Once more, the antics of popular TV host Willie Revillame makes the news.
This time, Revillame is taken to task for having made fun of a 6-year old boy who had to dance a macho dancer-style dance. The video of the event, whose proliferation on YouTube has probably reached viral levels by now, shows Revillame making fun of the boy, nicknamed “Jan-Jan”, who was crying as he danced for a sum of P10,000.
Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman was not amused by the spectacle, stating, “Persuading a little child to dance sexy adult dances in exchange for a measly sum, while he is being laughed at and ridiculed will definitely traumatize the child.” She also stated that what Revillame did to Jan-Jan was child abuse, and would investigate the incident.
In his defense, Revillame, along with the producers of “Willing Willie”, his show on TV5, apologized for the incident, saying that the boy “appeared to be sad or even in tears, not because he was forced to dance, but because he felt the dance was ‘serious’ and he was playing a role. He did not want to smile because of his missing upper front teeth and because of the presence on the set of former basketball player Bonel Balingit whom Jan-Jan thought was a scary ‘giant’”.
It’s easy to apologize once something has been done. One can only wonder how much longer people will tolerate the antics of Revillame, who seems to be made of Teflon, as he has been able to shrug off controversy after controversy with little impact to his popularity.