Jimmy Sieczka has made contact with me.  You likely remember the cocky guy that did the film titled 20 Reasons I Dislike The ____ (Philippines) I think that is the title that the film is official titled as. The film caused a lot of drama here in the Philippines and even got worldwide press coverage. The film has also caused Jimmy Sieczka a considerable amount of grief. Worldwide coverage seems a little excessive to me though. Well Jimmy, you got your 15 minutes of fame. I have a challenge for you. Dude, you’ve got some talent. That is the one thing I’m completely certain of.

Jimmy used the fancy new popup to send me a “contact request” as the provider calls it. It’s really a Jimmy Sieczka Dislikes the Philippinesthird party email system. I’ve heard from a lot of you via that. A lot of questions but I don’t do private consultation for free. I just don’t have the time. I do plan on offering some plans to do that in a more public and free way though.  One person used the new contact form to tell me social icons on the left of the screen were annoying. I don’t get that. I thought the pop up was a little annoying and I might turn that off. It is a hard choice for me. I don’t understand the icons on the left being annoying though. I asked him why it annoyed him but he didn’t reply. Those social icons are very important for reason that would probably be boring to most of you. 🙂 Feel free to tell me how you feel about those two things in the comments.

Jimmy Sieczka is Annoyed With Me

He’s a little annoyed with me but it doesn’t sound like he’s positive that he hates me.  Honestly, overall I feel like I was fair and balanced. haha To steal a line from Fox News. I hope I can do a better job of that than they did. It shouldn’t be hard to beat Fox. He is annoyed but there is nothing harsh really. I think I did detect some anger growing as he wrote a short message. I replied with a long message which should come as no surprise that reads often.

He even indicated that he hopes I do interview him. I’d really like to but I think he is in Manila. I badly need to go to Manila and planned to in the early part of the year but I’ve had some set backs and that has been pushed back. I’m not in a position to go any place right now.

Jimmy also left a comment on this site. I’m not going to publish the comment but I will post it as part of this article.

 

Rusty my man. I thought I’d share a recent interview that I did to clear up some of your wild assumptions about me ranching from “silver spoons” or if I’m even “real.” So rather than spend the rest of my evening commenting on every assumption you made about me as a person and real one for that matter. I’ll point you here.

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I’d also tune into the various radio and national tv shows that I have done with various “Pro” Filipinos before using your site to host a series of assumptions, spin tactics and malicious gossip. I left me email as well should you actually have further questions for the real person that up until this point believed I was not real.

James A. Sieczka

I’ve only got one criticism of you at this point Mr. Jimmy Sieczka and how on earth did you not realize the trouble you could potentially be getting yourself into. Perhaps it is youth. Yes to me you are young. I don’t know your age. I guess you could be 40 and just really look young. But I’m guessing around 30 and perhaps even a little younger.

You know there is probably one thing I’m guilty of for which I am sorry. It did get hard around the time I published the second article to not jump on the bandwagon of ripping you to bits. And I did succumb from time to time. For that I will apologize.  Perhaps I was harder on you in some of my comments. But I also remember leaving comments that said we should not judge a guy for a seven minute video. Especially one in which I thought you were acting.

“Spinning and malicious” now who’s making assumptions and judgments. I certainly was not malicious and I don’t spin anything. I tell it like I see it though I usually do it in a more respectful way than you showed in your video. But hey, you are free to have your opinion about me. I don’t even try to fight improper judgments any more. That attack on me seems more like the Jimmy Sieczka we met in the video rather than the one that we’ve seen afterwards.

You’re being a bit inconsistent here. You don’t seem to be applying the same thought patterns to what it is you’ve think I’ve done as you’ve asked others to do toward you. That word “Malicious” is a significant word and I considered not replying to you at all because of that word. You might be annoyed with me but I’m quite annoyed by that word. If that’s what you think, think it.

I couldn’t have possibly seen those videos or interviews of you at the time I wrote those articles because you were completely silent at the time. Something I still have questions about. I suspect you have well thought out answers for them.

Will The Real Jimmy Sieczka Please Stand Up

I thought I was defending you when I questioned if you were real or not. I don’t think I came to the conclusion that you were not real. I leaned heavily to that of being an actor. Now from what I’ve seen on YouTube, it surely seemed to me you were not being you. That the person depicted in that film was an actor that just happened to use your real name. From what you’ve you been saying the person in that video was not real?

I suspected the name might be real but the character was not. I was never certain though. If that was someone’s real feelings they’ve to be stupid to express that on film or so wrapped up in themselves they go through life not understanding the harm they do.

I don’t know why you’d use your real name to do that film. That could have gone either way. It could have been interpreted as someone knowing they were doing wrong so he hides his name. Or it could mean, “Hey, I was just acting. I don’t feel that way at all.” Or perhaps you wanted to make the name better known.

I can come up with a lot of reasons to believe this was all planned. When I first saw the film I thought these guys are trying to make a viral video. I’m not the only one. I’m choosing to give you the benefit of the doubt. I really don’t think you are acting now but the argument could be made. I surely hope I’m right because if you are, it will come out.

