This entry is not exactly on the Anugerah 2011 Final Roadshow which is happening later today at the City Square Mall (the one at Farrer Park MRT station, not Johor Bahru), but more to the comments I made and that was published in today’s Berita Minggu. For the benefit of those who have not read it, I quote from what was written in the papers, “Anugerah 2011 merupakan edisi yang kurang memuaskan. Rata-rata hampir kesemuanya memberi persembahan yang lemau dan kurang bertenaga. Nada suara mereka juga sumbang. Di tahap separuh akhir ini, seharusnya kita melihat satu tahap kualiti yang boleh kita banggakan untuk dipasarkan sebagai artis yang dapat mengharumkan nama negara. Namun sehingga kini, masih belum kelihatan lagi aura seorang bintang…“
This is not a damage limitation exercise that I’m embarking upon but I strongly believe my comments were not expressed in full length. As such I felt as though I came across as the baddest guy on the planet, even if I know many people out there shared the same sentiments as what was published in the papers. Putting myself in the shoes of average readers, what I will believe by reading an article, will be based on what is being put forth in print wholesale. Like it or not, what is written in mainstream media is the gospel that one should subscribe to, the politically correct truth. But sensationalism in media in general, is one that the common laymen always fail to look at.
Regular readers of my blog know that I do not mince my words when I type, sometimes at the expense of my reputation and character. If I see a spade, I call it a spade. If something is good, I say that it is good and if it is otherwise, I jolly-damn-well say it sucks. But over the years I’ve been trying to perfect the art of being brutally honest without being too blunt. I’m sure and I do hope that people would have taken note how much I give people, most notably the contestants from any reality competition that I review, the benefit of doubt as much as possible or to correct whichever flaws that needs to be done. For those who had read my Anugerah 2011 reviews for the past nine weeks, you would note that I did praise several contestants while also pointing out the shortcomings of others.
What was printed in Berita Minggu today was not a fair reflection of what I had actually typed in its entire glory in their Facebook page. Granted, the message was typed a day after the semi-final results were announced and emotions were still running high. But I know I did give a fair account in my previous entry on the results shows and stand by what I felt throughout the competition. This was truly reflected in my comments in Berita Minggu‘s Facebook page as well as my previous blog entry where I went all guns blazing hitting out at tone-deaf supporters. But somehow, the message in its entirety was edited to suit the column spaces and the true essence to what I had said became somewhat distorted. For the benefit of those who do not follow the Berita Minggu Facebook page, I present to you what I had said in its full glory and then you be the judge whether I was being too critical in the papers or the one I said originally was much better. One thing is for sure, I’m no longer sharing my thoughts with mainstream media anytime soon and will stick to what I do best – Blogging…
Anugerah 2011 merupakan edisi yang kurang memuaskan dari segi kualiti peserta mahupun pemilihan para pengundi. Lihat saja episod yang baru lepas ini dan bagaimana para peserta membuat persembahan di atas pentas. Rata-rata hampir kesemuanya memberi persembahan yang lemau dan kurang bertenaga. Nada suara mereka juga sumbang walaupun mereka tidak dibebani dengan bayang pertandingan kerana segala markah telah dirangkumi sebelum rancangan bermula. Di tahap separuh akhir ini, seharusnya kita melihat satu tahap kualiti yang boleh kita banggakan untuk dipasarkan sebagai artis yang dapat mengharumkan nama negara. Sehingga kini, masih belum kelihatan lagi aura seorang bintang yang dapat digilap dari potensi yang ada sekarang ini. Para pengundi juga harus dipersalahkan kerana terlalu memilih mengikut kehendak hati mereka tanpa memikirkan jangka panjang bahawa pemilihan mereka sedikit sebanyak bakal memberi impak pada industri hiburan tanahair. Kalau kita bandingkan dengan artis-artis baru serantau, akan banggakah kita untuk melihat mereka berdiri sama tinggi dan duduk sama rendah walaupun pada hakikatnya, mutu dan tahap piawaian yang ada ibarat langit dan bumi???