courtesy of John AridaIt amuses me – both positively and otherwise – to no end how watching a live or live stream of beauty pageants can bring out the (measly number of) good and (overwhelmingly) bad in people. Being judgmental seemed to be the trend last night when the comments on the Q&A of Miss Philippines Earth 2015 Angelia Ong (on Rappler’s FB Page) started a flood of mostly negative replies that brought out the grammar nazis and preachy individuals from their iron-clad shells.
There were those who questioned how the question about same-sex marriage should have been worded to elicit the right answer. And there were also the ones who poked fun at how Angelia mentioned “sex marriage” instead of “same-sex marriage” in her answer (keep in mind how the tension during the segment was extra palpable). But more glaring are the commenters who started spewing biblical quotes and religious beliefs after Angelia gave an affirmative response on the subject matter. It was a heady mix of exchange that effortlessly revealed how these people simply love their quick transformations to fault-finders extraordinaire.
I have no intentions of playing lawyer to Angelia’s defense. And I have long learned to ignore the proliferation of the grammar enforcers among us. But for the extremely religious, there is always a right time and place to air such fundamental thoughts. I like the way how a poster on writingforums.org named “Chicken Freak” stated the following on being preachy.
“…Don’t twist the story to serve the message. If the story can’t stand on its own just as a good yarn, it’s going to be a poor vehicle for carrying a message.
Similar, but not quite identical, don’t twist the characters to serve the message. The character who has the Wrong Views doesn’t also need to be mean, ugly, unlikable, and miserable. The one with the Right Views doesn’t need to be handsome, likable, and accomplished. Don’t act like you’re God, doling out just punishments and rewards to your characters.”
The example I quoted above may not serve the most effective argument (since the forum is primarily meant for aspiring writers), but it does make sense without taking things out of context or getting too sidelined by doctrined morality and the like.
How about you, dear readers?
I’d like to hear your inputs on the matter.