Next year the Philippines will exercise her citizens’ right by voting in the 2016 Presidential elections. Politics in our country can be really fun and some would even dub it as “show business for ugly people.” The advent of social media has made the sensation even more colorful. For Filipinos, living in a democratic country, the internet is another avenue to express their freedom.
Speaking of elections, social media sites e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and many more becomes outlet of political campaigns. The public opinion of netizens can either be sympathetic or unforgiving. However, if a certain personality ignited the rage of the internet users, that person, regardless of whatever position he/she has, deserves a meme treatment.
For the time being, there no other political entity in the Philippines that has been heavily scrutinized by memes than the Binay Family. This group of politicians lies on the comforts of Makati City — the leading economy hub of the country — and were in power for generations already. Starring frequently in this “news drama” are Vice President Jejomar Binay and his daugther, Senator Nancy Binay. Mayor Junjun Binay, Jejomar’s son, somehow takes the role of a sidekick of his blood related super heroes/ super villains.
Most of the memes against them has 2 common denominator themes: (1) Their dark complexion and (2) Their Political Controversies.
First, dark complexion. Unfortunately for the current Pinoy Pop culture, beauty is judged according to whiteness. That is why the dark skin of the Binays, particularly Nancy’s, is often subjected to ridicule — a charitable expression of the people’s disgusts of their political advancements.
Second, political controversies. This is a heavy topic. Most of these memes where targeted to the Alpha Male of the Binay Family — VP Jejomar Binay. These memes decorated Facebook News Feed since the exposure of multiple bank accounts, overpriced projects, political dynasties, awkward respond to issues, arrogant ambitions, and the antagonism of the current administration in which they are part of.
As a blogger, I have to maintain fairness on my writings without expressing my biases and prejudices. I have to make it clear that I have only display things I have seen circulating in the internet. The truth of the matter is that Binays have become a meme. These kind of posts can be both beneficial or harmful to their political careers.
Whether you abhor or support them based on what you’ve heard, you’ll be the judge.
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