Filipino netizens react to Newsweek magazine cover seen on ‘Stranger Things’ 4

Published May 28, 2022, 10:20 AM

by John Legaspi

The original magazine cover features Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

Finally, season four of the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things” is now upon us after almost three years since its last season ended. And based on its first episode, its latest installment looks pretty darker with its new antagonist Vecna. Apart from the evil wizard threatening the fictional town of Hawkins, the season’s pilot also presented new characters that will add drama to the show, which includes Eddie Munsen, the leader of the Hellfire Club at Hawkins High.

‘Stranger Things’ star Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munsen (Photo from Netflix)

With his rugged hairstyle and rock star-like attitude, it is hard not to notice this Dungeons and Dragons master. But in his debut, what caught the attention of Filipino fans is the magazine Eddie is holding What he is reading is a 1986 issue of news magazine “Newsweek.” On its cover is a headline that says, “Showdown: The Last Act in Manila,” with a man that looks like the Philippines’ former President, Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

(Screenshot from Twitter)

After a quick search online, Filipino netizens found the original cover of the March 1986 magazine bearing the same headline, with a real image of the former President. A “Newsweek” story published on March 3, 1986 titled “The Showdown” chronicles the brewing revolt against Marcos’ administration.

“And so it had finally come—the moment every dictator dreads,” the article started. “From the windows of Malacanang Palace last week, Ferdinand Marcos looked out on a country in open rebellion. His defense minister had resigned. His most respected general had gone over to the people’s side of the barricades. Roman Catholic leaders were urging priests, nuns, and ordinary good Christians to support the rebels. And Corazon Aquino, prepped on the lessons of Gandhi, was waiting to finish him off. Marcos still had his cronies, his loyal brigades, and his guns. But even they could fail him if he chose to risk everything in the final, bloody showdown of a civil war.”

“Newsweek” is a New York-based weekly news magazine established in 1933.

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