The OPM of today is fragmented. The internet led to the democratization of music production and easier accessibility of foreign artists —which then led OPM to become more niche. But back during simpler times in the 2000s, when Tower Records and NU 107 were still alive, OPM was big. Unifying even.
"Fantard" comes from the combination of "fan" and "retard". It is often used to describe a fan that seems to find difficulty in accepting rational criticism towards one's idol or fandom. The type of fan that feels one's idol can do no wrong and will fight anyone that'll speak, let alone imply, any negative thing towards one's idol. Think of Dwight Schrute from The Office and Gary Walsh from Veep had a baby.
Well this year's Miss Universe was one heck of a ride for us Filipinos. Congratulations to Pia Wurtzbach for the win! She consistently performed at a high level all throughout the competition. However, two days removed from the finals night, "controversies" surrounding the pageant are still widely discussed on social media and are still followed by local and international media. So let's try to unpack some of the storylines and understand the things that happened.
Pop Philtre wouldn't have happened if not for Grantland. Thank you so much for the inspiration.
Cheers to all who have been part of this great media experiment.
Its popularity, nonetheless, has also permeated into Filipino Pop Culture, being a staple song during Sunday jukebox hits on radio as well as in videoke bars...well until in recent years. Some videoke bars have banned My Way or removed the song altogether from their song catalog. Why? Because the song has purportedly started bar brawls, or much worse, deaths.