Recently, there was an issue about an Inside Showbiz (Celebrity news-related magazine/website) article about Vice Ganda’s cosmetic (which MM was one of the campaign ambassadors) which the fans flared up about. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the original write up, but it’s basically Vice Ganda emphasizing why her hashtag #GandaForAll fits her campaign image of her lipstick shades fitting all types of beauty, whether it’s a dark-skinned girl or a fair-skinned girl, or somewhere in-between. Kisses and Maymay were chosen as image ambassadors of the brand, and Vice compared the differences in beauty type of the girls which are contrasting indeed: maputi-maitim, matangos ang ilong-pango and other comparisons of features.
AND FLYERS WERE EVERYWHERE!
I’m sorry, but I’m not one of those people who spoke about it, because honestly, I didn’t see any offense to it. The fans were mad because they felt that Maymay was being belittled being called dark and pango (small-nose/flat-nosed) beside Kisses who was the standard beautiful of fair-skinned and tall nose in the Philippines (in particular).
I have some issue with getting offended being called maitim because I don’t think that word should be given a value equivalent to an insult. It’s an adjective to describe what is visually apparent, so what is there to be offended about? If Maymay is called maitim does that make her ugly? NO. If she is pango and someone pointed it out to describe her feature, without using it to demean her being a person, does that automatically mean they are insulting her? NO! The intention was taken out of context, being triggered (I understand, but still), that it blows out of proportion, and bad vibes spread.
On the other hand, to be precise, Maymay is not exactly dark, she’s more of morena or brown-skinned (for lack of a better description) which is typically and traditionally Filipino. Nonetheless, I know many dark-skinned girls, and one of my newer co-teachers is probably one of the darkest I’ve been friends with, but she is gorgeous, nonetheless. Moreover, I know that being called pango is historically and culturally an insult in society just because we’ve been so into the Western standard of beauty, right? Filipinos are Asian. We descended from the Malays and Aitas, our race carries this genetic physical form, it is not a deformity, so quit thinking that it’s a freagin insult. It’s not! It shouldn’t be anymore. It’s 2017 for fucks sake. Look, I’ve been called pango so many times by my own family member just because they’ve been gifted with better noses. My mom even told me that if I have money, I should get a nose job. Whether that was in jest or a concern clothed in insult, I would never get a nose job. Why? Especially if I’ll look better with one? Well, that’s not my nose. My nose functions find without that tall bridge to show the world. I was born with this nose. If being called pango is the only way people can describe my nose, then so be it! It’s a word, it’s a description.
So seriously, pointing IS out as insulting for that description which Vice Ganda actually stated originally (why not flame him instead, huh?)is a testament of how many people, including members of this fandom, still has standard for beauty. It’s ironic because Maymay is already a walking testament of morena/dark beauty which should be a standard of beauty too (if there should be standards in the first place) and we idolize her, but a single polarization of what she is not, gets everybody’s butt in flames.
FOCUS KASI TAYO HA. FOCUS TAYO. Ika nga ni Maymay. >D