The Hapless Snob

If this was food, who would want to order such a thing?!

Pardon me if today’s menu leaves a bad taste in the mouth. I was not suppose to blog about this, I have been reading a lot about her on other people’s blogs that my attention for her in my own blog is a waste of time, effort and gray matter. But I give in. I cannot for one more second stare on and just shut up.

Case in Point: Malu Fernandez

Ai caramba, who is she? Do we have to talk about her? Yes I have an itch that needs scratching (not that kind of itch, perv).

Malu Fernandez is a columnist of Manila Standard Today and has an article for People Asia Magazine. Let me correct that, she wrote THE article that stirred up the latest blogosphere controversy. “From Boracay to Greece”. A self-proclaimed diva, and what others have put is a “pretentious, name dropping attention hogger”.

Scan shots of the article: (as printed on People Asia, June 2007)

just click anywhere outside the zoomed in image to view this page again (or open in a different tab or window, especially if it’s loading slow and it’s boring you hehehe)
People Asia June 2007 page 30 People Asia June 2007 page 31

Key notes:

To save on my ticket, I bravely took an economy class seat on Emirates as recommended by my travel agent. Ron excitedly told me to go for it – Emirates had won best economy class and some award. However I forgot that the hub was in Dubai and the majority of the OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) were stationed there. The duty-free shop was overrun with Filipino workers selling cell phones and perfume. Meanwhile, I wanted to slash my wrist at the thought of being trapped in a plane with all of them.

While I was on the plane (where the seats were so small I had bruises on my legs), my only consolation was the entertainment on the small flat screen in front of me. But it was busted, so I heaved a sigh, popped my sleeping pills and dozed off to the sounds of gum chewing and endless yelling of “HOY! Kumusta ka na? At taga saan ka? Domestic helper ka rin ba?” Translation: “Hey there? Where are you from? Are you a domestic helper as well?” I though I had died and God had sent me to my very own private hell.

On my way back, I had to bravely take the economy flight once more. This time I had already resigned myself to being trapped like a sardine in a sardine can with all these OFWs smelling of AXE and Charlie cologne while my Jo Malone evaporated into thin air.

Obviously that article garnered a lot of complaints and then she went ahead and wrote a response article in Manila Standard Today entitled: Am I being a diva? Or do you lack common sense?

And the key notes here are as follows:

As I type this, I’d like you to know that it’s not about whining, complaining and bitching but just stating the facts. Just recently, I wrote a funny article in my magazine column and my friends thought it was hilarious. It was humorous and quite tongue-in-cheek, or at least I thought so, until the magazine got a few e-mails from people who didn’t get the meaning of my acerbic wit. The bottom line was just that I had offended the reader’s socioeconomic background. If any of these people actually read anything thicker then a magazine they would find it very funny. Most people don’t get the fact that they need bitches like me to shake up their world, otherwise their lives would be boring and mediocre. I obviously write for the a certain target audience and if what I write offends you, just stop reading.

Although it may sound elitist to you the fact is this country is built on the foundation of haves, have-nots and wannabes. One group will never get the culture of the other. Although I could mention that it is easier to understand someone who has a lower socioeconomic background that would entail a whole other page and frankly I don’t want to be someone to bridge the gap between socioeconomic classes. I leave that to the politicians in my family who believe they can actually help. Now I seriously ask you, am I being a diva or are people around me just lacking in common sense? Perhaps it’s a little of both!

I do not know why her editors allowed the first article to be printed. And her friends actually do not find fault in it either? Maybe it’s an inside joke that only those who actually know her could understand and actually find humorous. But before this article, who actually do know Malu Fernandez? I know I didn’t.

Malu Fernandez seems to be one of a kind. Let’s face it, in every society there are bad people who are just a waste of oxygen, food, land mass and water. Much like a basket of tomatoes, a spoiled tomato usually affect those tomatoes close to it and turn them bad. Malu might be one of those bad tomatoes in this basket. But I don’t know, I am thankful I am far far farrrr away from her and her 17 kg worth of superfluous accessories.

Haves? Have Nots? Wannabes? Please. Does she believe she’s part of what she calls the group that has everything? Is she really that HIGH class? If THAT was the case, she wouldn’t be pinching her budget and fly economy. She would have splurged and gone first class then she didn’t need to suffer hours and hours of her “private hell”. She wouldn’t have to write ridiculous comments about how the seats bruised her legs and all that discriminative remarks about OFWs who by the way weren’t doing anything wrong to make their existence intolerable. Is she royalty to despise all people who are not in “the same level” as she is? If she was as airy as she seems to project, heck she doesn’t need a plane to transport her to Greece. She’s not an elitist, she, in her own classification is a wannabe.

