Richard Gomez believes actor Coco Martin didn’t have to ask pardon over a now-controversial runway strut during a recent fashion event wherein he walked with a woman seemingly on a leash.
“This is just an opinion, (pero) hindi siya (Coco) dapat nag-sorry, walang dapat mag-sorry kasi it’s a fashion show.”
Early this week, women’s right group Gabriela referred to Coco’s segment as “a disturbing throwback to concepts of enslaving and subjugating women to male fantasies” ; while the Philippine Commission on Women said the act “dehumanizes and demeans the dignity of women, treating their bodies as mere sex objects and commodities.”
Richard dismissed the assertions as over-reaction, noting, “Wala naman doon totoo kung hindi ‘yung mga tao na naglalakad sa stage. Lahat eto katang isip lang.”
The former fashion model pointed out that he would have willingly accepted the part given to Coco had he been asked.
“Gagawin ko kasi it’s just a show, we entertain people,” he said.
Richard maintained that no one would have reacted if it were a man who was put on a leash in that segment of the show.
He urged, “Let’s just move on. Tigilan na natin ‘yan. Alam nating malapit na ang eleksyon so ‘yung nag-iingay, naghahanap ng issue. Gano’n lang kasimple ‘yon. Maraming nakikisawsaw.”
As to his own daughter joining show business, Richard knows he can’t stop her if that’s what she wants to do but stressed he would only allow if after she earns her college degree.
He explained, “Kapag bata kasi nag-artista, ang hirap na pagsabayin ang schedule (ng school at work).”
So far, Richard has allowed Juliana to do commercials and fashion shows. He happily shares that, like him, she is also fond of sports. In fact, Juliana plays volleyball and is into fencing; and has joined various competitions.
“Juliana is very competitive. She joined a fencing tournament in Laguna before, where she placed second and she cried,” he said.
While sports can be physically challenging, Richard is far more concerned about his 14-year-old entertaining suitors.
“Hindi naman natin maiiwasan iyon. Pero sana sa tamang edad na. Mga 17 or 18, mas maganda ‘yun,” he said.
But what if his daughter comes up to him and says that she has a boyfriend already, we asked. Richard jested, “Kalbuhin ko siya.”
He added, “Gusto ko muna i-prolong ‘yung pagka-bata niya.”
Richard is one of the stars of the indie film “The Janitor.” When asked about his co-star Dennis Trillo supposedly being intimidated by him, he laughed and said, “Eventually, mawawala din ‘yan… kala siguro niya suplado ako or siguro dahil malaki lang akong tao kaya ganun.”
Richard has only good words about Dennis. “Napakabait na bata,” he said, noting how the young man is quite the dedicated actor.
“Kaya niyang ibigay ang demand ng director at ‘yung character niya ginagampanan niyang maigi,” he said.
Directed by Michael Tuviera, “The Janitor” tells the story of a cop turned vigilante. It opens in cinemas nationwide on Oct. 8.