Monday, September 22

By Danah and Stacy   Posted at  9:31 PM   tppstacy 425 comments
The Naked Truth is supposedly a fashion show by Bench, launching their latest collection of denim and underwear to be flaunted by the biggest celebrities and top models in the country.


After seeing photos from the much-talked about evening, I must say, it's everything BUT a fashion show. Unfortunately, Bench's annual production has evolved into some sort of live entertainment, starring objectified bodies of models and celebrities as they hypersexualize themselves on stage.

There are so many upsetting issues about The Naked Truth, aside from the show itself. Let me start off by sharing with you this link my twin sister saw circulating in Facebook. It's a short article compiling Instagram posts and tweets of celebrities who are part of the "fashion" show sharing how they've prepared for it. Click here to read it.

Done?

As you've noticed, Solenn Heussaff got even skinnier as compared to her usual svelte figure. Georgina Wilson counted down the days before the show with what seemed to me as stressful and exhausting hours at the gym, calling it "days of torture." She has other posts on her Instagram account with whiney captions saying she can't wait for the Bench show to finally come so she can get back to eating, or at least something other than kamote for Ellen Adarna.

Why is this upsetting? Well, it reinforces the thinking that working out must be done solely to LOOK GOOD and LOSE WEIGHT. That's all there is to it. They're not hitting the gym to get healthy and fit, the hell do they care about that, right? It's the last thing on their minds because all they can think about is how to shrink their bodies in time for the show. As if they're not thin enough to fit in Bench clothing! What kind of message does this send their followers who already adore them for their looks? I know they're followed by thousands of girls who idolize them. What will these girls think of their bodies now? More importantly, how will they treat their bodies after seeing these posts? It's very unhealthy and obsessive, focusing yet again on the aesthetics. I mean sure, it's a fashion show and certain preparations are necessary, but to torture their bodies that are already "perfect" in the eyes of society? These celebrities clearly do not fully understand the influence they have towards their followers, specially the young ones! This is why a lot of Filipinas, both old and young, have poor body-image—because these gorgeous models who are already at the top of their game publicly display how dissatisfied they are with their size. Their posts may not blatantly say they are, but if you look a little closer, it is what it is. I follow a lot of models on Instagram from all over the world (regular and plus size), those with healthy and positive body image, and they don't have a single post on how they're over-exercising and drastically dropping their calorie intake for a shoot or a show.

Before I continue, I must warn you that this post might seem like a rant because there is nothing praise-worthy I can say about the event. The reason I'm mustering the boldness and taking the time to speak up about this is to make you see the naked truth about The Naked Truth and what it's really promoting beyond hot bodies that scream sex, sex, and more sex (which sells, of course!)!


Girl on girl action on the stage of The Naked Truth

I was surprised to find out that two girls made out on stage, as actor Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo (not in photo) eagerly watched. This is why I can't bring myself to call this Bench show a fashion show. I see it more as soft porn on stage. If this was truly under the fashion category, then the focus would be on the clothes. The highlight would've been a pair of pants sprinkled with real gold dust or breezy underwear made from leather, or whatever trendy clothing innovation they're coming up with over at Bench. But no, this "fashion" show got people howling and cheering because celebrities and models get sexually explicit every year. 

As I stare at this photo, I can't help but think, why didn't any of the guys provide some same sex lip-locking? Why is it that all the time, for the sake of being daring and raunchy, two girls have to put on a sensual show? If you tell me it's because no one wants to see a dude kissing another dude, I'm gonna tell you off the bat, a lot of homosexuals in the audience would have gone wild to see Dennis Trillo and Tom Rodriguez make out. But why didn't they? Or at least, why didn't Bench have a little guy on guy action? Wouldn't that give the event even more buzz from the press?

I'm thinking it's because we're already too conditioned to see women's bodies as commodities that it's completely fine and "hot" when two girls start kissing each other, regardless if they're real lesbians or not. Guys like it, so guys get it. Their fantasies are never a taboo, and always celebrated. 

Case in point:



Everything about this photo makes my blood boil. I get it, Bench wants to join the kinky bandwagon and have a little S&M stint. But this is crossing the line. This is so demeaning. IT'S A WOMAN ON A LEASH, POSITIONED ON FOURS (LIKE A DOG) AS COCO MARTIN, IN HIS FULLY CLOTHED GLORY, WALKED THE STAGE.

WHAT THE F!@#$%^&*()(*&^%$#@#$%^&*(*&^%$#$%^&*()(*&^%$#@?!

I can't believe people (most specially women) actually clapped for this crap.

Since when did dehumanizing women to become anyone's pet become socially acceptable? It's bad enough that women's bodies are already being used in music videos and movies as eye candies and accessories. But for a woman to be portrayed as a pet? I never saw this coming. Not from Bench.

If they were aiming to represent lovers who have a thing for sex and masochism...wait. Why the hell would a clothing brand even dabble on publicizing a risqué and supposedly private activity?

Besides, didn't anybody from the company know that treating people like dogs (literally) was one of the cruel exercises the Nazis did in concentration camps to strip a person from his/her dignity and humanity? To make them feel utter shame and inferiority? No one felt uncomfortable enough to call this out from the production team? Not any one?

Is it because it's hidden under the guise of entertainment? Since it's a fashion show? Is this supposed to be freaking art now?

Because what I can clearly see whenever I look at the photos above is the glorification of two things: sex slavery and human trafficking. These are horrific crimes that are still happening until today, of which victims are mostly women.

Apparently Bench thinks it's cool and bold and totally okay to honor such pervertedness and degradation, they included their own "glamourized" version of it in their show.



Danah told me she saw this link on her newsfeed which compiled all the best bulges of the men who graced The Naked Truth, with the caption: "Admit it girls, we objectify men too." I'd like to say that I've never objectified men, but saying so would be a lie. There were times when seeing ads with male models portrayed as sex objects would give me utter satisfaction. HA! Now it's your turn to be objectified! But later on I realized, male bodies being reduced to merely a thing to fulfill women's fantasies doesn't make everything fair and equal. In fact, it causes a regression, pushing both genders back to acting like animals.

It's not one point for the girls just because a film entitled Magic Mike was released for our viewing pleasure. No. In fact, both sexes lose because as one gender is objectified, the other is encouraged to act like a primal being, enslaved to impulses and carnality.

If we continue to tolerate this form of "entertainment", before we know it, our society would be watching live porn right before their eyes and be so completely blinded and numbed by the media to see it as harmless amusement. Heck, it's happening now—a lot of people aren't even able to tell what can harm us as a society with the kind of sex-obsessed culture we are creating. We're becoming more and more reckless, not considering the values we impart to the youth who will be left to run this world when the future comes.

Is this what marketing has come to? Degrading and sexually objectifying human beings for the sake of profit? 

No wonder Jesus said the love for money is the root of all sorts of evil. It makes us forget that we are human beings with stories, souls, experiences, and emotions—not just mere bodies to sell underwear and jeans to through hypersexualization.

I have long been upset and fighting hard about how we, as women, have been victims of the media to see and treat our bodies as commodities, but Bench just proved that men are also becoming more and more subject to this demeaning predicament. And is that a win that we, females, should celebrate?

Definitely not.

How can events that tell us we're only as good as how our bodies look, or our worth is dependent on how "hot" or "fuckable" we are be seen as something to be acclaimed?

Is this sex-obsessed culture the type of environment we want for our kids?

