Lifestyle
WTF: University pageant glamorizes extrajudicial killings in photoshoot
Totally inappropriate.
IMAGE courtesy of Reddit
Comments

UPDATED What ever happened to studio glamour shots? We’re not saying our gelled hair and baby powder-covered faces were attractive, but it has to be much more appropriate than the photo shoot staged by Engineering students of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. 

In one of the, er, pageant segments, candidates of the Mr. and Ms. PUP-Engineering posed like victims wrapped in tape, covered in cardboard of extra-judicial killings, laid out amid trash, all styled to look like a crime scene—essentially a representation of extrajudicial killings. The major difference is that instead of “Drug Lord Ako” or “Huwag Tularan,” the contestants indicated their personal insecurities. The words “payat,” “pimples,” and “walang talent,” for example, are scrawled all over the cardboard sheets. 

We understand what they're trying to do here, but is it enough to make it appropriate? The answer is a resounding no. Even Tyra Banks received flak for the controversial themes in America’s Next Top Model, such as making the competitors put on blackface, staging the seven deadly sins underground in a coffin, and shooting murder scenes. And that’s Tyra Banks. 

The PUP Engineering Department has yet to make a statement, but the album has been taken down from their Facebook page. The folks at Reddit, however, were able to post a screencap.

The pageant organizers have released a statement regarding the controversial photoshoot in Scout Magazine, which first broke the news. They have taken full responsibility and stated: "Although it was done without any form of political malice, upon realizing the insensitivity of the idea, we decided to take down the pictures from our Facebook page. We would like to extend our sincerest apologies to those who have been offended by this.”

The students' faces have been blurred out for their protection.

Comments
View More Articles About:
About The Author
Sasha Lim Uy
Managing Editor, EsquireMag.ph
Sasha eats to live and lives to eat. For five years, she handled SPOT.ph's food section and edited the last two installments of its Top 10 Food books. She also recently participated at the Madrid Fusion Manila as curator.
View Other Articles From Sasha
Comments
Latest Feed
 
Share
And the woman we were most curious about this year is...
 
Share
If you are what you Google, then most of us are a raunchy Puerto Rican song.
 
Share
Game-changing deal also includes TV shows like The Simpsons and Modern Family.
 
Share
Hauling your video equipment up a 75-degree incline in a suit can’t be easy.
 
Share
As these men show, a well-made bag is part of your life.
 
Share
 
Share
They’re exposed to the dangers of the Internet at a young age.
 
Share
The premium ‘Bordeaux’ colorway just released.
 
Share
The Mess Hall is (temporarily) a clubhouse, and everyone’s invited to join for the holidays.
 
Share
The upscale streetwear boutique just opened its second space.
Load More Articles
Connect With Us