Television commercials are still number one when it comes to marketing a brand and creating a public image and “knowledge” about products or an industry without the average consumer looking further. For example, car insurance is down to three companies on TV, but once you start reading the various auto insurance reviews online your mind will be open to other price quotes.
Submitted by a DailySkew reader: Average Filipino Kid in LA. i grew up on 117 north serrano blvd,LA,Ca 90004. middle class neighborhood with mostly filipinos and koreans, and some whites. on the outside, it looked like my family was doing well ,but we were not as well off as the neighbors thought .we did have the biggest house on the block and i had the best basketball court in the neighboorhood. but it was a facade. filipinos are VERY concerned about their public image. so my grandparents, aunt, mom and uncle put all their savings together to buy this big house.
it’s like looking at lindsey lohan. on the outside she is beautiful,but on the inside, there are many problems.my grandpa and grandma were already retired, but had no savings. my aunt was a phlebotomist, my uncle bounced around from job to job-from security guard to working in a sausage packing plant.my mom started working at a bank at the lowest possible position, teller. my uncle had a serious drinking and gambling problem and gambled thousands of dollars away .6 of us lived in that house. we barely payed the rent on time, because the house was so expensive. we lived way beyond our means just to put up a front to the neighbors.
for one year, we had to go on food stamps. i remember that awful weird yellow hard-as-a brick government cheese. i could not cut it with a knife, i had to bang it against the counter to make smaller pieces.most of the time our fridge had very little in it.from the ages of 7-10, i would go to the supermarket twice a week and steal little food, like thin-sliced ham, string cheese, cheese slices, candy bars and gum. never been caught.
my elementary school was cahuenga elementary. it was mostly, mexican, filipino, korean kids with some blacks and whites. in the early 80′s LA wanted to integrate the schools better. so in 4th grade we had to ride the bus all the way across town to rosewood school. it was in west hollywood.mostly upper middle class jews, russians and whites.i hit my academic peak in the 6th grade.i was the 3 time school champion in spelling and was the first and only 6th grader to place in the top 3 in the county. i also skipped 4th grade. but after that, all the way until graduating college, i was an average student.my laziness and procrastination was legendary. i was a coaster.
i didnt get into many fights. but i had a nemesis bully named christian yang.christian yang’s real nicknames were “goliath”,”garth” and “bossman”. tall,fat big korean kid. he was like a mix between bolo yueng and kim jong il.physically bigger and a control freak. he would pick on me because i was quiet.one day he came up behind me and hit me in the head with his bookbag and then kicked me while i was down.i went home crying. my mom and other aunt enrolled me in taekwon do school.just after i got my yellow belt,he came charging at me, swinging his heavy bookbag. i ducked and gave him a side kick to the ribs. he layed down crying.his cronies were stunned. after that i helped him up, i felt bad for him because he looked so pitiful-crying like a 5 year old girl. i brought him to his apartment and his mom made us apologize and cooked corn on the cob and kimchi and we played with lincoln logs and watched knight rider.from then on we, were good friends.
but after 6th grade,my mom didnt want me to end up going to high school in our neighborhood.our public school was virgil high school-rife with gangs. so we ended up moving to florida.looking back,there were some tough financial times and i grew up with no dad and no strong father figure or male role model.but others had it worse than me. but i would not trade my life for any other life.because we had a lot of love in our house and i had good friends.my family did the best they could. i didnt have luxury, but i had the basic needs and a cat,dog and some toys. i miss playing GI JOE on the lawn, tetherball, handball and kickball. riding my bike to 7-11 to get the latest comic books, playing video games and having slurpees.
not an earth shattering story,just an average filipino kid’s tale from LA
ever since i was small i loved fancy cars. my first word was “car.” when i was a kid, i didnt aspire to be a dr., athlete, lawyer, etc. i just wanted to have a nice car. compared to most people, im not materialistic. but i always desired 2 things. a nice car and nice shoes. i made a promise to my mom and God two years ago. if i make it as a dr.,i will not buy an expensive house, clothes, jewelry, boats,etc.but i will buy a car that i like, but under $30,000.yes, its shallow, but that’s me.
in some ways i try to keep up my facade. at work, i had a clean, immacualte desk-but i just stuffed all my papers-not even filing them-in the drawers. my family and friends know me as nice, reliable and thoughtful.in general, i am. but they dont know the hidden me.
The Christian Bale rant audio (click to hear) was a very hot trend this morning, and is still prime time news on the entertainment channels. For those who don’t know, Christian Bale (Batman) who is an A-list actor, was filming a new Terminator movie, when he shouted at a crew member who kept adjusting lights and was distracting him.
Bale kinda flipped out, and the tape became a global phenomenon today.
Anyone who hears this clip will instantly say that Bale is a typical Hollywood snobby actor who is abusive to a poor stage hand. It’s human nature to hate someone who is ranting and raving like a lunatic. In fact, Bale was arrested in 2008 for allegedly getting into a physical confrontation with his mom and sister in England.
This audio clip certainly doesn’t enhance Bale’s reputation, and is in fact very damaging to his public image. I would say over 95% of the coverage is negative.
So allow me to be a Christian Bale apologist. Why? Because I think he’s a great actor and want to put things in perspective (after all I can’t stand when the MEDIA tell me how to think or feel).
- Actors have to work 12-15 hours a day for months at a time, and awake during odd hours. I don’t know about you, but I need my sleep and food otherwise I get cranky.
- Bale was filming the most emotional scene of the movie, and takes a lot of pride in his work by focusing on the mood.
- Shane, the crew member, could have very well been incompetent and kept messing up the scenes. After all, Bale called him a “nice guy”, and we all know “nice guys” have a tendency to be unintentionally awkward over and over again.
- Granted, Bale said some horrible things, such as threatening to quit if Shane isn’t fired, but- and take it from me- when you become enraged and angry, you are going to say things that are out-of-character and wrong, just to express your frustration, and to let people know how they really got under your skin.
- Many, many actors do this; it’s old hat, nothing new, and part of movies and theater. Outsiders like us just don’t get it.
- I find it hard to bury a man’s life and career based on two-minute clip.
- Who knows how stressed out everyone was? People have bad days.
- So…everyone who judged him today never cursed like that?
- At the end of the day…who cares? It’s non-news, but was SIZZLING HOT all day. Seriously, I like to put things in perspective by making the headline as basic as possible: it really is “Actor yells at production member”, which takes away all the power of this non-story. In other news, “Boss yells at employee” and “Homeless man laughs to himself”