The other day, I was watching a video on Facebook about a group of filmmakers who were caught in a predicament: should they rescue the emperor penguins which were trapped in a ravine, or should they let nature run its course and uphold the documentarist's code of non-intervention?
I pinged my good friend Gretchen a few hours before the screening of "2 Cool 2 Be 4Gotten" at Glorietta:
The film, which won Best Picture at the recent Cinema One Originals, was directed by a friend, Petersen Vargas (who is also at the helm of TEAM Magazine's new web series, "Hanging Out".)
Aside from the obvious reason that I enjoy supporting the work of friends I respect and admire, I was curious about the gay angle of the film. The characters were young high school students, and I wondered how Petersen and writer Jason Paul Laxamana (who was also behind the Cinemalaya indie flick "Mercury is Mine") would balance creating a story that doesn't devolve into stereotypes while, at the same time, would not alienate the mostly straight (and perhaps conservative) audience.
I wasn't disappointed.
You do not understand.
You do not understand because you refuse to understand anything that falls outside your realm of experience.
(And perhaps that will be the frailty of your empathy: that you, as a person who has lived with so much privilege, must always use yourself as the measuring stick of what it means to be human.)
You scoff and say: who are these people, and why are they out in the streets? Don't we let them live? What else are they asking for?
You laugh. You sneer. You mock.
HELLO, MY NAME IS EVAN TAN.
I'm a writer and communications professional based in Manila, Philippines. Outside of my regular job, I like to travel, work out, volunteer, watch movies and plays, go to art galleries/ fairs and museums, read books, and eat vegetarian food.
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