During his concert at the Araneta Coliseum, Vice Ganda made fun of Soho's weight and "joked that if Jessica Soho were a bold star in a movie, the scene would have to involve a 'gang rape,'" GMA News Online reported.Soho, class act that she is, responds with grace:
"Rape is not a joke and should never be material for a comedy concert," Jessica Soho, who is GMA's Vice President for News and Public Affairs, said in a statement.There are many no-go zones when it comes to humour. Rape is top of that list along with a woman's physical appearance and her children. Some folks in showbiz and cyberspace simply cannot get that and create entire cult followings hinged upon a taste for vicious attacks against a person's personal circumstances which, otherwise, is really none of anyone's business.
"I thank all those who shared my hurt and expressed their support, but this should not be about me but about rape victims who suffer tremendously from this terrible crime. The horrors they go through are unspeakable and should never be taken lightly, especially by way of a cruel joke," Soho said in a statement sent to GMA News Online.
Philippine society can best be evaluated by sampling the sort of people Filipinos put on a pedestal. Vice Ganda is at the top of his game and is considered a demigod by his legions -- millions and millions -- of fans. He attracts a hefty talent fee for every appearance and, as such, puts a concrete peso value on the solid business proposition the dysfunctional aesthetic tastes of Filipinos command. It is a business value proposition around which much of Philippine showbiz was built.