Jinggoy Estrada earns the ire over his thoughts of banning foreign-made entertainment-related stuff like K-dramas - TrueID

Jinggoy Estrada earns the ire over his thoughts of banning foreign-made entertainment-related stuff like K-dramas

LionhearTVOctober 20, 2022

On October 18, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada said that he is thinking about banning foreign-made telenovelas to help curb the rising unemployment rates of the local industry.

He added that Filipinos should promote local projects instead of foreign-made ones.

“I don’t agree with Korean shows, Filipino actors are losing their jobs and income, I’m thinking of banning these telenovelas by foreigners,” remarked Estrada.

Famous personalities from within the industry proceeded to call out Estrada’s comment. teleplay writer Suzette Doctolero, theater artist Reb Atadero, and screenwriter Jerry Gracio are among those who voiced outrage against Estrada’s remark.

Netizens are also quick to point out the misplaced priorities of the government. 

Atty. Chel Diokno even decided to shout irony at the Senator’s comment.

During the senate hearing, actor and FDCP chairman Tirso Cruz III was also quick to respond to Estrada’s remark and stated the plans of his council.

He emphasized that the primary plan of the council is to focus on production and marketing of local films.

“Ang isa pong pangunahing programa namin ay talagang mag-focus sa paggawa ng mga local film muna dahil sabi namin, ang unang-una na importante ay ang maniwala ang kapwa Pilipino sa pelikulang Pilipino,” he emphasized.

In 2021, Twitter data released the ranking of the Philippines being third in having the most number of K-pop fans. Thus, the country is one of the biggest consumers of Korean content.

Contrary to the Senator’s claim, the success of Korean entertainment is not fully-attributed to foreign consumption but due to ‘special support’ given by the government. Korean author Euny Hong said in an interview in 2015 that the Korean government treats the K-pop industry as an industry that must-be protected.

As a result of South Korea’s financial crisis in the ’90s, the government allotted a budget for the formation of the Ministry of Culture to protect the special interests of their entertainment industry.

“It turns out that the Korean government treats its K-pop industry the way that the American government treats its automobile and banking industry, meaning that these are industries that have to be protected,” said Hong.

Estrada retracted his statement a day after its release by saying that his statement stemmed from his frustration with the people’s willingness to patronize foreign projects. He also said that he only wished that this willingness is replicated to support local projects as well.

Estrada added that the Filipinos should learn to follow the example of South Korea’s success being “rooted in their love of country.”

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