Filipino Facebook users react to satire post: THE KILLERS MANILA CONCERT PROTESTED BY RELIGIOUS GROUPS

25 Sep

A couple of friends shared this Facebook post that caught my attention today, about religious groups in Manila supposedly protesting an upcoming The Killers concert because of the band’s name. I read it, and it didn’t take much to realize it was satire. The tone clued me in, but it was really the use of the names “The Virgin Maries” and “Yema Kutsinta” (popular Filipino desserts) that gave it away, along with citing the author’s own Twitter account and a nonexistent Instagram post (Edit: Also, look closely at the photo).

When I first checked, there were over 500 shares. Now, only a few hours later, there are over 1,200 shares. An alarming majority of them, I’d estimate about 90% at least, didn’t seem to get the joke.

Facebook Reaction to Facebook Satire Post on the Philippine Religious Groups Versus The Killers

Facebook Reaction to Facebook Satire Post on the Philippine Religious Groups Versus The Killers
Rough translation: “Why are people in the Philippines so stupid? They haven’t even listened to the songs and they’re already saying this just because of the band’s name. There are just too many religious groups these days crying for attention.”

Facebook Reaction to Facebook Satire Post on the Philippine Religious Groups Versus The Killers

Facebook Reaction to Facebook Satire Post on the Philippine Religious Groups Versus The Killers

More where those came from.

Upon realizing that people were missing the satire, my knee-jerk reaction was to post about my disbelief. It blew my mind how quickly this article with made-up quotes, comical names and make-believe events had swayed the opinion of hundreds of people overnight, without even really trying to hide its true intentions.

But had it really swayed anyone’s opinion?

My boyfriend told me that most people probably didn’t even read the post itself — they read the title, saw the photo, and shared. I thought about it and decided he was right, but that only made me see this in a different, possibly worse light: Maybe people didn’t catch the satire precisely because their negative opinion was set long before the post was up. Maybe Mr. Arboleda (the poster) simply give them a reason to express said opinion.

Scrolling through several dozen comments of those who shared the post, I saw a lot of intelligent people with well-thought-out reactions. I refuse to believe that they just didn’t get the satire, and argue instead that they probably just didn’t get that far.

Maybe a lot of Filipinos these days immediately tend to think the worst of their country, of its people, of religion, of people in general. That bothered me, not just the prejudice itself, but that there’s probably a number of reasons why that prejudice came about.

I haven’t decided which one I think is worse.

I tweeted Mr. Arboleda and he seems to be having a good laugh about it. Gotta hand it to him, he wrote that article in such a way that it really could seem passable for published online news. Wouldn’t be surprised if this makes it on the local news tonight!

  • http://www.myoptimind.com/seo-philippines Cris Monde

    Hilarious post! haha! halatang edited ang photo.. Mukang sa Paint lang yata ginawa yun eh! xD

    • http://abbyreyes.com/ Abby

      Haha, exactly! But I have to admit, I only noticed the bad Photoshop job after realizing it was satire. I wish everyone could just laugh about this post instead of getting all riled up!

      Thanks for the comment!

  • damon steine

    my first reaction was to check if this was one more of the hits from SWN, which usually gets the best of us Pinoys. and then i found your post, which indeed told me that it was a classic case of a satire piece going out of hand.

    lol

    http://huntingformetaphors.wordpress.com/

    • http://abbyreyes.com/ Abby

      A classic case of “don’t trust everything you read on the internet” haha. Our skepticism saved us. Glad I could help, and thanks for the comment!

      • damon steine

        Thank you too. had a good laugh at the reactions =)

  • geez

    I’ve got a completely different outlook on this one. This is ridiculous and utterly stupid.

    • http://abbyreyes.com/ Abby

      Thanks for the comment! I’m not sure which part you’re describing (the FB post, the reaction, or my blog post), but please feel free to share. I’m open to differing opinions!

  • Alfred Neuman

    Most religious people I know would at least do a little research first. Maybe they should watch The Killers’ skit with Jimmy Kimmel where they go out and kill a random celebrity to relax before each gig.

    • http://abbyreyes.com/ Abby

      I tend to agree, if by that you mean the original post is implausible, but I wouldn’t even be that surprised if anyone actually protested this for real. Let’s all remember though that many of these religious groups do not necessarily represent the views an entire religion, and certainly not of an entire country.

      Thanks for the comment!

  • Sofía Hakansson

    I read the whole (now knowing is fake) article and I honestly believe it because fanatic people could easily make a protest for stuff like the name hahaha and I thought that was the most ridiculous thing because Brandon is a fucking mormon omg but trying to find the source of that over all the social networks, I started to doubt if that would be real or from where was coming until saw a screenscap of a tweet saying is fake, and I thought how double stupid was lol

    • http://abbyreyes.com/ Abby

      Good for you that you had the sense to search for the source! Anyway, you’re right, there is a reason why many people believed it right away (hence my closer on “prejudice”) since there have been some unfortunate precedents. But thank you for using the word “fanatic” instead of generalizing with “religious” or “Christian” – it’s certainly a more accurate term.

      And thanks for the comment!