Willing Willie Video Scandal: 'Macho Dancing' of Jan-Jan, a 6-year-old boy

Willing Willie host Willie Revillame is embroiled in another controversy because of his show's March 12, 2011 episode (video below) which featured him poking fun at a 6-year-old boy named Jan-Jan who was doing 'macho dancing' while he's crying.

The said episode has prompted the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to issue a letter of protest against Willing Willie, its host Willie Revillame and TV5 management.

According to the official statement by the DSWD posted on its official website this afternoon, they violated Republic Act 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.

DSWD is now asking TV5 management not to allow children to appear on Willing Willie.

Read the statement from DSWD:

PRESS STATEMENT of DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman on the Case of the Child “Jan-Jan” Shown in Willing Willie

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) condemns the emotional abuse and humiliation bestowed on a six-year-old child contestant, during the March 12, 2011 episode of the Willing Willie show aired on TV 5.

The sequence shows the boy gyrating in a distasteful manner with the audience, including the host (Willie Revillame), manifesting no evidence of concern or alarm for the child. This incident is clearly a violation of Republic Act 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act and a blatant manifestation of child abuse. The term “child abuse” includes the following acts: “psychological and physical abuse, neglect, cruelty, sexual abuse and emotional maltreatment,” and “any act by deeds or words which debases, degrades or demeans the intrinsic worth and dignity of the child as a human being.”

Putting pressure on children to do acts such as mimicking adult sexy dances, in exchange for a certain amount of money, and at the expense of being laughed at and ridiculed by hundreds of people, clearly traumatizes the child. This is a clear form of child abuse and will not be tolerated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The Department has already communicated to ABC Development Communication Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan asking that children should not be allowed to appear in TV shows like Willing Willie, especially those capitalizing on poverty as a source of immediate entertainment. In the formal communication with Mr. Pangilinan, the Department has also rebuked the insensitive actions and remarks of Mr. Revillame.

The DSWD will look for the family, determine the effect/impact on the child and from here determine if necessary counseling and/or stress debriefing should be given to the child and his parents to prevent further trauma and abuse, especially with the media hype triggered by this incident. ### (DSWD – Social Marketing Service) March 28, 2011


I think his parents have also violated RA 7610 for teaching their child the said dance and definitely, for bringing him in the show and allowing that thing to happen, in exchange of money.

Video courtesy of TV5 / Uploaded on Youtube by joyloveangel

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8 Comment(s):

  1. OMG! how insensitive of Willie Revillame to have exploited that 6-yr old boy Janjan..it was disgusting esp w/ all the adults in the audience clapping and laughing while the boy kept crying while performing. and they kept on having him do that dance over and over, mocking him and making his poverty, his family a laughing stock..akala mo nakatulong ka sa pamilya nila,Willie??? you owe Janjan, his family and your viewing public an apology!

  2. wala nman masama nagkakasayahan lang mga tao cyempre show yan at buti kung naghubad ung bata at hndi pinigilan ni will ung ang masama atles pinakita nya ang kanyang talent kaya kau mga pinoy tama na yang ingitan na yan yan talaga ang mahirap umaangat pinapbagsak hayyyyy ...........c will yan ang taong nagmamahal ng kapwa nya tao at totoo cya hndi cya plastic ipaglalaban kita will sa mga taong walang kwentang gawin kondi paninira hay naku.....

  3. TANTANAN NYO NA SI WILLIE and WW. A TV Host, whoever it is, have absolutely no control sa UPBRINGING ng kanyang CONTESTANTS. JanJan CRIED (3:28) because he's (very) grateful to this Tita (Josie) for bringing him to the WW show !!!! "Salamat sa pagdala mo sa akin dito" and at (7:19) because he lost the game.

    What can willie do,... do u want him to discriminate?? like.. (JanJan.. di ka pala pwedeng sumayaw, malaswa iyan, umalis ka na lang.. the global Filipinos would not approve...) Willie accomodated the child, helped him financially with 10k PHP (how long would that last), he did not judge him... Willie asked JanJan (6:26) Sino nagturo sa yo ng sayaw... JanJan replied (6:28) Si Papa..... Don't blame Willie for something he has no control of...

    YOU'RE ALL HYPOCRITES... Is JanJan the only 6-7-8 year old boy "exposed" to this lascivious, sinful, immoral dancing..... Why don't you all shut down the establishments in Manila that has this "dancing" nightly ??????? Can anyone REALLY do that.... we live in a temporal, decadent sinful world.. and it's UNFORTUNATE that this 6-year old child lives in an environment NONE OF YOU want to be a part of.

    If you don't like WW at TV5, then BY ALL MEANS, watch something else....For Heaven's sake, leave Mr. Willie alone...

    If you all care about JanJan... somebody should set up an online JanJan fund...

  4. dapat binigyan din ng advises ni willie si jan jan na wag gawin yun kahit anung hirap ng buhay...

  5. manood nlang kayo...

  6. per na lang ba ang kayang ipangtapat ni willie sa mga taong
    yan...kawawa naman dahil sa pera kumakapit sa patalim.
    biruin mo anim na taon pinayagan ng mga sariling magulang
    na mag macho dancing dahil sa salapi....kawawa namang bata..

  7. suwapang rin naman kasi ang abc 5 sinuggaban agad si willie
    dahil siyempre bago lang sila sa ere kaya hayun kahit kabastusan
    na ang ipianpakita sa wiliing willie ok lang sa abc 5.....naku
    kapag salapi nga naman ang umiral hahamakin ang lahat.....
    sa mga magulang ni jan jan aba eh magsumikap kasi kayo at
    huwag iasa sa bata yung pangarap ninyong guminhawa...tapos
    mangdadamay pa kayo ng ibang show na kesyo sabi ninyo yun ang dapat ipasara....walang kinalaman ibang shows dito dahil kayo
    bilang mga magulang ang responsable sa ipinagawa ninyo sa anak ninyo....6 years old palang yan kaya hindi ninyo sya dapat
    isali sa mga ganyang contest/////HUWAG SALAPI ANG PAIRALIN
    NINYO....nakakahiya kayo bilang magulang..

  8. kawawang bata at kawawang mga magulang dahil exploited
    ng willing-willie dahil sa salapi..............adapat kasi bilang
    magulang magsumikap kayo at kumayod sa sarili ninyong pawis
    at hindi yung bata na may gatas pa sa labi ang ginagawa ninyong tulay para magakamal ng salapi.......tama lang na mag pull out ang mga advertisers.sabi ang cdo daw hindi mag pu pull out?kami
    ang mag pu pull out sa hindi pagbili ng mga products ng cdo.....