Broad­caster slammed for trans­gen­der re­marks

Tempo - - Entertainment - (Robert R. Requintina)

NA­TIONAL Youth Com­mis­sion (NYC) Com­mis­sioner Perci Cen­daña has crit­i­cized ABS CBN broad­caster and for­mer vice pres­i­dent Noli de Cas­tro for al­legedly mak­ing fun of Jake Zyrus, the artist for­merly known as Charice Pem­pengco, dur­ing an episode on “TV Pa­trol” re­cently.

Dur­ing the episode, broad­caster Ted Failon said that he no­ticed the change in Zyrus voice. De Cas­tro com­mented: “Ang tawag dyan ay cli­mate change. Marami ta­la­gang nag­babago ngayon.”

Cen­daña said that jokes about trans­gen­der are vul­ner­a­ble to stigma and dis­crim­i­na­tion.

“When a pop­u­lar broad­caster and for­mer vice pres­i­dent mocks a trans­gen­der man, he is not only of­fend­ing LGBT (les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual, and trans­gen­der) peo­ple, he is also set­ting a bad ex­am­ple to his au­di­ence, es­pe­cially to the youth,” said Cen­daña, in a state­ment.

“Such re­marks re­in­force dis­crim­i­na­tion against LGBT peo­ple. This is very alarm­ing as young LGBTs are ex­tremely vul­ner­a­ble to stigma and dis­crim­i­na­tion. Bul­ly­ing, ridicule, and abuse not only psy­cho­log­i­cally af­fect the youth, but also de­ter their de­vel­op­ment and growth.”

Cen­daña has called on De Cas­tro to apol­o­gize for his al­leged of­fen­sive re­marks against Zyrus.

“By rec­ti­fy­ing the of­fen­sive and dis­crim­i­na­tory re­marks, the for­mer vice pres­i­dent will set a good ex­am­ple to his au­di­ence, es­pe­cially the youth. We urge him to be an ally for ac­cep­tance and equal­ity,” he added.

Dubbed by Oprah Win­frey as the “most tal­ented girl in the world,” Pem­pengco made his­tory when she be­came the first Filipino singer and Asian artist to en­ter the Top 10 of the Bill­board Chart Hot 200 al­bums in 2010. Her in­ter­na­tional stu­dio al­bum “Charice” peaked at No. 8.

Her song “Pyra­mid,” a duet with Iyaz and lifted from the same al­bum, also made the Hot 100 chart.

Pem­pengco’s sec­ond in­ter­na­tional al­bum was “In­fin­ity” re­leased in 2011. On the same year, she also ap­peared in Sea­son 2 of the hit Amer­i­can mu­si­cal­drama-com­edy tele­vi­sion se­ries “Glee.”

From be­ing a les­bian, Pem­pengco de­cided to be­come a trans­gen­der. He also said that he is con­sid­er­ing sex­ual re­as­sign­ment surgery to com­plete his jour­ney to be­come a man.


NOLI de Cas­tro

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