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Published On: Wed, May 29th, 2013

Vice Ganda apologizes to GMA anchor Jessica Soho over crude ‘gang rape’ joke, Soho acknowledges

The criticisms poured in after Filipino comedian, Vice Ganda, made an offensive and cruel “gang rape” joke, relating it to the weight of GMA news anchor Jessica Soho during a concert at the Araneta Coliseum last week.

Vice Ganda Image/Video Screen Shot

Vice Ganda
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In the joke (see video), Vice Ganda, real name Jose Marie Borja Viceral said while picking fun of the news anchor’s weight, “if Jessica Soho were a bold star in a movie, the scene would have to involve a ‘gang rape’.”

After a barrage of criticism from media and the public on the internet, the comedian has issued an apology to Ms. Soho.

On Wednesday, during the episode of the midday variety show, “Showtime”, Ganda admitted he had offended Soho and some other people who he used as subjects of his jokes.

“Buong puso kong gustong humingi ng tawad ke Jessicca Soho,’’ Vice Ganda said, adding he tried to call Soho Wednesday morning to personally offer his apology. He said Soho answered the telephone but told him she was not in a good mood to really talk to him.

Vice Ganda also offered apologies to rape victims saying, “I would like to make clear to all that I have no intention of making fun of victims of rape…nevertheless, I would like to apologize to those who felt they were offended.”

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Jessica Soho, who said the following in a statement soon after the tasteless joke–“Rape is not a joke and should never be material for a comedy concert.”

She continued, “I thank all those who shared my hurt and expressed their support, but this should not be about me but about rape victims who suffer tremendously from this terrible crime. The horrors they go through are unspeakable and should never be taken lightly, especially by way of a cruel joke,” Soho said in a statement sent to GMA News Online.

Jessica Soho Image/Video Screen Shot

Jessica Soho
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Soho said today that she “acknowledged the public apology” offered by  Vice Ganda, the Inquirer reported. However, she also said she hoped it was done by the comedian with pure intentions.

Concerning the call from Vice Ganda, Soho says, “Just to clarify certain points about my phone conversation with him–his call came without warning, as his number was not programmed in my phone directory. I told him I wasn’t feeling well and I wasn’t sure I was ready to talk to him. But I clearly remember thanking him for his call.”

 

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