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Christine Bersola-Babao's "Being Gay" article earns her flak; Critics accuse her of bigotry
Christine Bersola-Babao has drawn flak for her Philippine Star article "Being Gay." The article revolved around the question "What should a parent do if the child shows early signs of being gay?"
Published on: Mar 12, 2013 - 3:21pm

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Christine Bersola-Babao has drawn flak for her Philippine Star article "Being Gay." The article revolved around the question "What should a parent do if the child shows early signs of being gay?"

Bersola-Babao cited the answers given by Dr. Camille Garcia and cited her own experience as a parenting strategy, "I think the presence of a dominant male figure in our home, that is Julius my husband, is a great factor why Nio is very much male. They play rough games such as boxing, kiddie baseball, sword fights, wrestling and the like. I think that activities such as these will help establish the childís gender role."

Bersola-Babao has addressed criticisms through her Twitter account, diverting the negative response to Dr. Garcia:

To read the full version of "Being Gay," log on to Philstar.com.

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    May 17 2013 @ 05:18pm     Reply  
  • babyjames
    si lord lang ang may karapatang mang husga sa atin kaya wala din tayo karapatang manlait ng kapwa....Do not condemn and you will not be condemned..saya lang pinaaralan mo ms,bersola,babao!!!nakaksakit ka ng tao sana makatulog ka sa mga pinag gagawa mo kung mahal mo ang kapwa mo wag kang ganyan hndi ka DIYOS..
    Mar 31 2013 @ 10:24pm     Reply  
  • ice_nathan1
    There's nothing wrong about being a homosexual. You are an idiot Tintin Bersola!
    Mar 28 2013 @ 02:33am     Reply  
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  • ice_nathan
    She's free to express her belief but she needs to educate herself about homosexuals.
    Mar 28 2013 @ 01:37am     Reply  
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  • ice_nathan
    Grabe bobo mga tao dito!
    Mar 28 2013 @ 01:34am     Reply  
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  • Enix
    she expressed her opinion alright...through a NATIONAL NEWSPAPER. she's free to state her beliefs...but why the hell was her article even published in the first place (knowing it would offend people)?
    Mar 21 2013 @ 12:46pm     Reply  
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  • JR
    I wanted to re post IAN CARANDANG's comment "Free Speech" doesn't equal "Immunity from other people criticizing your opinion if they disagree with it". True. Say whatever you want because you are "FREE" to do so. But do not expect that that "freedom" will protect you.
    Mar 16 2013 @ 01:31am     Reply  
  • martina
    We all have our own opinions and parenting strategies. Tintin was just being vocal about what she would do. She didn't say it was what everyone should do. So many people went overboard with their reactions. Wag na OA. Kanya kanyang opinyon lang yan.
    Mar 15 2013 @ 05:59pm     Reply  
  • straight boy
    I don't disagree with Ms. Tintin Bersola's opinion. She is very much entitled to her opinion as those who were offended.
    Mar 15 2013 @ 04:45pm     Reply  
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  • Addyfb@ yahoo.com
    Its her parenting way...baka natatakot lang ang mga gays na baka humina ang kanilang population...
    Marami din akong kakilalang gays and i love them dearly, but it is a fact that when one is born, 2 .choices lang yan, boy or girl, so ibig sabihin, sa upbringing lang talaga na de develop ang third sex dahil baka nga kulang sa education or guidance....
    Mar 14 2013 @ 10:28pm     Reply   Hide replies
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    • Hello, Christine
      Hi, Miss Tintin! Nagco-comment din pala kayo dito ha.
      Mar 15 2013 @ 12:34am     Reply  
  • GOODinguy
    This is her personal opinion. Kanya-kanya. Let us respect her opinion. Meron kanya-kanyang opinion ang mga tao at kung hindi tugma sa inyo ay hwag na kayong maglabel ng mga tao! KUDOS to her OPINION! Ako may opinion din at hindi naman ako tinatanong kaya hindi ko ipagpipilit sa inyo!
    Mar 14 2013 @ 09:28pm     Reply  
  • Reese
    Nagiging overly sensitive na yata ang LGBT. Loosen up, people. That is her opinion as a parent.Porke ayaw mong maging bading anak mo, masama ba yun? Sabi naman nya, kung naging bading e di tanggapin! Pero hanggat' maiiwasan, iiwasan. Kayo ba, gusto nyong maging bading ang mga anak nyo? Ako, ayoko, sa totoo lang. kayo na din nagsabi na mahirap ang maging bading dahil hindi pa totally accepted sa society natin. As a good parent, you want to shield your children from pain. Pero kapag anjan na, accept and ipagtatanggol at susuportahan sa abot ng makakaya.
    Mar 14 2013 @ 05:38pm     Reply  
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  • Diane
    What the hell is wrong with being gay? Do we still live in 1800's? What made me irked is the question "What should a parent do if the child shows early signs of being gay?". What the hell is wrong being gay? Ignorant self-righteous b*tches are the ones should be crucified. Bigotry is worse than homosexuality.
    Mar 14 2013 @ 12:48pm     Reply  
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  • brusko
    nagdatingan na ang mga bading! lol
    Mar 14 2013 @ 03:14am     Reply  
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  • Ging
    Some people who bothered to read her article actually got hurt with what she had to say?! She opined, it's her values, she wants her son to be a jock someday. It's what she wants. Respect her for that. Seems too many folks buy-in to that sitcom, MODERN FAMILY and what it promotes. JOHN en' MARSHA made more sense than that show, for crying out loud. Given a choice between MODERN FAMILY and that ballistic baby in that cartoon show where the dad wears the green pants.. it's a no-brainer, really. Give me the cartoon show. All day.
    Mar 13 2013 @ 05:39pm     Reply  
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  • kumare ni Ian
    everybody just need to accept being gay just means having a different sexual preference! society needs to accept them!
    Mar 13 2013 @ 03:24pm     Reply   Hide replies
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    • Justin Cider
      pedophiles have a different sexual preference too. are they okay with you too?
      Mar 13 2013 @ 03:52pm     Reply   Hide replies
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      • matthew
        Duh, what an idiot to make such comparison.
        Mar 13 2013 @ 10:43pm     Reply  
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      • BwKc7
        Because there are no hetero pedophiles. *rolls eyes*

