Thursday, June 04, 2009



Thank you to for this. It saved my life since those corporate shits have decided to go after a mere fan who posted this favorite scene from "The Devil Wears Prada" in Youtube in the name of "intellectual property rights."

Miranda and her assistants are deciding between two similar belts for an outfit. Andy sniggers because she thinks they look exactly the same.

Miranda Priestly:
Something funny?

Andy Sachs:
No, no, nothing. Y'know, it's just that both those belts look exactly the same to me. Y'know, I'm still learning about all this stuff.

Miranda Priestly:
This... 'stuff'? Oh... ok. I see, you think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don't know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise, it's not lapis, it's actually cerulean.

You're also blindly unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St Laurent, wasn't it, who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers.

Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic "casual corner" where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of "stuff."

Aside from adherence to "fashion psychology," this monologue really strikes a chord because I sometimes find myself around people who don't think writing for Philippine entertainment TV shows is a "noble" job, much like how Kris Aquino laments comments like, "Ateneo graduate ka naman. You're smart. Bakit ganyan ang trabaho mo?"

Unfortunately I do not have a Miranda Priestleyesque reply to such condescension. Sabi nga nila, you don't have to explain yourself to anyone. Just let it be known that if you start on it, I might take offense and bahala ka na lang kung paano mag-react (which would depend on my mood).

I remember a recent conversation with a researcher from the Inquirer. Ang most viewed column daw sa Inquirer website ay 'yung kay Dolly Ann Carvajal. "Eh, nakakahiya namang i-declare na'yun ang most viewed site kaya ang ginawa na lang kinategorize na lang namin na ito 'yung Most Viewed Business Column, Most Viewed Showbiz Column..." Nag-react talaga ako ng: "Ano ang nakakahiya ru'n?"

Of course he was eventually able to explain himself; that he used the wrong word and that what he meant was Inquirer just didn't want their news website to be a showbiz website, as opposed to the credible (though sometimes maligned) Valid naman. Pero napaka-valid ding insight (na dapat naisip ng researcher na'to) na the very people who read Inquirer are also interested in showbiz affairs, and they shouldn't be made to feel embarrassed about that.

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