Hearing stories and debating about victim shaming has become repetitive. No week goes by without it being discussed in our news feeds, either on Facebook or the local news. It might be one of your lady friends being catcalled or a local senator/TV personality telling a woman on national television that it was her fault that her husband’s friends took advantage of her. The latter episode, absurd as it may sound, is factual and unfortunate.
Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto has done it again this week. He’s under fire for victim-shaming a winner in Eat Bulaga’s popular segment “All for Juan, Juan for All” last June 9. The segment is famous for interacting with the winner and getting to know a little more about them. During this segment, the winner opened up about the time that her husband’s friends took advantage of her while she was drunk. This left a bad taste in the Senator’s mouth; he asked: “Kababae ‘mong tao, pa-shot shot ka?” (Why do you do shots? It’s very un-lady like of you). The fellow hosts of this show agreed with the Senator. The comedian Jose Manalo followed the Senator’s remark with a question about what she was wearing and if she was wearing short-shorts.