I always had the latest copy of it in the bathroom where I enjoyed reading it when I was doing my thing.
Because of it, I had always been accused of loitering, of being inconsiderate, and being oblivious that other members of the family would also use the bathroom. The more despairing they became when they hear guffaws from me. They always knew what I had in my hands.
My boys took after me and we had all kinds of joke books which contained what I describe as toilet humor – foremost of which was Pugad Baboy.
Toilet humor usually concerns subjects seen by society as crude and/or disgusting. Although these subjects might be unpleasant, their discussion does not cause physical or mental damage to anyone. Because of this, if we see someone getting offended by toilet humor, it annoys us. By laughing at toilet humor we feel as if we are somehow rebelling or ‘getting back’ at the prudish person who is offended. To summarize, toilet humor is only funny because we suspect that someone, somewhere is unreasonably offended by it.
Pugad Baboy is nothing but toilet humor as it is more known for its satire on Philippine society and politics, using pig-like characters.
But, we have also this famous Filipino adage that says, “Bato-bato sa langit ang tamaan huwag magalit.” (Rough translation: Don’t get mad if you are hit by wayward stones coming from the heavens.)
It is, therefore, regrettable that Manila’s St. Scholastica College, a Catholic institution, took offense at the Pugad Baboy comic strip published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on June 4, 2013 depicting two characters talking about how duplicitous it is for Christians to denounce homosexuality when gays and lesbians are tolerated in Catholic all-girls schools.
The subject of the school management’s ire came from the following conversation of Medina’s characters in the strip:
“O’ nga no? Sa St Scho e wala kang makikitang magandang kulasa na walang girlfriend.” (That’s right, eh? In St Scho, you won’t find a pretty St Scholastican without a girlfriend.)
“Di kaya tongril din yung mga madre?” (Maybe the nuns are also lesbians?)
Toilet humor is what there is all to it!
Now the management of the school is protesting because they feel that the institution was singled out as condoning homosexual relations between its female students?
C’mon, give us a break!
If it is not true, why get offended?
“Bato-bato sa langit ang tamaan huwag magalit.”