In a VincentiMents video with the late Philippine dictator’s daughter Senator Imee Marcos on Sunday (July 10), actress Ella Cruz insisted that history is tsismis (gossip).
“At totoo naman na ang kasaysayan ay tsismis na napatunayan dahil sa ebidensya at sa research,” she said. “Sabi nga ni Oscar Wilde, ‘history is merely gossip.’”
(It’s true that history is gossip that is proven because of evidence and research. As Oscar Wilde said, ‘history is merely gossip’.)
But literally seconds before saying this, she asked Senator Marcos if she was wrong to say that “history is like tsismis”, saying “Hindi ko naman sinabing history is tsismis. Tapos dyan na lang sila nag-focus, hindi na sa paliwanag.”
(I did not say that history is gossip. But that’s what they focused on, but not the explanation.)
She went on to quote public intellectual Gore Vidal, who was part of the political left, saying that “History is nothing but gossip about the past with the hope that it might be true.”
Cruz is playing a young Irene Marcos in Darryl Yap’s “Maid In Malacañang”, a pro-Marcos film.
Cruz previously said that “History is like tsismis. It is filtered and dagdag na rin, so, hindi natin alam what is the real history. Andoon na iyong idea, pero may mga bias talaga. As long as we're here alive at may kanya-kanyang opinion, I respect everyone's opinion.”
(History is like gossip. It is filtered and additionally, so, we don’t know what is the real history. The idea is there, but there are biases. As long as we’re here alive and we have our own opinions, I respect everyone’s opinion.)
This sentiment of hers drew flak from social media users and historians such as Ambeth Ocampo, who was hounded by pages supportive of dictator’s son Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.
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