Pacete: Gay language and politics: A ‘charot’?

RECENTLY, there was a toss among some people in politics on the issue of “who is who.” That was fun and funny. Any intelligential Filipino cannot just accept easily that the degree holders (M.A., Ph. D) in government will tackle socio-political issues using gay language.

Personally, I have nothing against gay language. Language is evolving. Our gay brothers (or sisters) have come up with their own words to make things easy for them. The goodness or the malice in the use of word always depends on the person. Our brother gays are in film industry, media, business world, and in rugged roads. We respect them and we expect them to be in our society.

Lately, a Department of Education official mentioned that there is nothing wrong with gay language and it is worth trying. (I hope it is not to be integrated in the K to 12 Program.) I cannot imagine (yet) a teacher (gay or non-gay) handling a class using gay language. If DepEd is serious, we can open a new course in our colleges and universities, “Bachelor of Science in Gay Language.” Is it worth trying?

We must admit that there are politicians who are gays. There is nothing wrong with that. They may be using gay language outside official business. There are also non-gay politicians (or gay also) who are using gay language even in official business (for the public to know). I haven’t heard Luis Quezon, Ramon Magsaysay, Fidel Ramos, or Benigno Aquino speak in gay language.

Some politicians (some only, not all) are comfortable with gay language. They want to “lafang” (eat) good food… raw or cooked. They want to “revo” (go around) with their friends who could be “umbao” (men) or “murae” (women). Politicians have their constitutional obligation to their constituency regardless of sex.

Good politicians are expected not to be “charat” (cheap) and “chaka” (ugly) in their delivery of public service. Government cannot be bad if politicians can always remain good. They have to consider the people whom they serve as “maharlika” (beloved). Some politicians are already “guramelz” (old) but people are still voting for them because they can be trusted.

There are erring politicians also. Some have “atush” (child or baby) outside of marriage. We know some “politicos” who have “jowawas” (girlfriends) other than their legal wife. Are they “Tom Jones” (hungry) for love? Maybe, they have just “datis” (money) and because they are “madatis” (rich), they attract more “murae” (women). If they are “shigadless” (poor), nobody would mind them.

I hope I am not “sala set” (wrong) in this. I can be “korel” (correct) if I say that some “guramelz” (old) politicians can even afford to provide their “jowawas” (girlfriends) with “kiao” (P1,000) just for simple snacks. The “kuripots” are just giving “bentelador” (P20) that is not even enough for soda and biscuit.

Gay language is already here in our society. Our “telenovelas” are loaded with gay characters using gay language. Students in colleges and universities are using gay terms to express themselves (or to backbite their friends and professors). Husbands and wives are comfortable with gay terms if they want to do something intimate (so that young children could not understand).

If gay language is used by politicians, let us respect the users as long as the sentences are not raunching. Gay language is not just for “charot” (joke). In the future, there may be a “Gay University,” an exclusive institution for gays and for non-gays who want to become gays. Nobody can tell. Biodiversity is always unpredictable.

I do not dream of a gay Philippines. When that time comes, I am dead already. Charot!


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