Are vanity and sex the only good reasons to purchase anything these days?

I can't remember the last time I bought anything from Bench, because to be honest, I'm not a fan of their stuff. But if you shop in their stores and this post moved you to see the bigger picture on the principles they promote, I highly suggest you boycott Bench and all their products. Speak up about this "fashion" show. Share your thoughts online and offline. Don't be afraid to look like a "hater" to people who choose not to see and understand what's really happening here.

Remember, the truth will sound like hate to those who hate the truth.


Note: Rude and unthought comments that do not spark intellectual conversation about the issues stated in this post will be deleted.

If you're sharing this post to your friends and family, kindly add the hashtag #BOYCOTTBENCH

Thank you.



—S

425 comments:

  1. What I wonder about is wala bang pwedeng sector ng government na pwedeng makielam dito? And those student athletes, bakit hindi pwedeng makielam yung mga schools na pinapasukan nila, especially if enrolled pa sila?

    Some things are meant to stay in the bedroom. Sana nagkaroon ng boundaries.

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    1. Wala kasi malaki ang binabayad ng Bench sa gobyerno. So the government woud tolerate this but ignores the fact that this is the very source of rape, child molestation, and harrassment in our society.

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    2. http://www.pcw.gov.ph/article/pcw-condemns-acts-commodifying-women-and-men

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    3. Let us BOYCOTT BENCH PRODUCTS!
      Ang problema kasi malaki ang market ng sex na binebentahan nila...
      They should be ashamed of themselves... Kawawa ang mga kabataan... exploitation and glamorized prostitution!

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    4. That's what my mum said too. Sabi nya supporter din ni PNoy si Ben Chan tas friend pa ni Kris Aquino, kaya malamang walang mangingielam. Pero sa totoo lang, if genuine yung gusto nyang paglilingkod sa bayan, dapat kahit kaibigan kayang rebuke.

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  2. I super agree with you. On point, Stacey! As always. Coco Martin with the lady on a leash is wrong in SO many levels! :|

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  3. Thanks for bringing these issues to light. I'll focus this comment on the selling their bodies/sex sells:

    It's sad that the celebrities are also buying into the idea of working out for the sole reason to look good (just for the show), and couldn't compete with their huge billboards along EDSA, which are retouched (inadvertently confirmed by Ellen Adarna on her Instagram account).

    Next time their marketing/PR team should prompt these celebrities and models to tweet/instagram photos with accompanying captions that promote positive self-image- instead of trying to "torture" themselves while dieting or working out for their show?

    I guess Bench, which is a brand I normally like and trust, is trying to push the boundaries of how sex is thought of in our conservative society but sadly did not pull it off in a tasteful manner. They've resorted to cheap and tacky antics, and ultimately has left a bad taste in my mouth.

    (Pardon the nobela comment).

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    1. I couldn't agree more. It's alright for me if these celebrities are working out (come on, buhay nila yan e!) for as long as they're doing it in the name of healthy living. Why can't they be like Erwan Heussaff and Matteo Guidicelli who are, at least, not using their almost perfectly-fit bodies to get attention in a wrong way. Nonetheless, this would be a different story now.

      It's very clear that there are many loopholes seen during Bench's fashion last weekend. I do not even call this a "fashion show" because the focus wasn't really on Bench's newest line of products or how far they've come regardless of quality but on the celebrities and models with their senseless gimmicks. As for Coco Martin's case, he should not be the one to blame. I'm not a fan nor hater of Coco but I guess someone told him to do that. I can't believe he agreed to it and didn't had second thoughts, given that he's one of the most brilliant actors idolized by a lot of young people today.

      Again, that would be a different story now.


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    2. Tama ka... I felt sad when I saw coco wid DA girl on DA leash:(:(:(

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  4. Totally agree. That show made us women feel like we should always kill ourselves dieting ang hitting the gym to be "sexy". Also, what are they modelling? Clothes? Underwear? Or bodies? And people paid for that "fashion show" to watch people make out? Celebreties complain about wardrobe malfunction but this show is a total wardrobe disaster.

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  5. I totaly agree with you. This is cheap, sad, and pathetic. This is so degrading I swear. We shoilsnt tolerate this. There is no vision here just plain mediocrity and trash. I salute you!

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  6. Thanks for this twins. Can I quote you on my blog?

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  7. I never wanted to be a dog or ever wished to be treated like a dog. My goodness.

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  8. Ngayon dapat mangialam ang CBCP. Hindi yung kung anu ano ang pinapakialaman nila.

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    1. Bakit kailanganga CBCP? Hindi pa pwedeng tayo mismo na mga concerned ang mangialam?

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    2. Surely CBCP ay may position when it comes to morality, sexuality and humanity issue. Tama din, hindi ba pwedeng tayo mismo as concern citizen makialam?

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    3. They may be too busy fighting off their PR crisis on pedophilia and sexual harassment.

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    4. Why? Don't you ever think for yourself? Can't you decide what to do by yourself?

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    5. ...another anti-Catholic bigot doing what they do best, good job.

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  9. I've never understood why people would get so excited about this annual underwear show. O_o

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    1. It's celebrity driven. And its done every two years.

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    2. because they will be able to see bulges, boobies, crotches, and after that, single guys would go to the bathroom and fap, single girls as well. and partners would go fuck each other. libog na eh

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    3. coz lots of people are pervs. sad but true.

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  10. I super Agree this is an Eye Opener

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    1. Yes, it is an eye opener not for.you to be primitive

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    2. So pag may moral ka, primitive agad? Girl, you need to learn the difference between open minded and immoral.

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  11. I was surprised on the coco's pet photo. Gosh! Sooo darn wrong!!!

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  12. Agree on all points. I didn't see the lady on the leash until now, plus that girl on girl making out session surprised me too. Its a promotion alright, but not for their product but a weird and distorted mindset.

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  13. I wonder, do they allow minors to watch this annual "fashion show"?

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    1. The invite carries an R18 warning so Bench was clear that minors aren't allowed.

      I wonder if this was strictly implemented at the door, though.

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    2. Nope, minors can still see the pics on the Internet.

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    3. Even if the show itself was R18, pictures and documentations of the event was still made available online (most of which does not have age restrictions)

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    4. they may not allow minors to watch but the photos are all over the internet. The kids don't need to be in the show to see what really happened there. They see posters of these bold, half-naked celebrities in the malls and billboards. They would hardly miss it. The morals of society are crumbling.

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    5. I saw a post of a friend. She went to the event with her younger sister. That friend of mine's 3 years younger than me. I'm 20.

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  14. your article is a pretty unpopular one, but hey, you can't please everyone (nor you should try doing it!). however, let me share this unpopular comment, at least unpopular on your page:

    to each his own. the ones who went to that fashion show probably know what to expect. it's a fashion show entitled "the naked truth", and given the models in the line-up, they might hold up with the "naked part". some might call it art, or part of freedom of expression, and other stuff.

    if you don't like the product, don't buy it. if you don't like the show, don't watch. but don't try to stop those who want these stuff. it's like you hate those people who eat lechon just because you're a muslim.

    P0.02 :)

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    1. You are definitely right, but you dont understand the blogger's point. They could have entitled the event as soft core show sponsored by bench rather than "fashion show".

