This is the age of the “woke” celebrity.
From analog-era outliers like former APO frontman Jim Paredes and actress Agot Isidro, whose celebrity one might say is a “preexisting condition,” to Twitterverse queen Frankie Pangilinan, whose fame emanates largely from her social media clout, celebrities are using their platforms to speak out on all manner of social and political ills, from homophobia and fat-shaming to extrajudicial killings and government corruption and ineptitude.
Celebrity activists are nothing new.
Time was, when you didn’t like what the government was doing, you picked up a placard and hit the streets, or headed for the hills. Beauty queens Nelia Sancho and Maita Gomez both joined the underground rebellion after martial law was declared in 1972, became political prisoners, and continued their resistance long after they were freed.
The “rebel queen” tradition goes back even further, to movie star Carmen Rosales, who joined the…