protecting a plagiarist
when mainstream media can and do ignore the scandalous plagiarism of a krip yuson, when he continues to write a column for the arts and culture section of philippine star, if he continues to write for rogue magazine, when he continues to shepherd aspiring writers in the dumaguete writing workshop, if he continues to teach creative writing in the ateneo, if he continues to be a presence in the palanca awards night, what does it say of our mainstream media, our academic institutions, and our literary culture?
at least in social media he has been exposed and excoriated, as he deserves to be, and gmanews online has fired him as editor-at-large. i am sure it helped that no less than the center for media freedom and responsibility — executive director, melinda quintos de jesus; deputy director, luis teodoro; directors jose abueva, fr. joaquin bernas, fulgencio factoran, maribel ongpin, paulynn paredes-sicam, and vergel santos — jeered at yuson from its website for attempting to legitimize plagiarism.
so again i ask, what does it say of our mainstream media, our academic institutions, and our literary culture when a krip yuson is allowed to go on as if nothing happened? as if plagiarism by a much-admired writer is forgivable. microcosm of the macrocosm? if danding cojuangco can get away with the coconut levy funds, if the marcoses can get away with plunder and human rights violations, if jocjoc bolante can get away with a fertilizer scam, if gma can get away with hello-garci and extrajudicial killings, if the aquinos can get away with hacienda luisita, if the supreme court can get away with partisanship and plagiarism, if the bishops can get away with lying about sex and reproduction, if angelo reyes can get away with suicide, why not krip yuson with plagiarism?
mainstream media and academics and the righteous showbiz burgis were so quick to jump on willie revillame for the janjan episode. this renders their silence on krip yuson’s plagiarism and arrogance both deafening and shocking. more so when one asks why kaya the silence, and the only answer seems to be that they are protecting their own kind, condoning their own sins, tell me if i’m wrong. wonder no more what’s happening to our country. they are all complicit in this damaged culture.
in the spirit of disclosure: krip and i were friends until we had a falling out over a personal matter many years ago. i’ve since kept out of his way as he has kept out of mine. so, if we were still friends, would i be saying all these in public? given the way he has handled it, YES, and i would not have hesitated to scream at him to his face, or over the phone, for being so stupid as to think he was big enough to get away with it. not in my book. friend or no friend.