I read that ABS's comedian Vice-Ganda proferred his apologies to GMA's Jessica Soho for targeting the latter as one of his "subjects" in his jokes at his Concert at Araneta Coliseum on May 17, 2013. A YouTube clip showed that Vice-Ganda made fun of Soho's girth when he said that in case Soho was raped, it has to be a gang-rape.
News said that Vice Ganda called up Jessica Soho over the phone to apologize. Though Soho answered the phone call, she said that she wasn't really in the mood to talk to Vice Ganda yet. Vice Ganda instead, made his apology public and promised not to include Soho as one of his joke subjects again. Which I deduce that Vice Ganda will continue to use "real" people for subjects for his comedic spiels.
The real issue for me here is: Why do comedians have to make fun of other people in order to illicit a laugh? Can't they think of a way to be funny without offending other people, using foul language et al? A long time ago, I found myself sitting at a comedy bar with my girlfriends. At first, I thought that the comedian delivering his spiel was funny enough. But as he went deep into his act, he started to make fun (and insult) the audience, insinuating sexual acts and using foul language. That was my first and last time to drop by a comedy bar. It's a vicious cycle. We continue to support such shows so these comedians continue to deliver "such" shows.
Based on the book IQ and the Wealth of the Nations, Dr Richard Lynn, the average IQ of Filipinos is 86! I don't know where Dr. Lynn got his statistics to come up with this figure but since 115 is the average IQ, wow! We are in league with Iran, Lebanon and Cuba, IQ-wise. Now we wonder why progress seems to be slow-moving in the Philippines. With corrupt and lacking-in-education leaders, uneducated (and buy-able) voters, "tele-serye" and foul-mouthed entertainers... do I need to wonder? Just my two cents.