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    2. "...but don't try to stop those who want these stuff. it's like you hate those people who eat lechon just because you're a muslim."

      i think this is the whole point... it's about time someone actually tries to stop this kind of thinking. That all these are OK and acceptable. Because they are NOT. it's about time to bring back basic values. I am not very conservative, either, but the line has to be drawn somewhere. I wouldn't want my future daughter grwing up thinking that it's ok to be treated as a pet, or equate skinny to being healthy.

      And comparing this issue to muslims not eating lechon is just logically wrong as these are two very different things. Muslims don't eat pork because of their beliefs. And the fact that people are starting to BELIEVE that it's totally ok for people to do these things is very concerning.

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    3. It is a denim & underwear fashion show, not a peep show, ok? im not a conservative person, but the execution of the show is definitely tasteless. It is the biggest soft porn production ever produce in ph showbiz.

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    4. Oh! It's certainly the naked show. LOL. On on another note, is it really a freedom of expression when they are just told to do it? Ironic, eh? Also, if it's an art form, they surely expressed it but only in a despicable way. X_X I think, there's a fine line between art and nudity.

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    5. "if you don't like the product, don't buy it. if you don't like the show, don't watch. but don't try to stop those who want these stuff. it's like you hate those people who eat lechon just because you're a muslim."

      Your point actually made sense but it leads to another point:

      We respect Muslims for their ideals and traditions and they respect ours too because religion and beliefs are sacred to all. And this article is actually pointing out a universal truth and that is our human body and our sexuality is sacred regardless of religion or worldview. So all the more we have to be careful, right?

      If you post a small joke on muslims and lechon, it's already a big offense. But if others violate sexuality on a public manner and promote it on all media channels, it's okay and we let it be? I guess this kind of logic is the very reason our society is so messed up.

      This article might influence a tiny percentage of our society but it's a big leap for humankind. But your logic, if it spreads, will soon justify the case of rapists, perverts, pedophiles and maniacs because as you said... "don't try to stop those who want these stuff."

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    6. so don't stop child pornography because there are sex offenders who wants it? the blog was about the show, the acts. not the product.

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    7. freedom of expression? it's being published on the internet. There are kids who are on the internet. It affects the mindset of people who see it. is it okay to leash a girl and objectify her as a sex slave? hell no. watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_4dPB9MVS8

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    8. It's easy to say, if you don't like it, don't support it. However, society still needs to uphold a level of morality. Giving the solution of non-support is like saying, if you don't agree with what the Islamic State is doing - terrorising innocent villages, beheading journalists, etc - then don't watch the news or don't support their cause.

      If you really are part of this society, you will not sit by and watch the demoralisation of the society you belong in; rather, you will take active participation in upholding its values. If you see your child being sexually assaulted, will you turn away and not do anything because, well from what you've said, each to our own? That person must have a perversion for kids. I don't like it but each to our own? No, you will do something to protect your kid and make sure they're safe.

      It's the same with our society, do you sit by and let these appalling things go by because it's "art" or "freedom of expression" or do you do something about it?

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    9. You just don't get the blogger's point. What if I tell you, if you don't like the blog then don't read it. Why are you here commenting if you don't like it? My god. You're one of the reasons why our society never improves.

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    10. Parang ganto... kung ayaw mo ng rape, wag mong gawin. Pero wag ka din magsasalita. Ganon? Ganon ba dapat?

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    11. "If you don't like the show, don't watch" Yes, the blogger did not like the show. But that is not because she is a hater. She did not like it because obviously there is something wrong with the show. It is just so wrong to portray humans (both male and female) as sex objects. It is not marketing anymore. This fashion show is sending a message. A message that it is okay to portray humans as sex objects, that it is okay to demoralize women because it is an "art"

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    12. I totally agree with you!

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    13. If you don't see what's wrong with this, please look harder.

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    14. I think you don't get the blogger's point. You don't see the dilemma the "fashion show" is causing in the minds of people in our society. Don't you feel it? It triggers something. Something really threatening for those who have seen it the way the blogger did.

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    15. ^^ the title is The Naked Truth. if you're expecting people to walk on the runway like a nun, you're being so naive... also, do you know what a real soft porn is? for starters, it looks like porn, sounds like porn, but no penetration. just kissing isn't soft porn if it doesn't look like they're doing "it". there's a ramp, there's a display of lingerie and some clothing line, so it qualifies as a fashion show.

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    16. I replied on this, but failed to post it. Anyways many of you have already pointed out what i was supposed to say. It just irks me that people like THIS ONE exists! The logic was very wrong and out of topic! Tsk

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    17. "This article might influence a tiny percentage of our society but it's a big leap for humankind. But your logic, if it spreads, will soon justify the case of rapists, perverts, pedophiles and maniacs because as you said... "don't try to stop those who want these stuff."

      "Parang ganto... kung ayaw mo ng rape, wag mong gawin. Pero wag ka din magsasalita. Ganon? Ganon ba dapat? "

      - this is where common sense kicks in. like, there's actually a law against rape and sex offense. here's another fun fact for you: there is a big difference when you just ignore these fashion shows and you ignore someone getting raped or harassed. the big difference is that, on the latter, someone gets hurt.

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    18. Its totally not a fashion show. Fashion show showcases the clothes not tying a woman on a leash and doing some sexual acts. Do you have any idea what effects it would give to the children who saw those pics? Our filipino values are slowly fading away. And that is bad.

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    19. The point is, it's supposedly a FASHION show, not some event about showing flesh. The first thing that they should always put in mind is this is done for fashion sake. Philippines is getting competitive in the global fashion arena but it's being dragged by this so-called pop culture.

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  15. There's a thin but defined line between sexy and sleazy (Victoria's Secret pulls it off every year), and unfortunately Bench crossed it with The Naked Truth. To be fair, I think they were going for the former, but in their push to be more provocative, they ended up compromising class and came off as offensive. The misogynistic touches just made it a million times worse.

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  16. It's a fashion show, that's the theme - naked truth. Deal with it or don't watch it at all so you won't stress out

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    1. so if an artist decide that defecating on a human being is art then that is acceptable?

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    2. It's a theme? are you a fucking retard? lol it's not about what they're wearing but rather what they're imposing on people. girl on a leash? fuck that's objectifying the girl as a sex slave. Celebrities kissing on stage(m-f, f-f)? wow, it does show fashion, oh wait, it doesn't. What's going to be the next theme? soft core? Hahaha

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    3. Completely missed the point of the post, huh? Just read it again if you didn't understand it.

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    4. Obviously, you don't get the point.

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    5. Yes, the title of the show is "NAKED TRUTH."
      NAKED used as an adjective for TRUTH. Therefore, the main subject is TRUTH.
      Not "NAKED BODIES."
      However, the show turned into "NAKED BODIES."

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    6. At least she's stress out for the good of Philippine society.

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    7. I wonder if you have kids @Anonymous?

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    8. deal with it?! guessing you are still young and unprepared for a family.

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  17. Sex sells because people buy it.

    Also, disgusting talaga yung woman on a leash segment, but women applaused because they aren't aware that it's degrading.

    There's the rub--our society blatantly displays our cluelessness about human sexuality because we Filipinos as Christians love denying the fact that we're sexual beings.

    So, good luck to y'all.

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  18. The sad reality is... this is the majority's entertainment. :(

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  19. Don't blame coco. He's just doing his job. Blame the producers and Bench.

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    1. He's also partly responsible for accepting that part of the job.

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    2. No, Coco should be blamed. Hinayaan niya ang sarili niya na mga-portray ng ganun ka-demeaning na role. Sayang, mataas pa man din sana ang tingin ko sa kanya.

