Small Talk Starters: That Bizarre Max's Ad; Lipstick for Marawi; Pride Week
So you're at still another cocktail party. How do you make small talk with that new girlfriend of your old boyfriend from high school? Here are a bunch of topics that people have been talking about the past week to help you break that awkward ice.
1. The recently released Max's Fried Chicken social media commercial
Talking point: Max's Fried Chicken may be the Filipino equivalent of the American apple pie but the four-minute advertisement released last week was anything but traditional. A half-naked man wearing a chicken head building a house to the tune of "Rock Baby Rock" was kitschy enough. But when he starts looking for roommates, the film defies all convention. What does it all mean? And more importantly, can one un-see the pig and cow soaking in the hot tubs?
A step further: Entertainment has taken a turn toward the dark side. Those late to the party might resurrect the 13 Reasons Why debate and how it
Another viewpoint: If you do not understand the commercial, it doesn’t mean the campaign has failed. It merely means you are not the target demographic of this highly niched campaign. Max’s is making a play for the millennial tastes so to express bewilderment is
2. Lipstick for Marawi
Talking point: Over a month into the armed conflict, calls have been emerging for donations for either the government troops or the
A step further: Cash donations for the soldiers or for the injured would be the most conventional approach, but for those who prefer giving in kind, different groups are facilitating different projects. A group in Alabang is collecting toys and art materials for the
Another viewpoint: President Rodrigo Duterte has uttered many surprising words in his time, but earlier this week, he was filmed
3. Ongoing Pride Week
Talking point: Metro Manila Pride held a march over the weekend with the theme of solidarity between the LGBT community, and those people outside the community who support their rights. Big name supporters like Senator Risa Hontiveros and Nora Aunor were there to fire up the LGBT community in asserting their rights. On the sidelines of the festivals were protest groups, mostly from religious sects, who held up placards that ominously warned, “Jesus or Hell” among others.
A step further: The artist formerly known as Charice Pempengco, the young Filipino singer who appeared on Glee, now prefers to go by the name Jake
Another viewpoint: While conservatives may shake their heads at the shifting terminology and norms, there is a noticeable change in language from the church as well. Father James Martin, SJ, who recently wrote a book that urges building a bridge between the LGBT community and the Catholic Church, identified exactly why firing a person on the grounds of their sexual orientation is discriminatory.
“To be consistent, we should fire people for not helping the poor, for not being forgiving and for not being loving. That may sound odd, but why should it? Jesus’ teachings are the most essential “church teachings.”
4. Conspicuous consumption becomes old school
Talking point: A recent article published by Quartz puts forward the hypothesis that the true mark of the upper crust has shifted to intangibles,
A step further: You know the international summer has begun if your Instagram feed shows high
Another viewpoint: Will our kids know the joy we experienced as children,