YouTube cuts both ways

Michael Alan Hamlin

Posted on March 15, 2008

Legislator is “tormented” by Philippine beauty queen’s gaffe

Cebu representative Eduardo Gullas released a statement today saying he is “tormented” by an English-language gaffe committed by Philippine beauty queen Janina San Miguel during the question-and-answer portion of the Binibining Pilipinas Beauty Pageant. I previously wrote that YouTube is becoming a great visibility engine for Filipinos.

Ms. San Miguel demonstrated that YouTube visibility cuts both ways. Online videos of her blooper have become the talk of Web 2.0 crowd.

Gullas said, “The truth is, if Ms San Miguel had been Chinese, Japanese, Spanish or French, nobody would have cared about her awkward English. People would have totally ignored it. They would have excused her right away,” Gullas said. “But she is Filipino and English is our highly favored second language. So people expected more from her.”

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