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    3. We should learn not to idolize celebrities who does not have a moral stand
      and resorts to excuses such as helplessness. He is the one modeling. He is the celebrity.
      Of course he can speak out!

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    4. Yup. Never blame a person without principles.

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    5. Coco had a choice. He has a mother, an aunt and a sister plus a daughter (i think). It was his choice. He knew before hand what he was going to do. He should have at least thought about it.

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    6. Coco doesnt know about morality, he even showed his penis and ass on his indi-film "Serbis"

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    7. Maybe it's on his contract... just saying :D

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  20. I agree. With Bench as one of the leading clothing brands here in the Philippines for years, I expected some class & not crass. Everything was done in a distasteful manner. Heck, Ben Chan should sign up for some crash course underwear fashion show lessons with the Victoria's Secret people! Even if their common point is marketing underwear, VS does a good job at it without having it look racy.

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    1. I never expect class from Bench. Their clothes are tacky.

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  21. Thank you for sharing this. It's disappointing how ignorant our society has become, and how easily these offensive and abusive forms of entertainment are allowed. Thank you for shedding light on the issue, and I hope that this blog entry gets the attention it deserves. Well-written. Thank you.

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  22. Coco Martin isn't just fully clothed, he's dressed like a dog show handler. So yes, the female he's handling is his bitch.

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  23. I agree with almost everything written on this post. Everything about the show is just plain cheap and tacky. But what I wanna comment on is the "torture" part which i thought you took a bit too seriously. For people who work out, totoo namang "NO PAIN NO GAIN" mag workout. But you have to remember that that's just physical pain, as long as the mindset is on point, then the physical torture shouldn't really get it the way. Georgina's posts didnt really come off naman as if she's suffering from all the diet and workout. :)

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    1. It came off as a torture. Look at Ellen. She's sick now.

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  24. Yes, definitely everything but a fashion show! Not a fan of their clothing line after all since their sizes only fit the lean and skinny and their designs are just copied from other brands.

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  25. We've been genetically wired for a little over a century to enjoy looking at fit-to-skinny looking girls who are wearing as little clothing as possible. You can't change that unless you recondition everyone through media for another century. Everyone working at and for Bench need the money they are earning for their lifestyle, and they are just trying to go with what the market wants. No one is complaining about how you are fat, so don't complain about why they are not.

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  26. interesting bit about all of these is that the people (myself included) who bothered checking out the photos didn't really check out what was worn (fashion show right?) but more on what the fuss was all about. I don't buy that all the antics were justified just because the theme/title was "naked truth." They could've taken it tastefully somewhere to showcase the line but it was more about the celebrities. Heck, I don't even remember what they wore... well except for Marian Rivera's pink outfit.

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  27. If you have it flaunt it! Especially if you worked really hard for it! The theme is "NAKED TRUTH" so I think it speaks for itself but that's my opinion. I respect other's take on this. I think it depends on how you look at it.

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    1. I think "if you have it flaunt it" isn't what the twins were talking about here. It's really all about healthy body image -- whether working out is all for mere aesthetics (which is what some celebs perhaps inadvertently [and irresponsibly] promoted). One of the article's main points is that there needs to be more focus on the commitment to being healthy and taking care of your body the way it should.

      I'm a pretty liberal guy and saying "it depends on how you look at it" doesn't really cut it out for me. Yeah, I'm into BDSM and fetishist fashion, but seeing Coco Martin walk his "bitch" on a leash was VERY distasteful. Seeing the female make out sesh after Tom and Dennis teased everyone with an almost kiss was like a slap to both women and LGBTQs with self-respect: it's like saying that women are alright to be objectified with the stereotypical girl-on-girl action, while gay men are not allowed to express their love for each other.

      It really does depend on how you look at it, as you said--but that doesn't mean it's okay to look at things at face value, blinded by glitz, or without so much as a better reading into things.

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    2. Dude that wasn't her point

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    3. two words = sexual objectification. watch and be informed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_4dPB9MVS8

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    4. Its true that if you have it flaunt it. But Bench is actually a clothing line. If i may ask do you still remember the details they wore on the event? I bet you would only remember the scene that had happened there (kissing etc).

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    5. "Seeing the female make out sesh after Tom and Dennis teased everyone with an almost kiss was like a slap to both women and LGBTQs with self-respect: it's like saying that women are alright to be objectified with the stereotypical girl-on-girl action, while gay men are not allowed to express their love for each other. " ---- Did you ever consider the angle that maybe the reason Tom and Dennis did not do it is because they don't want to? And because they are straight men? And did it ever occur to you that maybe the women felt liberated after the kiss, because for years they have been closet gays? Damn dude. You're saying "it is not okay to look at things at face value, blinded by glitz" blah blah, but hey, look at you.

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    6. Probs was just not able to articulate it, but I was jumping off of the twins' comment about it (which I totally agree with) -- "...would have gone wild to see Dennis Trillo and Tom Rodriguez make out. But why didn't they? Or at least, why didn't Bench have a little guy on guy action? Wouldn't that give the event even more buzz from the press?" Of course I know the actors straight, LOL. It's beside the point.

      Maybe it'd have been a bit different if, let's say, the girls made out without the whole Dennis-Tom precedent. Or I dunno, the actors were accompanied by out-and-proud same-sex couples making out. Maybe that'd have made a better point about liberation and equality, versus what felt like a publicity stunt that just pandered on the stereotype of hot girl-on-girl action (and the otherwise "taboo" male counterpart.)

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    7. Flaunt it. Wheres the morality, dignity, the respect? All thrown out of the window! Such a disappointment.

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    8. There's also a fine line between CLASSY and TRASHY. Lets flaunt trashiness shall we? Tsk tsk. Plain cheap and tacky. Very degrading!

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  28. sorry.. woman on leash parang sinabi n b*tch ang mga babae. aminin nten m may mga tao that they call themselves that pero hindi lahat. pero s pinakita parang sinabi lahat e. haha sorry. nadisturb ln aq. may friends dn aq that they call themselves that, at naiinis aq kasi parang sinabi n dn nila na sex toys something sila.

    . naging semi sex themed yung show, instead n underwear and undies show.

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  29. If you did not bother to watch the show, why bother hate on it? I think that it's great to have your word out. But instead of spreading the hashtag like a disease, best to focus and solve the problem at hand. We all know bench will still do the same thing next year and i bet you'll do the same article next year. Just sayin :)

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    1. Maybe because something like this came out, Bench will rethink their next fashion show and make it better? Trying to voice out something IS trying to solve it. This issue is something deeper than just a brand or a fashion show, it IS like a disease in our society, and has to be treated as such.

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  30. To those who disagree with this blogpost, i dare you to picture this: your mom, your sister or daughter being tied on a leash, wearing almost nothing and walking like an animal with coco martin as the "pet owner"... Ok sayo? Thats bullshit.

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  31. Not classy, sooooo trashy!

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  32. I htink it's more like a porn show.

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    1. I agree. When they brainstormed, they must have been like "Hey, sex sells! Let's sexify the fashion show." Never mind if any audience notice any of the clothing items.

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    2. Kaya nga, those producers/bench staff are all stupid! Hindi man lang nila inisip na kahit nag set sila ng rules na minors are not allowed eh pano yung mga pics and video sa internet? and eventually mapapanood at makikita din naman ng mga bata. -_-" Haaay!

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  33. Wala na! Not only are we deteriorating fast, we seem to be a hopeless case.

