Here’s What

the Play Girls

Need to Realize ASAP

By Kaira Guererro

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I’m pretty sure you’ve heard about another unusual ‘talent’ involving four girls and a car showcased in Pilipinas Got Talent over the weekend. If you haven’t then please tell us which rock you’re living under so we could all huddle under it and be spared from performances like that one.

The Play Girls, as they so bravely pertained to themselves, proceeded to give their names one by one (each name creatively preceded with ‘Play Girl’). At this point jackets were wrapped around their waists but we had a sinking feeling about what they’re going to do next, something about the way they squirmed on stage and Robin’s sharky smiles.

They performed a breathtaking talent of, simply put, washing a car in their underwear. Breathtaking because by the time they were finished we were impatiently waiting for the judges to roast them. With everything that happened afterwards, we wouldn’t blame them if they were harboring grudges, but here’s what these girls need to realize:

1. Carwash isn’t a talent

Ilabas ang kotse!

They entered a contest to wash a car in their underwear. Carwash is a skill that many of us know how to properly do, by the way; it involves being meticulous and making sure the car is clean inside out. If you wash a car in an exceptional way, say cleaning it inside out in less than 10 minutes then that, my dear girls, is talent. But squeezing a sponge to your chest, pouring a bucket of water on yourself, and twerking all the while is sadly not a talent.

Also, I hate to say it but you missed a lot of spots.


2. PGT is all about ‘world class talent and phenomenal performances’, not looks

“Ano tawag sa talent nyo?”

“Car wash po.”

The show is called Pilipinas Got Talent for crying out loud. The Play Girls might have chosen to show 80% skin, twerk, and split thinking they would get a resounding yes from all four judges but what they should have done is refine their talent. Did they really think sprinkling water on a car would grant them a spot? They could have attempted to form a human pyramid, acrobatics, gymnastics, roared fire, or even do a sing and dance number!

When Angel Locsin had a chance to comment on the performance she pointedly said “Talento ang hanap namin dito at hindi katawan.” Vice Ganda even added that if they did have great car washing talent (pah!), they could do it in pajamas for all he cares and he would still be wowed.


3. Smiling on camera and then dissing the judge on social media is an act of cowardice

Of course, they didn’t get in but what very nearly caused brain cancer to netizens is that the beloved Play Girls had the gall to vent out their frustration on social media despite staying silent during the audition. They might not have anticipated the slew of Sherlock netizens armed with the ability of being able to screenshot their posts and since screenshots are the weapons of online lawyers now, the girls were immediately caught posting garbage about Angel Locsin.

They especially dissed her based on the fact that she once took on the role of Darna, a superhero with a two-piece suit running around protecting citizens. Girls, there’s a stark difference between you washing a car in your underwear and Angel Locsin saving the world in a Darna costume.


4. They entered a contest well aware they would be judged

The rules in entering contests typically aired nationwide are: prepare to be judged and prepare to be judged publicly. If you come emotionally unprepared then you’re done for; either you stay in a corner for 2 weeks in embarrassment or come out of the audition victorious. Handling defeat is an imperative if you’re a performer.

5. Angel Locsin never slut-shamed them, in fact she acted as a friend who lovingly rebuked them

In this age of the entertainment industry where news anchors and afternoon show hosts think it’s alright to air their offensive opinions about women, Angel is our knight in shining armor. Her parents must have been proud she’s living up to her name. She stood and spoke for what she believed in instead of letting the moment pass or letting Robin Padilla speak for all judges.

She not only chastised the girls, she did it politely too:

“Kaya ko kayo binuzz kasi ayokong maobjectify kayo. Masyado akong nagmamalasakit para sa inyo para i-go ko to at patuloy kayong panoorin ng mga kalalakihan na ginagawa ‘yan. ‘Yun ang para sa ‘kin”

You might think that the netizens would all side with Angel but there are still some accusing her of ‘slut-shaming’ the girls from her comments. I didn’t know slut-shaming was defined as calling girls ‘beautiful’ and telling them they shouldn’t be displaying their bodies like that.


6. It’s not about what you’re wearing, it’s about your intentions


“Papainitin namin ang gabi.”

This sentence alone proved what the group’s intentions were. Darna wouldn’t be caught dead saying those words and as one netizen pointed out, Darna’s character might have been wearing a two-piece but she has never been sexualized until now because she never danced or acted in a provocative way. You’re free to wear whatever you want, it’s a part of your self-expression, but it’s your intentions that matter. Twerking clearly shows what your intentions are.


7. Robin Padilla shouldn’t be in this show!

Robin: Meron akong request, pwede bang lumapit-lapit kayo?

Robin is a man walking on thin ice that even he isn’t aware he’s treading. Recently he’s been caught in another PGT controversy involving a Korean contestant who didn’t know Tagalog. Robin insisted that he should have learned Filipino but when another foreigner auditioned who didn’t know Tagalog, a Lebanese belly dancing woman, he didn’t have any qualms.

Robin liked the Play Girls, in fact he was very concerned about their legs when they did those splits on gravel. He appreciated their performance even asking them if they enjoy being adored by boys whilst being scantily clad. I don’t even have to explain it, just look at his facial expressions the entire time.


8. There’s always room for improvement, girls

Ultimately these girls should be valuing their bodies and their image more than getting the judges to say yes to their performance, or having boys fawn over them for that matter. True, we can’t tell them what they could or could not do, it’s their lives and their bodies anyway. But as some parts of the world are enjoying a surge in women empowerment, let us all do our share in breaking that glass ceiling ourselves.


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1 comment

  1. Angel Locsin was just so right on the way she commented on those sexy contestants whose attires are very “improper/masagwa for the public eye to witness such kind of event which calls for pure talent only. Yup, dapat nga di pinalusot iyan. Thanks to Angel for she was just so protective to women dahil naawa nga sya sa mga ito and they should be thankful for her instead of kamuhi-an.

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