Charice's manager: Why do Pinoys claim Jessica?
|Charice at a news conference. File photo|
MANILA, Philippines - It seems that Charice's new manager does not feel comfortable about the warm welcome that Filipino-Mexican-American Jessica Sanchez has been getting in the Philippines.
On Twitter, Courtney Blooding shared her doubts about Sanchez being "part of Filipino pride."
Sanchez, a runner-up in the eleventh season of "American Idol," is in Manila with the other finalists of the show for a one-night concert this Friday.
Below are her series of tweets to her followers:
"Ok, I have a legit question. I am not trying to judge or anything, I just want to know.
"Here is the question...why do the Philippines claim Jessica Sanchez? Jessica was born an raised in the US. I don't THINK she speaks tagalog.
"Which, to me, makes her true American. How many people in the US come from mixed cultural backgrounds? We r a melting pot.
"AND I just read that this concert is her first ever trip to the Philippines....
"Isn't a Filipino passport kind of a big indication of citizenship and a lack of one a big indication of no citizenship?
"If only the people of the Philippines would stop looking elsewhere and focus on local things, maybe they could see the value of many of the great people and resources there. Many great things and people there. It's just a group mentality that it's not good enough.
"It's kind of a turn off to a foreigner such as myself cuz it can come across as ungrateful for the talent and resources god gave.
Not at Charice's expense
On Twitter, Blooding was quick to clarify that she believes that Sanchez' fame was not at Charice's expense.
But she still thinks that it is wrong for the "Idol" runner-up to be claimed by Filipinos.
She told a follower: "It's not really at Charice's expense...I mean there is room for everyone an people will love or hate no matter what. But I just think it's kind of wrong to say Jessica is part of Filipino pride when she is American before anything else. "
Blooding added that she feels "insulted" by the idea that Filipinos only started to recognize Charice after her success in the US.
"And the more I think about it, I start to get insulted on many levels. Ph can't claim something that is made in USA. And they only wanted to claim Charice after people in the USA put value in her. It's wrong for both singers. Sorry, I'm just feeling a bit indignant about the situation," she tweeted.