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  34. good point.. scenes from the "fashion show" revealed to me as "body show". Now how come where asking why the rape cases are increasingly in number but too numb to this kind of "entertainment".

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  35. Typical. Shallow. No substance. Nothing great. Cheap taste. Don't engage too much coz that's the publicity they want. I encourage entrepreneurs, designers, producers, event directors to show them how it should be done. The best brands know it's not just about turning heads, shocking the market with the oldest tricks in the book. It's about building belief in the brand. If it's truly about sexuality, then say something mature, intelligent and profound about it that I can actually believe in. Otherwise, stop making clothes and just get into the porn business.

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  36. I do think Bench has finally reduced their brand to just that - cheap, tacky and. I personally will boycott Bench now. Let us not give too much attention to Bench as it has already amassed a lot because of this show

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  37. Coco Martin stint was really an act of violence against women. Are they trying to instill the idea that this is the NAKED truth on how men treat women?

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  38. I am disturbed seeing this photo of Coco Martin and calls on Gabriela and all women out there to protest the recently concluded BENCH NakedTruth show.

    What is this? a circus ringmaster bringing his pet who happens to be a woman? For God's sake, can this people be held accountable for this? I know there are countless laws protecting women and this one courts disaster.

    I can't blame the celebrities doing this but hey, whose concept is this anyway?

    What are we trying to promote here? That violence against women is permissible in the name of fashion? It's not even art for art's sake!

    What is this presentation intending to promote? That as long as you are wearing BENCH underwear, it is permissible to be treated like a slut by your man?

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  39. This is an intelligent review.

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  40. I only have one problem with the whole thing: showing women as pets. Doing so goes beyond sex, but veers toward power play where one party is submissive to the another. In this case, it's women under men, as it has always been for centuries. It makes me wonder where the fight for gender equality is getting. But otherwise, consensual sex between equals is fine.

    I also think it's okay that these models show that they work out to look good. It's worse if they claim that they look fantastic because they were simply born with it.

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  41. I personally found this year's Bench Fashion Show tacky. Kala ko Cosmo Bachelor Bash or FHM Show tinitingnan kong pictures, Bench pala.

    They could have showcased their clothes in a tasteful manner like Victoria's Secret pero hindi eh.
    Personally, I don't see anything wrong with models working out and captioning their workout photos as "torture", I think they just want to show the world that they worked hard for the body that they have. Kesa naman yung ibang pa-"love your body" ang press release pero kung mag-diet pills sagad.

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  42. Not a fan of bench either! I was moved with that woman on a leash. WORST PIC I'VE EVER SEEN!

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  43. Style BIBLE Ph?

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  44. Oh bakit parang hindi ata nakikialam ang CBCP ngayon? Kung kailan may mga ganitong issue wala sila?

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  45. PUBLICITY, that is all they want.. If they will make this the USUAL type of fashion show, people will not even mind it or talk about it.. But since there are DISTURBING scenes.. Then surely, people will be curious.. They will google what happened and then, the endless comments starts.. There you go PUBLICITY :) Not even noticing the effect of what they are showing to the public.. Some people might think na "kaya kayo ganyan kasi ang kikitid ng utak nyo".. For me no.. Hind makitid ang utak ko.. Simple lang.. Matatanda na tayo.. Alam natin ang tama sa mali.. Alam na rin natin DAPAT ang itinatago sa hindi.. Mahirap kasi kapag ang concern mo "kumita ka lang".. At walang concern sa ibang tao.. Money is not bad at all.. It is on how you use it and on how you generate it..

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  46. I do agree on all things pointed out in this post. I was disappointed with Bench Fashion Show this year too. I was even looking forward on the show because its my first time to really follow the updates and details of this fashion show. Sadly I ended up disappointed and contemplating should I support this brand in the future.
    We women are not dogs or whatsoever animals!! We deserve respect.
    Not only Solenn Heussaff, even Kim Chui in a backstage interview of ABS-CBN shout out happily that she is glad that the show is finally over and said "I can finally eat rice! Ayoko na sa kamote gusto ko na ng rice!"

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  47. http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/380436/showbiz/chikaminute/former-party-list-solon-slams-bench-for-dehumanizing-portrayal-of-women

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  48. I agree mostly, my comment lang on the first part when the celebs were posting photos with the #tiisganda and everything. Yun nga, they can't help rin to workout and stay sculpted kasi they're pressured not only by bench but also by everyone including us. Yeah, i'm sure 100% they're really doing it for the show talaga kasi? They know if they don't work for it, they will get judged. Like I hear/see comments like "Ay hindi pinaghandaan" "Ay nagwoworkout nga di parin maganda katawan, kadisappoint naman" Like, malamang these celebs would really work their ass off to look good kasi people are expecting a lot from them. That's theyre job as public figures. They have to maintain how they look. Syempre tao rin sila ayaw nilang madisappoint yung mga taong nag iidolize sa kanila. So gets. I mean I'm not hating on this whole article. I SUPER agree with how disturbing the theme of this fashion show pero yun lang about the celebs preparing for the fashion show. It's a fashion show, of course they have to prepare to look good. :)

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  49. Very well observed, thought of and written. "Because what I can clearly see whenever I look at the photos above (Bench's The Naked Truth) is the glorification of two things: sex slavery and human trafficking. These are horrific crimes that are still happening until today, of which victims are mostly women." If we continue supporting this kind of bandwagon, we actually keep patronizing sex slavery and human trafficking, and worse, objectifying people to sex.

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  50. Jeez I never bought any bench items ever since, we should not just rant here and must ACT! BOYCOTT BENCH!

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  51. Maybe boycotting might not be the best way to tackle this problem. Educating Bench might be the better solution. Especially if it were Emma Watson after delivering that mind blowing speech at the HeforShe campaign. I think the marketing department should watch the youtube video of it.

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  52. 1. Never been a fan of Bench clothing. Never understood why people and models clamor for this brand. I don't like its quality.

    2. Coco Martin with a girl on a leash? As his pet? Really?? Such a DISGRACE.
    The overall symbolism of this show is detrimental to society.

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  53. We should support this! For those who doesn't realize that this has gone overboard, think twice. For those who says, it's just a fashion show, think thrice. What if these are your children in the future, can you watch them do poses like that? Can you see your daughter walking like a dog on a leash? I don't think so.

    And these are celebrities our young generation follows and hey even if this was R18, there are posts of it everywhere for young people to see.

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  54. Emma Watson's HeForShe campaign came at a good time.

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  55. Buti pa Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Sure payat mga supermodels, pero hindi bastusin at di mga feelingera unlike mga nasa Bench na trying hard. And everybody knows (and sees) that the point of the whole show is the VS underwear; and not tits, asses, etc. unlike Bench. Pweh! Ewan ko lang kung tumaas sales nila. No one remembers the underwear they showed. But kung sino ang may malaking ganito, malaking ganyan, etc.

    And yes, that photo of Coco Martin with a woman tied is totally disturbing.

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  56. Why the heck you didn't react about FHM and Dutdutan show? most of the girls there ramp half naked and sometimes only skin toned plastic covered their nipples? don't tell me you didn't saw it more as soft porn on stage? what about the live performance of Mocha girls where they seduce the men on stage and sometimes touch their crotch? there are too many shows or performance doing the same thing and yet only the Bench you want to boycott?

