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Michael V. on political correctness in comedy: 'Napakahirap, but we find ways'


Michael V. said comedy shows and its audience have drastically changed over the years.

On Monday's episode of "Fast Talk with Boy Abunda," the "Bubble Gang" mainstay said it's hard not to get affected by comments about political correctness in comedy.

"Ang intensyon namin, magpatawa," Bitoy said. "You have to take it down to its bare essence na pagpapatawa lang ang gusto naming mangyari."

When asked if he thinks the Filipino audience is short-tempered or "pikon" in some of the jokes, Bitoy said it all boils down to the change in landscape, especially with social media.

"Dati ang mga Pinoy, mga trooper 'yan eh, mga kalog 'yan talaga," he said. "Ngayon nag-iba na, nahawa na sa mga netizens."

Bitoy added that the influences of other countries regarding the boundaries of comedy highly affect Philippine audiences.

"Kapag naging hindi na politcally correct sa ibang bansa, more often than not, maaapektuhan na 'yung Pilipinas," he said.

"Napakahirap, but we find ways and that's what's very good about 'Bubble Gang,' 'yung creative group," he added.

In the anniversary special of "Bubble Gang" back in November, Bitoy's "Gusto Ko Nang Bumitaw" parody trended online. It earned praise from celebrities and netizens, including "Drag Race Philippines" alum Eva Le Queen.

Titled "Gusto Ko Nang Bumigay," the song talks about being a closeted member of the LGBTQ+ community who wants to come out and live life as his true self.

The video has garnered over 10 million views and more than 439,000 reactions.

—Hermes Joy Tunac/MGP, GMA Integrated News