With the latest buzz in Philippine television on the rape scene in Walang Hanggan topping the ratings, we question.
Walang Hanggan garnered a national TV rating of 38.7% by Kantar Media last August 1 for their episode that featured the rape scene between Nathan (Paulo Avelino) and Katerina (Julia Montes). The scene showed Paulo Avelino's character topless, sweating and devouring the still clothed body of Julia's character. It was not as explicit as the other rape scenes but the inuendos definitely led to the viewers' lucid imagination.
Here's the catch. Just before the said part of the show, the Kapamilya network warned the viewers with MTRCB's rating SPG (Strong Parental Guidance or Striktong Patnubay at Gabay). Despite the warning, the show still garnered a whopping 38.7%. That means that millions were able to watch it. To prove the point, the show even went trending on that night over Twitter world.
Reviewing the tweets, most of them came from students who were watching the said show. Students who are still living with their parents. Students who are supposed to be guarded by their parents.
Nothing is wrong with MTRCB's rating. Nothing is wrong with a show garnering such a high turnout of viewers for the said scene. But there are a few realities we can deduce (theoretically at least) from the results.
1. People liked Paulo Avelino's character going topless. SEX content.
2. Tweets were more of "Sana ako nalang ni-rape ni Nathan" than "kawawa si Katerina."
3. MTRCB ratings are just ratings, they don't have teeth.
For the third reality, we give the challenge back to the parents. As Winnie Monsood once said in her show at GMA News TV, it is still the responsibility of parents to watch over their kids and MTRCB is just a partner.
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