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  57. I really am agreeing with your point here. With this fashion show, I just want to say to them “Where is your ethics?” It is disappointing to hear that Bench had already gone too far in terms of their promotional campaigns. Even though MMDA had already prevented them to post their sexy billboards on EDSA, still they are taking advantage of another media platform, which is this event. Their concept already went too far in the way that they are portraying humans as mere animals. I think what needs of them is a quiet time to ponder that they have already destroyed the respect and dignity of such persons (most especially the models) who are involved in this stupid event.
    My second point is that they also lack focus on what they intent to display to the audience. A fashion show? From the photos that I looked, it seems that they turned out to be a sexual circus event when people are being raunchy and act as mere animals. Again, they should have been careful in what they are trying to project. It is because it seems that a lot of people are already considered this fashion event as offensive and out of the line.
    As a conclusion, they should have considered this categorical imperative by Immanuel Kant:
    "Act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in that of another, always at the same time as an end and never merely as a means."

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  58. Nakarating ito sa PANA at AdBoard. :) My mom shared it.

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  59. The show is someone's weird fantasy (literally), Research on who is behind the show. Then research on who that person is. It will make sense, Bench wants to sell clothes, but that person sold them this show to sell their clothes. Find the source.

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  60. I've been following Ellen Adarna on IG and I am updated with how she is preparing for the show. And I was like, woah, di pa ba sya contented with her body. She even confirmed na during the show is may sakit sya. See. Some also pa who is part of the show goes to Belo for the body sculpting chuchu para sexy for the show.

    And dito ko lang nalaman about Coco's stint. Nakaka-degrade talaga for girls.. tsk tsk

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  61. The producers' reactions/comments on this blog post would not, in any way, suffice for the injustice it caused on the image of women. Damage has been done. People who watched the show already "enjoyed" seeing those models. I watched Bench's last fashion show, and I swore I won't watch again. At least not a Bench "fashion show".

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  62. No issues with gay but Ben Chan is on the same level as "kanto" gay. A sterotypical sex starved maniac who breathe and lives sex...at all cost. And he pretends not to be one. Thats the problem.

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  63. if you dont want this kind of SHOW, don't watch.. Thats all!

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    1. hindi pwedeng hindi makialam. remember the saying "one way for evil to prevail is when good men do nothing."

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    2. try putting leash on your mom and walk her in the park.

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    3. lagyan natin ng kadena nanay mo tapos ilakad natin

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  64. Kanya-kanyang trip lang yan. Malalaki na tayo piliin natin ang ating dapat tangkilikin. Mahirap ipilit sa iba ang sarili nating paniniwala. Let's just hope that what's good matters in the end, and that people are not that ignorant to be wooed into thinking that sex is just sex. I am wishing and hoping that the old school view of sex would be relived. This is a great article. #notosexculture #seriouslyhatethegirlonleash

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  65. I mentioned this in a discussion with friends, so I thought I'd include this here as food for thought:

    I'm all for sex positivity, but the show just portrays everything in a rather degrading light, both the girls kissing and the leash thing. They were just doing it to sell, not to give a positive message to people in general, and the whole thing has an air "ooh so edgy, so scandalous!!" instead of "yeah, these are things people do, and that's okay (as long as there's enthusiastic consent on both sides and everyone's an adult)".

    The girls kissing each were also shown not to raise awareness for the plight of LGBTQ+ in the country, but for entertainment and specifically for the male gaze (as shown by the male models/actors leering at them while they kissed).

    The whole show is just giving the wrong message to everyone.

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    1. A+ on your comment. Yay for healthy acceptance of sexuality! And boo to bench for this step back in our country's plight to embrace sex as a good thing.

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  66. That was a long repetitive article. And who cares about bench? No one even wears their crap outside of the Philippines

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  67. You know, Liza Maza posted something about the Coco Martin stint which GMA made an article out of. Its so disturbing that the comments are bashing Liza Maza and Gabriela and trying to defend Coco Martin.
    It's so disppointing that they can't figure out na hindi to about Gabriela. Hindi to about Coco Martin. Hindi to about Liza Maza. Tungkol to sa babae at sa portrayal ng babae na ipinakita ng Bench.
    People should find it in their hearts to see the message na kelangan nating kundenahin. Nasan ba sila? Hindi ba nila nakikita yung message ng Bench? Sa pagkakaron leash ng half-naked na babae at paglalakad na parang hayop?
    Mag focus tayo sa message. Hindi ba dapat I condemn yung message ng Bench at hindi sI Liza Maza?
    Although... really, Bench messengers... wala ba kayong mga prinsipyo??

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  68. I agree with this post. After seeing photos and articles of The Naked Truth, I don't see how this show was considered a fashion show. I did not see how they glamorized their lingerie and denim collections like how Victoria's Secret would or any international fashion brand would. I only saw celebrities flaunting their flesh, nothing elegant.

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  69. We got front row tickets to see humanity and morals slowly go down the drain...we can't rely on the government to do something about this..and I doubt the cbcp can make any difference. .

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  70. Dami niyong alam, big event po yan, how come natuloy ang show and pumayag yung mga models na gawin ang bagay na yan eh kung ang meaning is bad. Makitid kasi utak ng mga tao, kung open minded lang kayo di sana kayo makapag react ng ganyan.

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    1. You know the world is screwed when people are being bashed for trying to stand for what is right, and trying to set a good example to the society. Apparently opend mindedness nowadays means being open to go against morality/ethics and human rights. So sad.

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    2. OO nga! So next year kids naman ang rarampa sa "naked truth part 2". Tapos headline again sa news, sa internet at pwdeng panoorin ng lahat kahit mga bata.. Kasi dapat hindi makitid ang utak natin kundi OPEN MINDED. tama ba ako?

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  71. EYE SORE, promise!

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  72. May pinagadaanan ang nagblog nito, im sorry pero halata. Kasi nilalahat mo hindi lang bench lols

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  73. I have to say that Bench went overboard with this one ... it was not a fashion show but yes a soft porn show or well if you have been in the girly bars or gay bars kinda like that show.
    Bench was trying to do a Victoria Secret show but ended doing a Playboy show instead. And I don't understand Bench used to be teens wear so it supposed to be wholesome at least or they now encourage sluttiness. Or they are trying to show us what not to show.

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  74. We all know what's good and what's bad, they're etched in our hearts and in our core as human beings. The great number of people thinking and doing stupid, mindless and immoral decisions does not justify the validity of the decision and it's consequences. Just because a lot of people take pornography as a normal occurence in their day to day life does not make it a good or an acceptable behavior. We have so much respect for each other that we find fraternal correction as an intrusion to personal inclination and preferences. That's just outright disgusting! If the immediate family was not able instill the right behavior and inclinations to its members, then the society has the responsibilty to intervene and help out by modelling and appreciating good and proper behavior. Pornography and anything related to it are dehumanizing and must be abhorred. That's a fact and must be upheld by a decent, if not God-fearing society even if some of its members actively participate on it or dismiss it as a normal behavior. Bench must be corrected in this regard and anyone who has the right mind must support this intervention.

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  75. Sex sells and celebrities who allow themselves to be used in this antic are subjecting themselves to such objectification. However, it should start from the consumer level to not promote such indecency. I may be liberal but I believe that decency and liberality exist in a single plane. Ergo, we should boycott bench for promoting degradation of decency.