I honestly could not blame other people who insult her, because she instigated it by spurting out her “witty” remarks. And my gosh, her article response to the complaints was more offensive that the first article! Sentence after sentence, she insults the readers, the Filipinos, even the politicians in her family who believe they can make a difference to our country (she comes from a family of politicians, so she feels all mighty and powerful, is that it? tsk tsk). She calls it acerbic humor? I call it bigotry!

Oh you’d find more useful stuff in the following links: Sorry I didn’t go around looking for other articles, these are the ones I stumbled upon.

PS. As you type in your comment, recite this tantra that I was reciting while writing this post: I will not resort to name calling. I will not resort to name calling. I will not resort to name calling… :sweat: Oh what the heck, go on say what you will. 😮

Update: I do not know if this is for real or not but nonetheless, I will post it.

Statement from Malu Fernandez on the OFW Controversy

I am humbled by the vehement and heated response provoked by my article entitled ‘From Boracay to Greece!’ which came out in the June 2007 issue of People Asia. To say that this article was not meant to malign, hurt or express prejudice against the OFWs now sounds hollow after reading through all the blogs from Filipinos all over the world. I am deeply apologetic for my insensitivity and the offensive manner in which this article was written, I hear you all and I am properly rebuked. It was truly not my intention to malign hurt or express prejudice against OFWs.

As the recent recipient and target of death threats, hate blogs, and deeply personal insults, I now truly understand the insidiousness of discrimination and prejudice disguised as humor. Our society is bound together by human chains of kindness and decency. I have failed to observe this and I am now reaping the consequences of my actions. It is my fervent hope that the lessons that Ive learned are not lost on all those who through anonymous blogs, engaged in bigotry, discrimination, and hatred ( against overweight individuals , for example )

I take full responsibility for my actions and my friends and family have nothing to do with this. To date I have submitted my resignation letters to both the Manila Standard and People Asia, on that note may this matter be laid to rest.


8 Replies to “The Hapless Snob”

  1. Unfortunately, I’m not the type who’d go name calling. *lol*

    I’ve read about this in a mailing list. I didn’t read her whole article because the first few sentences kind of bored me. Who’s she? She’s not even interesting at all and I find it a wonder that she’s a writer in a magazine. The post in the ML only quoted one part of her article. That is about wanting to slash her wrist. I thought she should have done that since she wanted to. Thanks to you, I was able to read her other insults in the article. What’s her article really about, btw? I do not find any point in it other than to insult her countrymen. She must have drugged her editors to have this article published.

    Funny how some people insult her back by saying like a pig, etc. ^^; Couldn’t they say anything harsher than that? 😆

  2. I guess her editors are also idiots and bigots like her otherwise they would’nt have run that article.
    One good thing though is it made me read blogs like this one (have’nt read any blogs at all). Found out there are lots of brilliant minds out there.
    I’m on OFW here in Dubai and flies Emirates, hopefully she won’t fly this way again and I do read books thicker than a magazine..

  3. Hey, J!

    MIss you na, kaya binisita ko na blog mo! He. He.

    Anyway, ano ba yang post mo na yan, Pinay na prejudiced? Di bale sana kung kasing ganda mo sya, pero wala pa din syang karapatan magsalita ng ganyan.

    Sumaryosep, paurong na yata talaga pati mga magazine dyan sa Pinas, ‘no?

    Di bale wag mo aksayahin oras mo sa kanya. Balik ka na sa Yahoo. At least kikita ka pa. Dyan sa Malu na yan, makukunsumi ka lang. Dadami wrinkles mo. He. He.

  4. Updated my post to include “her apology” found in geocities.

    Thank you Shabby, Brakuldo and Kuya Noli for dropping by and adding your opinions.

  5. Hey, just want to reply at your comment sa blog ni Makoy! 😛

    Yung punong bumagsak sa LB, sa may Admin bldg. yun. Yung papuntang Landbank. 😛 Bumagsak yun dahil kay Milenyo.

    Wala lang. Hehe.

  6. funny Malu!

    After publishing those 2 thoughtless articles she is “deeply apologetic”!?

    waaa! srew ‘er!

    Well anyway, buh bye Malu.

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