I’m writing this after going on a debate with a few Marcos apologists. Just a background on those not familiar with Marcos, he implemented Martial Law in the Philippines which resulted to the death and torture of thousands of Filipinos and has gotten billions of ill-gotten wealth which they refuse to give back or apologize for and the Filipino masses are still paying off the debt until 2025. Now, the dictator’s son is close to winning the Vice President slot and a lot are not happy (me, included.). But a lot still stands with the dictator’s son and the dictator’s son’s “handsome” son. I can go all day with this but I’ll stop there. After presenting facts to these Marcos apologists, all I got was “wow, puta, eh di ikaw na matalino. #damimongalam” which roughly translates to “F***, fine, you’re the smart one. #knowitall”.
(The other replies I got was “Let’s move on from the Martial Law, it was thirty years ago”, “Why are you attacking Sandro Marcos?” and “Let’s talk about the Aquinos”. All of which I was able to present facts (and not insults) and I was pretty much smart-shamed every single time.)
Why do people smart-shame? What’s so bad about presenting facts without needing to resort to memes and slangs? What’s so horrible about having facts that back-up your claims? Heck, what’s wrong with actually knowing things?
How come some Filipinos result to using phrases like: “edi wow”, “Nosebleed na ako (My nose is bleeding)”, “Matalino ka na nyan? (You’re smart now?)”, “Etilista oh”, “Opinyon ko ito, wala kang pake (This is my opinion. You get no say in this.)”, “Shut up ka nalang (Just shut up)”, “Sige, bobo na ako, masaya ka na? (Fine, I’m an idiot, are you happy now?)”, and like I mentioned above “Edi ikaw na matalino (You’re the smart one)” when in the middle of what you taught was a casual exchange of ideas?
And why does the media encourage this? When the “edi wow” resurfaces and people all over the country started using it, I was pissed. I thought, well, here’s another term that helps the smart-shaming. Why does Filipino shows say that it’s okay to ostracize “smart people” and to laugh at “nerds”? Why are they feeding up this anti-intellectualism? When someone is actually saying something that makes sense, why do our celebrities and comedians focus on how they look like rather than the words coming out of their mouth?
Who decided that those conversing in English are know-it-alls and pasosyals? We can ask them to speak in our native language but instead you see comments like “Nosebleed! Ikaw na elitista! Ikaw na nakapagaral! Ikaw na mayaman (Nosebleed! You’re the elitist. You’re educated. You’re rich.)”.
Since when do we vote politicians (like say Manny Pacquiao and Tito Sotto) because of their appeal to the masses and not because of what they have actually done as a senator? Since when did we stopped giving a second glance to people that we know will do good in serving our country but we dismiss because she/he is not well-known or is not jolly enough in our eyes like Miriam Santiago and Gibo Teodoro?
Yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinions. I know that. That’s not even what this is all about. This is when every time I read a sensible argument online, the response from the other party is either “edi wow” or the getting-popular new one “shut up ka nalang (Just shut up)”. If those two phrases doesn’t work, they use memes or articles from satirical sites to “prove” their points.
When I googled “smart-shaming”, do you know which are the first results? Its articles upon articles about the Filipino culture of smart-shaming. I love my country and I love its people, but for the love of God, why do we smart-shame? This is something that’s been bugging me ever since I was made aware to it. And up to now, I have no inkling on why.
Here’s a Rappler article that presents a more thorough discussion about the Filipino culture of smart-shaming.