Anti Name-discrimination

If you were named after a universal food seasoning, would you feel pleased? Pardon my name discrimination tendencies but since there’s nothing unlawful about it, I might as well raise a mono-brow at Phillip Noyce’s lead character Evelyn Salt in Salt. I believe people should be given gracious, respectable names. It’s not even enough that you’re sizzling, pouting, dyed Angelina Jolie.

I remember a sociology paper back in college where we were asked to write something about Howie Serevino’s Sa Ngalan ng Pangalan via i-Witness. The germane documentary tackled satirically yet sensitively on how names could affect Filipinos’ lives, “What’s in a name really?” Apparently, there are a chunk of people in the country named Bagongahasa and Pekpek, which when vernacularly spoken could kindle a candid burst of laughter. One of these people actually had to quit school just because he was a teenage laughingstock, and he’s only one of other serious cases of name discrimination. And the resolution— rebaptism or civil change of names— could only mean more tediousness and money in the end. So honestly, if you had other basic needs to take care of, why bother changing how people call you? Tss, government.

Liev Schreiber as Winter being finesse (Pic Googled)

Then again, to avoid such prejudice, the mightiest and cheapest thing to do is To Impose. “It’s Salt, you can’t ridicule me. You can know my other name, NaCl, but that would only make me less terrifying, won’t it? It’s S-A-L-T, Salt. So back off!” You tell them who the bitch is.

Anyway, I was late to watch Salt (after some mulling over for spy hits aside from Chuck). Here is what I can say feebly:

  • “Russians” are, again, into espionage. But only more old-fashioned, stealth and rogue. Also, only here they do “suicide bombings.”
  • Liev Schreiber (Viktor Creed in X-Men Origins: Wolverine) never ceases to amaze me. He can easily pull-off a trustworthy, brother-like sensation and at the same time, a baleful, dick-shrinking one. Who could’ve thought he was the main villain?
  • Angelina Jolie, a suki of action movies, this time IS different. She’s vulnerable and sarcastic at the start, then fierce and formidable after she loses her composure and gets busted as a true-blue Russian spy. I anticipated giddily the time she transformed into what she really is. She cupped some black hair colorant, rubbed it on her blondeness, and, voila she’s in truth a double agent CIA!
  • I thought the CIA was sleeker than THAT. When I saw their asses get pounded effortlessly by Salt, I was like, where did these wussies train combat sports? At the Juanita Hansen Foundation?
  • Salt’s quote that didn’t come out with cheese: “Why do you believe what everyone would say they are?”
  • So after Salt jumps off the chopper, dives into the river at twilight, and runs hastily in the woods, I guess there’ll be a sequel. I’ll watch that.
  • And wait, all of this happens in three to five days? Awesome.

On a third note, real live action hit our screens Monday night with the hostage drama in Manila. On historical primetime television, we just proved that whatever happens in action movies never happens in real life. At seven or so in the evening, about to reach 12 hours of unhandled situation, the SWAT and the police perform an “Assault” attack towards the bus carrying culprit SPO2 Rolando Mendoza and hostage tourists from HK— with the “Patay na lahat” presumption. And what do we get? Potbellied, sleazy, so-called cops who were more afraid to die than to physically take an “assault.” Hahahaha. Now that’s comedy and action that can beat a lame Ronnie Rickets film.


About barrycyrus

Hi, I'm Barry Viloria, 21 and not a blogger. I occasionally bitch about what's hot, what's not, what's life-threatening and what's Blake Lively wearing but I refuse to be called a "blogger." That's it.

Posted on August 25, 2010, in Mmmovies and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. But people dont really have much choice about their surnames diba?

    Besides, Pepper and Paprika sounds like awesome names. =P

  2. My surname is Mogul. And yeah, its awesome. =)

  3. Grabe, 3-in-1. ASTIG!

    Kahit sobrang simple lang ng name ko sobrang ayos na ko don kase simple lang din naman ako. hehe

    I haven’t watched Salt yet maghihintay na lang ako ng DVD o kaya sa HBO. 😀

    About the hostage taking…WTF!

  4. yes, i think a name, under certain circumstances, could make or break you.

  5. Too good I didnt watch the movie. Must have been a horrible experience. 🙂

  6. Hey Barry!

    My dad almost named me “Juan,” but decided against it after remembering the “Juan Tamad” stories.

    Thank goodness! 😛


  7. Haha, yeah, what about the celebrities that name their kids Apple and Moonunit? Their kids are going to *die* when they are older.

  8. @ BarryCyrus..!
    noong nagtuturo pa ako..,
    meron akong estudyante ang name..:
    ang surmane..:
    Brillan Te..!
    then yung ate naman niya…
    ang name..:
    when placed together..:
    Diaman Te..!
    then meron pa akong…
    naging student..,
    ang name naman..:
    okay na sana eh..!
    kaya lang…
    ang apleido..:
    Abigail FOCK..! 😉

  9. Salt is not a bad sounding surname. The good thing is, in Norway it’s easier to change names if you don’t like what you got.

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