Lead stars, director defend film’s ‘ngongo’ character

Published May 14, 2021, 6:43 PM

by Stephanie Bernardino

Controversy seems to hound Darryl Yap.

His latest film “Ang Babaeng Walang Pakiramdam” is receiving mixed reaction as well not unlike past efforts “Tililing” and “Paglaki ko, Gusto Kong Maging Pornstar.”

This time, netizens are not happy with “Ang Babaeng Walang Pakiramdam” star Jerald Napoles’ character having speech problems.

An online user actually took to social media to express exasperation over the same.

It has garnered 20 million views as of writing.

“Hindi ko alam kung ma ooffend ako o malulungkot sa trailer ng bagong film ni
@DirekDarrylYap na NGONGO. Well, siguro both. As someone na NGONGO myself, I feel like I’m being misrepresented,” her tweet read.

“Yung hindi ka maintindihan because of your inborn speech defect is okay and totally understandable. Pero yung pakantahin ka para lang malaman kung anong bibilhin mo is pure stupidity for me,” she explained. “Pwede namang isulat sa kapirasong papel or itype sa cellphone yung bibilhin kung hindi talaga maintindihan. It may be a joke since it’s a film, but for me it’s not a good joke. Or baka sensitive lang ako? I dunno.”

She noted how they have to live every day only to be reminded that they’re different and that they can’t sing in front other people as “for sure pagtatawanan kami.”

“So this kind of joke needs to stop. Stop making fun of us because it’s not easy,” she declared. 

Then pointed out: “Iba ang NATUTUWA sa NATATAWA o yung TUMATAWA SA PINAGTATAWANAN.”

Meanwhile, film co-star Kim Molina shared, “Kung alam niyo lang kung gaano ka importante si “Ngo” sa storya ni Tasha. Kilala niyo kami ni Jerald. Kami mismo ang patola sa mga bullies na kung tutuusin ay pwede namang wag na naming patulan at sayang lang sa oras. Hindi kami gagawa ng isang bagay na makakatapak sa imahe at pagkatao ng iba. Tulad ng sinabi ni Je at ni Direk Darryl, panoorin niyo muna. Tsaka tayo mag-usap. Lablab, lods.”

https://twitter.com/iamaivanreigh/status/1392779570340798469

While Jerald wrote: “Para sa mga nagagambala ang kalooban sa aking ginampanan sa pelikula. Naiintindihan ko ang reaksyon nyo.”

But he noted that the four minute trailer doesn’t summarize their movie. 

“Ang apat na minutong trailer ay maaring magbigay ng iba’t-ibang pananaw tungkol sa kung ano ang mga maaaring mangyari at maganap sa buong pelikula. Ang pelikula po ay humigit kumulang isang oras at kalahati hanggang dalawang oras. Ang buhay ay hindi nasasaklaw sa apat na minuto lamang. Panuorin po natin ang pelikula. Balikan nyo ko pag katapos,” he related. “Sigurado ako, !! Mamahalin nyo si “Ngo” at ang maraming katulad niya. Maraming salamat po!”

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On the other hand, Daryl expressed his thoughts in a lengthy post. 

“Wag mong samahan sa drama at dilim ang mga matagal nang nahihiya at pinagtatawanan,” he started. “Samahan mo sila sa harap ng mundo at ipaglaban nyo ang kwento nyo.”

“Lagi tayong may kapangyarihan sa lahat ng sitwasyon. Pipili ka— magpapakabiktima ka o magiging bayani ka ng iyong sarili,” he added. “Ipapakita mong hanggang ganyan ka lang o susubukan mong ipaglaban ang istorya mo.”

 
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