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This is the blog of Ian Rosales Casocot. Filipino writer. Sometime academic. Former backpacker. Twink bait. Hamster lover.

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

entry arrow8:51 PM | Updates From Guccigate

The Brian Gorrell vs. the Gucci Gang brouhaha has finally merited space (a lot of it) in the nation's biggest newspaper, with an article titled "Attack of the Killer Blog" by Zhou Ziyal. Gibbs Cadiz leads us to it, and contributes a short article about why we deserve people like the Gucci Gang. The entertainment section names some names, and another one ponders the legality of the whole issue.

Meanwhile, over at the Philippine Star, lair of some members of the Gucci Gang, Tim Yap finally offers a mea culpa of sorts. He writes, in part:

I will be the first one to tell you that I am no saint. And neither are my friends. We have our faults — we are far from perfect. But, who is? I urge people who read and continually indulge in this form of guilty pleasure to keep an open mind. It is the easiest thing to jump on the bandwagon and point fingers and judge others but as a Biblical verse says, “Judge not, lest you too be judged.” Or something to that effect. Even Someone Up There in all His infinite wisdom said, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

I choose to throw bread at those who throw stones at my friends. I cannot stop people from judging and misjudging. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being in this industry — it is about not being judgmental. I am the last to resort to name-calling because I myself have been called so many names — I actually find it funny, thank God. Being in this “light” makes us easy targets for prejudiced stereotypical mudslinging — but hey, even if you are an accountant or a librarian or a janitor or a blogger — there’s no escaping that. It is just part and parcel of human living. So instead of fighting it, let us learn to embrace life, with all its surprising twists and turns. In the end, the truth shall surface, and people will get what they deserve. The best revenge is success.

But I still believe in what Gibbs had to say earlier why Tim and his ilk had this crucificion coming.

In the meantime, Celine Lopez, well, she offers us a book report.

I guess that with this and the Malu Fernandez backlash, Philippine blogdom has officially announced it has muscle. And by God we're flexing it.


Caffeeine Sparks does a deep reading of Celine Lopez's book report, and finds her -- in the name of Victor Hugo -- wanting.

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