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  76. Fans are fans, so they come in support of their idols. Meaning, even if the celebs weren't scantily clad, sulit pa rin to have spent on those tickets (or bought how much worth of Bench products to get the tickets) just to see all of them in that one show even. They could be dressed in long sleeves and full-length denim pants, and I think the true fans would still be just as glad. That said, there is actually no need for the show to be specifically about underwear, kung pleasing the fans lang ang pinag-uusapan. Secondly, and let's say they really want to show off the underwear as a fashion item, no need for the OA live human props. It seems as though tinatapatan ng Bench ang FHM or Cosmo.

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  77. Fan ako ni coco, but seeing the picture and some videos of him walking with the female on a leash was just wtf. It was wrong.

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  78. And the sad reality is that no one from the production team went aginst such presentation. Did they even consider how this might affect the youth who idolizes these actors/actresses so much? Does this fashion show look like they're just promoting their products? They definitely look like they're promoting a hell lot of stuff. The ends? they just want to market their products. The means? definitely so wrong in many levels. It's just gonna take some time when people will finally see the BIGGER consequences of what they do.

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  79. This is a free country and we have this notion that "i am allowed to do anythin," BUT remember NOT everything is good for us. Don't these people realize that our bodies are actually part of Christ? And that it is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in us, and was given by God? I'm now having second thoughts if the Philippines is "really" a "Christian-Catholic" country. Actions speaks louder than words. Immorality is everywhere.

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  80. I'm not a prude by any standard, but what Bench has done goes beyond the pale with its glorification of indecency and immodesty. And that's on top of the objectification of women and the transformation of sex from an intimate act into a public spectacle. You would expect shock tactics from designers like Jean-Paul Gaultier or Alexander McQueen - NOT a brand that touts itself as a company that caters to everyone from kids to adults! Sickening!

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    1. Agree, although brands CAN do shock tactics, and not just high fashion brands. Just... maybe more calculated, well-thought out shock tactics. For example--United Colors of Benetton always was good with the whole shock value thing, like their ads with a Caucasian baby suckling on the naked breasts of a colored woman.

      THAT was shocking in its time, and it's a brand that caters to a whole range of ages as well -- but I think was very well executed. I'd gladly support a brand that does shock value with a clear and proper intent.

      What saddens me about Bench is that it has the capability to do something similar, with its reach and resources, yet comes up with this really distasteful show instead that feels as though the director just thought about doing random lewd acts to gain media mileage.

      I wonder who thought of these sequences? Was it Bench's brand directors and managers, or was it the show director? Makes me wonder.

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  81. Hi! I love your blog. It is helping steer people in the right direction but I don't believe that the solution is going to the government to regulate this problem because we already know where that will lead to. I think we should create a fashion show that highlights what people should actually look like. I don't go to Bench. I've always boycotted them because nothing ever fits me there so if there was a brand you could probably promote on your blog that caters to people like me, maybe there is a chance. I think it's the same case with movies. People usually have no choice but to watch horrible local films because they are unaware of our best films. :)

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  82. This one is definetly one of the worst event na ginaganap at pina gaganapan ng tao. (Specifically, celebrities.) Nakakalungkot isipin na para bang nawala na sa kaalaman ang salitang MODESTY. �� Sana hindi tinotolerate ang ganitong event kung buti sana damit ang minomodel hindi ang laman. ����

    "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have receive from GOD? you are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor GOD with your body." 1 Cor 6:19-20

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  83. And some people are saying this issue doesn't make sense? We are just looking at the loopholes of Bench's fashion show last weekend as one of the indications of promoting rape culture/sexual abuse. As for the two girls kissing while Tom Rodriguez is watching them with a grin is just so wrong in many levels. Parang ginagawang katatawanan ng mga kalalakihan yung dalawang babaeng naghahalikan tapos kapag mga lalaki naman ang naghahalikan e sinasabi na sila'y tunay na nagmamahalan. I may not be from the LGBT community, but that portrayal of two girls kissing will likely offend many lesbians.

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  84. Whatever happens to the 'Kabataang Pinoy' ? Makes me sad man.

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  85. what did you expect? It's BEN CHAN! I'm now proud to say I've never purchased anything from Bench. And I've decided to keep it that way. This "show" was just so wrong in many different ways. And i never looked up to celebrities who modeled for it. Ellen adarna? seriously? is that what you call a "role model"? there's just a lot of things that went on that were just in very poor taste. and those who admire people like them sad to say arent smart enough to choose who to look up to!

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  86. admitted, since the first day BENCH announced the upcoming #NakedTruth Fashion Show i already felt the excitement.of course, who wouldn't? its an annual event that shows our favorite celebrities wearing clothes in which we can also try. another thing is BENCH is one of the most trusted and patronized brand in our country.
    But, I was da*n discouraged with every bit of details about the said fashion show...geez, Id rather watch #Naruto for the whole day than keep looking to the bulging t*ts of those men and women in the fashion show (aside from the side scenes they have, like 2 girls making out)
    And, the most moving and disappointing and a really worth-reacting pic there is the woman on leash held by Coco Martin (he's a mass idol, right? aww, wrong move!!)

    I just wish that BENCH will try to respect WOMEN!!!ugh...makapungot jud kaayo!!

    #GenderEqualityPLEASE

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  87. Our morals are going down the drain. And Boys Night Out just sold a shirt that said "It's not rape, it's snuggle with a struggle." What the heck, Philippines?? Whatever happened to being the "only Christian nation in Southeast Asia?" Behold, God is not mocked. Take the typhoons and all the other natural disasters as judgment from the God we claim to believe in. The Naked Truth of Bench is that they indeed sell sex slavery and human trafficking. #BOYCOTTBENCH

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    1. I really hope you don't mean that because our "morals are going down the drain" that God magically sent typhoons killing innocent people and children. Because yes girl, that way God will truly teach us to not lose our morality [/sarcasm].

      I'm with you and I hated what Bench did in this show, but I equally dislike people who use religion so recklessly. I believe in God, and I believe He's so much better than a typhoon-hurling jealous deity who'll punish a nation for the misgivings of a few.

      It'd do all of us a favour if we're a bit smarter and rational with how we profess our faith, yeah?

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  88. i never thought it was this "low".. ampanget nga tingnan. & they are sending the wrong message especially to the youth. ambaboy!

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  89. I totally agree with you. Very said what "fashion" has become.

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  90. I super agree with this! But what's more disappointing is that most of the audience of this show are part of the LGBT community. When they should be promoting feminism (equality of both genders) It's a thought to ponder on.

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  91. nawawala na po ang pagiging Pilipino natin, sa puso at sa gawa, sana maisip ng bawat tao ang mga ganitong bagay, ayaw kong lumaki ang mga magiging anak ko na puro nalang katawan or nakahubad na larawan na mag bibigay ng kakaibang imahe sa kanilang henerasyon. sana lang sana may makapuna ng mga ganitong bagay.

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  92. If you don't see anything wrong with the woman on a leash then you are truly sick and part of why this society is morally down in the dumps. What kind of message does that send to kids who are still forming their values?

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  93. I am not an never was a fan of Bench. They thin its sexy to look at their show. In fact, it is not sexy at all. Bringing these scenes to the public in somewhat educating crime as well.

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    1. the fact that those photos are circulating in the internet scares me.

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  94. i wonder which is being advertized here, the products or the bodies of the model?

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  95. Our era is turning into the modern Sodom and Gomorrah. Immorality is so rampant nowadays since all forms of media can and are being used to promote it, masquerading it as either "freedom of expression" or "art". The Bible says "everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial".
    So is this something beneficial to all of us?
    We should all open our eyes and wake up, and realize how rotten our world is becoming every second.