        You forgot to use Bestiality as an analogy as well.
        Mar 14 2013 @ 05:33am     Reply   Hide replies
        • jesuswasablackman
          Haven't you forgotten our very own clergymen?
          Mar 14 2013 @ 12:09pm     Reply  
        • Ian Carandang Jr.
          how do i know you're gay?
          *rolls eyes while pouting*
          Mar 16 2013 @ 02:35am     Reply   Hide replies
          • Ian Carandang
            I've re-read this comment ten times and I still don't understand what point "Jr" is trying to make.

            But thanks for the complement, I think?
            Mar 23 2013 @ 07:59pm     Reply  
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      • Rose
        great point. where do you draw the line really. what is acceptable and what is not.
        Mar 14 2013 @ 09:05am     Reply   Hide replies
        • Charming
          Where you draw the line is consent. Two mature adults engaging in homosexual activities is miles and miles and miles away from a pedophile who preys on little humans who are unable to make informed decisions yet.

          Grow up. Read books. Use your brains. Get off the planet if you don't want to share breathing space with people who aren't even doing you any direct harm.
          Mar 14 2013 @ 10:54am     Reply   Hide replies
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          • Kuya Beto
            predatory din naman ang mga bakla. mga call boys, aspiring actors, etc., they fall prey to homosexuals too and you can't deny it.
            Mar 15 2013 @ 03:02am     Reply   Hide replies
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            • Charming
              Who's denying it? That response was to someone saying that pedophilia is a sexual preference too and comparing consensual homosexual behavior with child molestation is not a valid point.

              Predatory behavior is wrong, hetero or homo. Kaya nga sinabing "two mature adults engaging in homosexual activities" eh. Consent nga ang issue. CONSENT.

