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De Leon: Kim, the ‘iconic flub’ that might have saved us all

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WHATEVER your take on the cease and desist order (CDO) issued against giant network ABS-CBN, over the past week, you have probably scratched your head at a meme or watched a TikTok or music video about the “Law of Classroom” or “Bawal Lumabas” statement of Kim Chiu.

She was one of the talents who appeared last May 8 at the Laban Kapamilya Facebook Live, a campaign to support the network, following the CDO issued by the government through the National Telecommunications Commission.

Kim’s off-the-cuff, and later viral, statement went: “Sa classroom may batas, bawal lumabas, oh bawal lumabas. Pero ‘pag sinabi, ‘pag nag-comply ka na bawal na lumabas pero may ginawa ka sa pinagbabawal nila, inayos mo ‘yong law ng classroom niyo at sinubmit mo ulit ay pwede na pala ikaw lumabas.”

(In a classroom, there are rules like... okay, you can’t go out. So, you comply because you can’t go out but then do something you’re not allowed to. You fix the classroom’s laws and submit it again and...well, now you can go out.)

In her vlog, Kim said that she intentionally stayed off social media following brutal criticism over a rather incoherent statement she made.

The actress herself confessed that while she also found the statement funny, she didn’t expect the amount of bashing that would be thrown at her.

The popularity of her infamous flub was sparked by trolls who coined its title. In one of the first memes created, Chiu’s “Law of Classroom” was placed side by side to Albert Einstein’s “Law of Relativity,” Charles Darwin’s “Law of Evolution,” and Isaac Newton’s “Law of Gravity.”

More so, Facebook users, YouTube Vloggers, and TikTok content producers have uploaded heaps of parodies. And obviously, those jabs were clear as they are, to troll. They are malicious efforts to further humiliate and harass Chiu.

But as they say, “the same fire that melts the butter, toughens the steel.” Consequently, the actress recorded and launched her own “version” of a remix to now, an iconic flub.

The music video “debut” included clips of Kim at home and outreach programs, and of people dancing to the DJ Squammy beat. And in case you’re wondering, the song’s legit – Star Music has reached out to make it official.

ABS-CBN may soon be back on air. Bashers will move on to feast on other issues. Trolls will soon forget about the live stream. But many people shall get a last song syndrome of “Bawal Lumabas” in whatever genre for a longer stretch.

Since this Covid-19 pandemic, our government pleaded with the public to stay at home and help flatten the curve. It is, after all, the pith of declaring policies on our ever-evolving quarantine. But it is not the government officials that we remember. For reminders to stay at home, people say, “Bawal lumabas, sabi ni Kim Chiu.”


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