I was all set to write another post about the Philippines’ most infamous plagiarist today, but I’m drawing a blank.
Seriously, I’m speechless. Because apparently - so was Senator Sotto… which is why he nabbed a Kennedy speech and translated it into Filipino instead.
How do you even react to that??? It’s like he’s on a serial stupidity spree!
I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m a WRITER, and I’m having trouble finding words to describe the kind of stubborn… crazy… remorseless… apoikdpg… oisrjao… hpjeywagu…
GAH! He broke my brain!!!
I need to lie down.
In other embarrassing Philippine news… in a speech against the
overly much-debated Reproductive Health Bill, Senator Tito Sotto plagiarized a blog called the Healthy Home Economist.
When she found out about it, Sarah Pope (the blogger) was surprisingly gracious about the whole “OMG a Senator stole my words” sitch, and even seemed kind of flattered/amused when she first posted about it on Facebook.
Naturally, the Filipino netizenry being what it is, that Facebook post suddenly got flooded with comments, many of which poor old plagiarized Sarah couldn’t possibly even understand… like these choice gems I just picked at random.
I kid you not. Go look for them if you don’t believe me.
And all this was happening in the middle of the night in the U.S., so I can just imagine what Sarah woke up to the next day…
Okay FINE, I’m exaggerating again. There were hundreds, not hundreds of thousands. But still a LOT.
So anyway for a while there I wasn’t sure if I was more embarrassed by the plagiarism or the crazy comment free-for-all on Facebook… and then - OMG - Sotto’s Chief of Staff went and just expertly combined the two sources of my shame by posting a super-lame comment AND admitting to the plagiarism.
Someone just kill me now. Or him. I don’t even have the energy to go into all the things that are wrong with that message — beginning with the apparent denial that such a thing as CAPITALIZATION exists. Or a much more appropriate channel for apology than a wall post using someone’s else’s Facebook account.
So apparently Sarah was a little PO’ed about that (who can blame her?) but even then, she didn’t make that big a deal. Putting drama queens everywhere to shame, she opted to just make a simple statement and move on.
Here’s what she wrote in her blog: (I had to take a screenshot because I couldn’t copy and paste. Hmmm… I WONDER WHY…)
How cool is this lady??? I wanna make her my BFF, along with the Anonymous Swimsuit Shopper.
So anyway… YOU GO, GIRLFRIEND! If you ever decide to run for Senate in the Philippines (hey, it’s not as if we’re strict about qualifications) - you have my vote.