Nakipagpulong ang Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) kay Vice Ganda (aka Jose Marie Viceral) at sa mga ABS-CBN executives noong June 5, upang pag-usapan ang mga “do’s and don’ts” sa comedy bar humor.
Subalit may ilang kumukuwestiyon sa move na ito ng MTRCB. Ang tanong ng ilang netizens: nasa jurisdiction ba ng ahensiya ang pay-per-view?
Ayon sa Presidential Decree 1986, ang main function ng MTRCB ay, “ To screen, review and examine all motion pictures …, television programs, including publicity materials such as advertisements, trailers and stills, whether such motion pictures and publicity materials be for theatrical or non-theatrical distribution, for television broadcast or for general viewing, imported or produced in the Philippines, and in the latter case, whether they be for local viewing or for export…”
Ang "gang rape" joke ni Vice Ganda (o Jose Marie Borja Viceral sa totoong buhay) ay napanood sa Araneta Coliseum at sa pamamagitan ng pay-per-view noong May 17.
Sa mga Twitter posts ng MTRCB noong June 6, sinabi nito na, "While noting the wit of comedy bar humor, the MTRCB emphasized the do's and don'ts for TV to ABS-CBN execs and talent Viceral."
Sa ginanap na meeting noong June 5, pinaalalahanan si Vice Ganda at ang mga Kapamilya executives na iwasan ang "potentially offensive humor off-cam," at ayon sa tanggapan, "disposes one to stick to wholesome humor on-cam."
Sinabi ng MTRCB na ang mga dumalo sa pagpupulong “were oriented on laws protecting women, children, persons with disabilities and senior citizens, also on Broadcast Code norms," ang sabi sa report ng GMA News website.
Pero pinuna ng ilang Netizens ang pakikialam ng MTRCB chairman na si Atty. Toto Villareal.
Ayon sa ilang comments na nai-post sa iba't ibang social networking sites at blog ng journalist na si Ellen Tordesillas, hindi na dapat sakop ng MTRCB ang pay-per-view.
Narito ang paliwanang ng isang netizen na nagngangalang "manuelbuencamino" (published as is):
"There is free TV and pay-per-view. In pay-per-view the choice clearly belongs to the buyer alone.
"Pay-per-view is different from pay cable because the latter involves a subscriber paying for cable channels but without any control over what the cable channel will air.
"Kumbaga if one subscribes to HBO, one gets all the shows aired by HBO whether one likes them or not.
"The only control in the hands of the subscriber is the remote control clicker to turn off the TV or to change channels.
"Bottom-line, the MTRCB should limit itself to review and classification and not to go into censorship, specially subscribed cable and pay per view.
"Free TV is another matter. The role of the MTRCB in that area is a little fuzzier— when does review and classification become prior restraint and a threat to freedom of expression?
"As far as I observe it here, pay per view provider has only to abide by the legality of the contents of their programming to be in business...no child pornography or any illegal programming…
"If it [is an] adult program, the viewers or subscriber must agree to the conditions and it is the parents responsibilities to give parental discretion for their children...since most of this gadgets are passwords lockable.
"Just make sure that you are not on sleep or hibernation as what happened to our lady friend when we watch Pacquiao match that when somebody switch, the sleeping channel tuned to xxx awaken and we have to gather the kids inside the rooms, before someone shut it off…but the kids teased us laters [sic], we have seen them on PCs and the truly innocents just did not know what was going on."
Heto pa ang excerpts ng comments ng ilang Netizens tungkol sa issue:
- "I think pay-per-view may be considered private and therefore may be beyond the jurisdiction of MTRCB. If a person wants to spend money to view a 'vulgar show', that is his or her business..."
- "MTRCB should not regulate anything on pay-per-view... they do not have any say on ppv because peeps paid money to watch something as if they were there live..."
- it's a pay-per-view, do not pay if you don't want to watch. OA na yang MTRCB, dapat ng buwagin yang agencia na yan.
- OA naman ng MTRCB. Censorship na iyan. Binayaran mo nga, e, for your private time. But if the initiative aims to remind Vice Ganda and ABS-CBN para hindi na gawin sa TV, that's okay. Kasi nakakabahala rin na May 17 pa yung show, e, ang late ng reaction ng tao. It's like indicating na tanggap ang ganoong joke sa publiko. Tsk. But, MTRCB, huwag na makiaalam sa pay-per-view.
BACKGROUND. Samantala, bukod kay Jessica, isinali rin ni Vice sa kanyang mga biro sa concert ang ibang Kapamilya stars gaya nina Kris Aquino, Boy Abunda, Kim Atienza, Gus Abelgas pati na rin ang mga pulitikong sina Nancy Binay, Grace Poe, at Pia Hontiveros.
Nagbigay na ng public apology si Vice Ganda sa It’s Showtime noong May 29.
Bilang tugon, naglabas ng statement si Jessica noong araw ding iyon at sinabing, "Rape is not a joke and should never be material for a comedy concert."
Pinasalamatan din ng news anchor ang mga sumuporta sa kanya at sinabing ang isyu rito ay hindi tungkol sa kanya kundi ang mga “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."
In-acknowledge naman ni Jessica ang apology ni Vice Ganda at sinabing, "I sincerely hope and pray that this was done with the purest intentions and determination to put this issue behind us."