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Oscar Picazo: Jim's voice and words reflect a supercilious attitude, like an angry boss to his driver

ELITISTA NGA! By Oscar Picazo

So what do I make out of the Jim Paredes tirade against young Duterte followers in the EDSA event yesterday? I usually just comment on the logic of arguments without regard to the socioeconomic background of the arguers. But in this instance, the background of the arguers is important to take into consideration, because such background comes into play in power politics.
1. Jim is much older than the youngsters. In Philippine society, the elderly are respected by the younger generation, and one can see this social pattern of behavior in the youngsters as they called Jim "sir."

2. Jim, because of his fame as a singer/celebrity, has a much higher social standing than the youngsters. This can also be a reason why the youngsters were deferential to him.

3. The tone of Jim's voice, and his words ("Look at me! Look at me!") clearly reflects a supercilious attitude, like an angry boss to his driver, for instance.

So it is clear that the exchange was not between equals, and Jim - because of his Ateneo education - must have known this, but he proceeded to bully the young Duterte supporters anyway.

The video, which I watched three times, perfectly captures the elitist attitude of the yellow crowd to those who do not subscribe to their views. It is a strange and hypocritical attitude, because they are the ones who keep harping on "democracy" and "laylayan" politics, inclusiveness, and participation.

Note that never did the youngsters throw brickbats at the older, wealthier, and more socially secure Jim, although it would have been easy to do so.

So who is Disente and who is not, in this video? Obvious, di ba?

And I did not even deal with the substance of their argument!

Veteran columnist Malou Tiquia also aired her comment on the altercation between Jim Paredes and the group Duterte Youth.

"Why there is a disconnect...on the other hand, the Duterte Youth has been mocked since Day 1. But ppl do not get it. That is a form of silent protest. You don't need a multitude. You just need 7 courageous individuals w their tarp, no shouts but with raised fists. And when taunted, they just hold their ground. I have seen some of the members of this group. They attended the Federalism mtgs. Quiet, taking down notes n expressing their thoughts.

If Paredes did that to my cohorts, there would have been a rumble. But the Duterte Youth taught us a lot and in their own ways, the future may just be alright..."

Oscar Picazo: Jim's voice and words reflect a supercilious attitude, like an angry boss to his driver Oscar Picazo: Jim's voice and words reflect a supercilious attitude, like an angry boss to his driver Reviewed by Raelyn Luchansky on 3:21:00 AM Rating: 5

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