              I'd be the first to rally against gay men who do sexually abuse children. Oh wait, I already do that because priests have been abusing kids since ever.
              Mar 15 2013 @ 12:21pm     Reply  
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      • bangbang
        ang bobo ng comment na to. hahaha. kaloka ang comparison. :)
        Mar 20 2013 @ 09:54am     Reply  
    • Sinfully Yours
      Yes, but that doesn't mean that we should let our children be gay. If they decide to be one, then we will accept them, but we should raise them according to their gender.
      Mar 20 2013 @ 12:19pm     Reply  
  • libra925
    So she does not want a homosexual son. That is her stand. But she will never know what the future holds. He may end up as a screamin' desert queen for all she knows. :0
    Mar 13 2013 @ 03:16pm     Reply   Hide replies
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    • Diane
      That would be a bummer for the b*tch.
      Mar 14 2013 @ 12:53pm     Reply  
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    • DESERT Danny Thomas
      "screamin' DESERT queen" really? WTF.
      DESERT?
      please say you're coining a new fag term.
      Mar 15 2013 @ 08:04am     Reply  
  • jesuswasablackman
    I'm not surprised at Christine Bersola-Babao's line of thinking being similar to the "country-club Christians" she and Julius often rub elbows with. Them with their happy marriages, their plush subdivision lives and "soccer-mom" cars...
    Mar 13 2013 @ 11:49am     Reply   Hide replies
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    • vhenjie
      inggit lang ang umiiral sa iyo, bruha.
      Mar 14 2013 @ 08:58am     Reply  
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  • Trish
    Some people need to research more about gays before commenting on it or trying to "prevent" becoming gay. It seems they don't know that there are lots of masculine gays out there who loves sports, rough games, etc. They are that but they also happen to fall in love with those of the same gender. Looking at gays in a stereotypical POV (gay guys as girly and lesbians as butch) is both ignorant and irresponsible especially for journalists giving opinions. Di ba nga may mga "barakong" tatay pa na nilulublob ang mga anak sa tubig para magpakalalaki. And what happen afterwards, they may hide it out of fear, be rough and be all masculine and tough in the outside, but that doesn't mean they are don't find the same gender attractive anymore. Look at BB Gandanghari. I doubt you could ever get a more masculine environment to grown up in than the Padilla household. Did that prevent Rustom from turning to BB? Carmina got hurt in the process of Rustom trying to "prevent" what comes natural..
    Mar 13 2013 @ 11:15am     Reply   Hide replies
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    • Jhoanna Pempengco
      maybe rustom was just a shy, reserved guy before until the showbiz homo predators convinced him it will be "okay". you know, "natural" lol.
      Mar 14 2013 @ 08:43am     Reply  
  • Ian Carandang
    "Free Speech" doesn't equal "Immunity from other people criticizing your opinion if they disagree with it".
    Mar 13 2013 @ 09:43am     Reply   Hide replies
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  • Justin Cider
    commenting AGAINST THE VIEWS of gay people is like commenting against the jews. you get branded and crucified right away. seriously, does any parent want their kid to be gay?
    Mar 13 2013 @ 04:09am     Reply   Hide replies
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    • Ian Carandang
      Does any person like being told that who they are is "mali yan?" If you are, I can make you very happy then.....
      Mar 13 2013 @ 09:46am     Reply   Hide replies
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    • Helen of Tondo
      I would love a gay son or a heterosexual son or whatever he may prefer (as long as he isn't a rapist and all his sexual relations are consensual). But I would probably be very ashamed of a son who is a bigot.
      Mar 13 2013 @ 01:02pm     Reply   Hide replies
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      • Vina ng Bangkusay
        you're only saying that because you don't have a kid.
        Mar 13 2013 @ 03:38pm     Reply   Hide replies
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        • Helen of Tondo
          As long as the kid isn't like you, I'll be OK.
          Mar 15 2013 @ 12:37am     Reply  
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          Mar 15 2013 @ 02:46am     Reply  
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      • Tomas sa Pritil
        meron akong bigote
        Mar 13 2013 @ 03:48pm     Reply  
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