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    1. If I had a dollar for each time people have said that in every generation, People said that when Elvis came in, and yet we survived the 50s without being burned with fire and salt. People said that when Beetle-mania hit, and yet the Apocalypse never came. People said that when Madonna & Michael Jackson supposedly ruined music, and, surprise surprise we're still here. So save your Bible scares for someone who's actually gullible.

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  96. Same sentiments! Everything about the show was unthought of in many ways. Issues like gender equality, moral and ethical concerns weren't addressed. It's sad to know na galing pa naman kay Ben Chan na may pinag aralan pero niya or at least ng team nya, di nila naisip ang mga bagay bagay. Their sending wrong messages to people especially the youth.

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  97. Let's face it, some people (might be your friend, sister or even parents) have this kind of sexual fantasies and Bench recognizes this through their lingerie fashion show. That's why they call it The Naked Truth. LET THEM BE.

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  98. Paulo Avelino kissed Solenn Heussaff on stage in that particular event. What values are we promoting here BENCH??! We are living in an age of moral degeneration! Loose morality!

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  99. It is horrifying to see these photos..shame on you bench!

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  100. "I'm gonna tell you off the bat, a lot of homosexuals in the audience would have gone wild to see Dennis Trillo and Tom Rodriguez make out."

    A lot of STRAIGHT WOMEN, too. Boys making out is not exclusively enjoyed by gay men, for your information.

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  101. please complain against them on the following grounds... for the sake of our children and the spiritual and moral future of our nation... From the Revised Penal Code: Art. 201. Immoral doctrines, obscene publications and exhibitions and indecent shows. — The penalty of prision mayor or a fine ranging from six thousand to twelve thousand pesos, or both such imprisonment and fine, shall be imposed upon:

    (1) Those who shall publicly expound or proclaim doctrines openly contrary to public morals;

    (2) (a) the authors of obscene literature, published with their knowledge in any form; the editors publishing such literature; and the owners/operators of the establishment selling the same;

    (b) Those who, in theaters, fairs, cinematographs or any other place, exhibit, indecent or immoral plays, scenes, acts or shows, whether live or in film, which are prescribed by virtue hereof, shall include those which (1) glorify criminals or condone crimes; (2) serve no other purpose but to satisfy the market for violence, lust or pornography; (3) offend any race or religion; (4) tend to abet traffic in and use of prohibited drugs; and (5) are contrary to law, public order, morals, and good customs, established policies, lawful orders, decrees and edicts;

    (3) Those who shall sell, give away or exhibit films, prints, engravings, sculpture or literature which are offensive to morals.

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  102. Cheap brand, cheap marketing tactics. Tsk tsk tsk

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  103. guys it's a fashion show, the title itself #nakedtruth so people who went there already expected they will see a lot of skin. That show was not even televised to TV. It's like mocha girls performing in a bar they show skin and do sexy images. Compare it to Eat Bulaga's sex bomb before and wowowee's dancer which was televised on TV and children watching, I think there is nothing wrong with what Bench did. Mas gugustuhin ko din makakita ng babaeng may disiplina sa pagkain o "torture" un katawan nya para ma attain un gusto nya katawan, kesa sa babaeng mas malakas pa kumain at uminom kesa sa lalake.

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  104. What you saw on stage was done by CONSENTING adults, even the girl on the leash. Get over it! You have no right to censor other people. Everyone knew that this "fashion show" would be sexual in nature. With regards to children seeing the pictures on social media, it's definitely the parent's job to prevent that from happening. Don't impose your prudish morals on others.

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  105. Dear blogger, thank you so much for posting this! I had very similar thoughts when I learnt about the Naked Truth (I didn't know about it until my newsfeed was filled with it after the show - after which I went to youtube to watch the show) and all I could think was... "these models/ celebrities are SLAVES". They are soul-less, mind-less slaves. But not the pitiful kind of slaves; they looked like they intentionally sold their bodies to the industry, hungry for money and fame. I lost all respect for these people, because they obviously did not respect themselves. I don't even see why they had to wear clothes or underwear at all, when going totally naked was obviously what they had wished. I am very saddened by this. If only they knew how disgusting and disgraceful that show was. And then the Philippines is known to be a very religiously Catholic country. the irony...

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  106. Coco Martin's photo with that woman objectified as a bitch screams misogyny. So tasteless and disturbing. Come on Gabriela!

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  107. Ang ibang tao di nakikita na di na maganda yung "fashion" show sa naked truth kasi nabulag na sila ng "lust".

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  108. I think Bench is trying to one-up the other runway show (the Cosmo Bash) but they're not realizing that while the Cosmo Bash IS supposed to be a hyper-sexualized show meant to objectify men and that they're not exactly shy about that, the Bench show is supposed to be this "sosyal" show with a mix of racy content. And it's also not surprising knowing that Ben Chan is gay and, just like the entire gay audience of that show, they simply used this as an excuse to gawk at the half-naked men and their bodies.

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  109. The Naked Truth is nothing but KABAKLAAN

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  110. You know why celebs "kill" themselves to look good for the show even though they already look good? Because there are always cynics in the audience who're there to find fault in celebs. Case in point--some of the FB posts and tweets who called Carla Abellana fat. I mean wtf, Carla, who has a healthy weight, FAT???

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  111. Im grossed after seeing these. ANG SAGWA! AKALA NILA THEY ARE COOL??? They are soooo cheap!! Really!

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  112. Well, one thing that can't be denied: Bench achieved with The Naked Truth what they most desired--- Publicity.

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  113. This article is amazing. Thank you.

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  114. GO BE A PRUDE SOMEWHERE ELSE. MOST OF THE POPULATION LIKE SEX. THAT'S A FACT! PEOPLE HIDE THEIR SEXUALITY AND PERVERSION KASI NGA ITS NOT THE NORM TO BE PROUD OF IT IN PUBLIC, PERO THE FACT IS WE ARE SEXUAL ANIMALS. WE DONT HAVE TO BE A HYPOCRITE ABOUT IT. KAYA NGA SYA PRIVATE SHOW DIBA? PEOPLE PAY TICKETS TO WATCH THIS SHOW. KAKAPAL NG MUKHA NG MGA BABOY NA TO (LITERALLY) TRYING TO JUSTIFY YOUR LAZY/SLOTH-Y CHOICES. MATABA KAYO KASI YOU CHOSE TO HAVE THAT EXTRA RICE, AND YOUR TOO MUCH OF A LAZY SLOB TO EXERCISE. WAG MO KAMING SISIHIN NA MAGANDA YUNG KATAWAN NAMIN, AND NATURALLY WE'LL FLAUNT IT. KAIRITA YUNG MGA GANITONG TAO, ANG KIKITID NG UTAK, FEELING RIGHTEOUS PWE!!!!

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  115. You take these fashion shows too seriously. They have to have a gimmick to get people talking about it. That's the reason they have these shows -- to sell more products, and when people talk about them/their shows/their products, they have more sales. This is Ben Chan's company and his show. He likes to see naked boys and he has the money for it, so, good on him, masaya sha!

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  116. Is it just me or does Coco Martin look really awkward in that picture?
    Really distasteful but I can't really blame the guy since he's just doing his job. Of course, anyone can argue that he could've refused but everyone knows it's not that easy to go against the big bosses.

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