Krizzy (And the truths we’re afraid to say)
If there’s someone or something that makes me hooked on Twitter, that would be the thousands of parody accounts of local personalities, such as Krizzy KalerQUI™ (Yes, the trademark included). Together with his 37.8 “million” followers, I am hooked with her straight-to-the-point, fearless and most of the time…hilarious tweets.
There’s a lot of other Twitter accounts who joined the flock: @superstarmarian has amassed 50 thousand “pans” who are hooked by her crazy antics, sometimes funnier than the real Marian Rivera. Also, parody accounts of celebrities, such as Anne Curtis and Piolo Pascual, and even TV executives, such as Charo Santos, emerged. There’s also a few pretending to be Jose Rizal, P-Noy, and even Madam Auring.
For me, what makes these parody accounts a hit is the way they state the “social facts” we are afraid to say in public. In a way, these accounts encourage participation and debate, from the smallest tsismis to even political issues. Is Piolo Pascual really gay? Which is better, ASAP or Party Pilipinas? Should Gloria be in jail? Beyond the hilarious tweets, it pushes us to be informed about our surroundings, or else we’ll be out of the fun.
But what is lamentable is the fact that these parody accounts need to pose as some other entity so that they could speak out. How ironic; this could be a sign that there’s not enough right to free speech in this country. And yes, these accounts makes us engaged, but it only touches things from the surface; they seem to “de-intellectualize” things and make us passive observers in a sea of voices.
At the end of the day, these parody accounts possess a lot of influence that, if tapped, could spark a difference. But another thing, how can the majority of people hear what they’re saying if they have no Twitter accounts, much worse, internet connection, or even electricity?