Friday, February 22, 2008

Erwin Santos, copycat

Photo from The Professional Heckler

"You're nothing but a second-rate trying-hard copycat!"

I can't help but laugh out loud every time I see Erwin Santos cry on TV. For those of you who don't know it, Santos is the former aide of Jun Lozada at the Philippine Forestry Corporation, now tearfully confessing to all the wrongs committed by his old boss. (This he did on a government-owned TV channel. How convenient.)

While I'm not in a position to weigh the veracity of Erwin Santos' accusations, I can judge him based on his lachrymal performance. And the verdict "mwa" and four "ha's." As in "mwa ha ha ha ha!"

In the main, it's because this wet confession has all the earmarks of a "Me, too!" performance. Erwin Santos cribbed everything from Jun Lozada, down to the protestations of "I-still-consider-you-as-my-friend." It's just that, whether from a lack of sincerity or thespic skills (or both), Santos cannot even begin to match Jun Lozada. There simply is no "oomph!"

To quote the great Cherie Gil: "You're nothing but a second-rate trying hard copycat!"

(Also read Third Wave's Crying Men: Is Crying Good for us?)