Its Not What Jimmy  Said but  It Was The Lack of Respect

I’ve said from the beginning the things you said were true mostly ture, though sometimes trivial. Things I found to be funny about the Philippines. When I first got here and saw all the whitening advertisements on TV my mouth dropped open. Not because many Filipino crave them but because American advertisers were telling bold face lies.  Nothing has taught me just how untrustworthy advertisers are if they think they can get away with it. If they think they can get away with it, then they’ll tell you anything they can dream up.

 Of course, the irony of American women spending major dollars on getting darker and dark Filipino women spending what is often significant money in attempting to get lighter was not been lost on me. I find it intriguing and my feeling of you from that film was that you too were a bit amused by it and didn’t really dislike that.

In the article that Jimmy Sieczka left a link for, he speaks of some things he didn’t feel were fair. Many got on his case as they thought he was disrespectful toward the children. To me, he clearly spoke softly and showed compassion for the situation of the children. I have not re-watched the videos but that was the impression I got from it. His entire tone changed when speaking about the children.

I didn’t think he was harsh when it came to kids. And he didn’t really complain about that. He could have. They can be a bit annoying when they will not stop. There are several problems with giving them money. It is illegal as he points out. I usually forget that. An even bigger problem is if you give them money, they will likely be many following you after you do so. Jimmy didn’t say what he actually did.

I think that is the correct position to take.  Most of our judgments come from the Judeo-Christian traditions. I know what the New Testament says. It says don’t judge others and it says when you give, the right hand shouldn’t know what the left hand has given. And he obviously showed a lot of compassion and concern for the children. So people that got upset with that part of his film, I too found to be completely unfounded.

I told my partner, Jessie you contacted me and were annoyed at best.  She said “But you often defended him.”  Jimmy Sieczka maybe that is harder for you to see that, but why?. Your nerves have to be a bit frayed after all the heat you have taken.

Some of my comments were on FaceBook. Now that group of people that are interested in the Philippines are far most positive than those that often visit the blog. But they turned on you Jimmy. I deleted many comments and left others in moderation because of their language. My message was clear. Jimmy shouldn’t have used that language. Respect is a huge part of Filipino culture. You didn’t show that and that is what caused the reaction here. The other part of my message was we don’t know what Jimmy is like. We shouldn’t judge the man for his short film. I said many times that Jimmy may love the Philippines but he just choose to do this film about the things he didn’t like.

It Still Bothers Jimmy After Four Years?

I’m willing to bet you could find on this blog my mention of most, if not all of those 20 things. Well, not all but a lot of them. I just temper it a great deal. And none of it bothers me any more. You’ve been here nearly as long as I have.

Oretty Filiina In CebuThe MILF segment amused me. I often wrote about the Moro Islamic Liberation Front when I first moved here but I soon stopped using the word on my blogs. Why? Because every time I used it Google shut off the ads on the site as they thought I was writing about a different topic. I find that humorous but a little annoying. I don’t think Google will do that any more but if we see public service ads on this article, then they are still doing it.  We will see. Notice I avoided repeating the word too.

There is something else, you did seem to be “making fun” of the Philippines. Either that or maybe you think Filipino don’t know of the issues they have. I hope you don’t think that.

I can laugh these things off. They don’t bother me. I  don’t want the Philippines to become like the USA. Oh I like the USA too, but I like the Philippines just the way it is. Filipino don’t need my help to recognize the problems.

Now I thought your bashing on the trash can was a little over the top. No, that wouldn’t happen in the States because someone would trip and fall. Then the city would be sued.  I’ve tripped on so many things. I have nearly fallen a few times. One of the first things I ever blogged about was called, I think, “Watch Your Step.’

On one of my first walks here, I came upon sidewalk that covered a drainage ditch. The sidewalk was cement or concrete slabs cover it.  Really it was a bridge. Some of the planks were missing. Not covered but gaping holes where one could easily fall and break a leg or worse.  It wasn’t very deep but I suspect that water was often very nasty. I wouldn’t want to make contact with it. That was my first lesson in learning to watch my step. But after fifty years of not having to do that, it is a lit bit hard to break that habit.

I Do Not Wish for the Philippines to Become Like the USA

But come on, you know why things don’t get fixed. Funds for that are often lacking. And yes, the casual nature of the Philippines plays a role in that too probably. Now, I sure hope that the Philippines doesn’t become as litigious as a place like the States have become.  I suspect you hope the same. That would get it fixed fast.

As for the horn blowing, yeah, the Philippines is a horny place. I posted a video about that on YouTube and I posted it here too but I didn’t call it that here. Only one person didn’t get the joke. A video of all the noise, mostly horns blowing. But I think you know that in this culture it is seen as polite. I was pretty amazed by it when I first got here. You do that in the USA and someone will pull out a gun and shoot you dead. Now which way is better, the Filipino way or the America way?

A Challenge For Jimmy Sieczka

Jimmy, you are a very talented person. You’ve gained some notoriety. You work in the film industry. You’re sitting on quite the opportunity here. You seem like a very bright guy though so I doubt I’m telling you anything you don’t know. Benjamin Franklin lived by a rule that I wish I was better at.  In business matters he tried to earn his living by doing good.

You’re in a perfect position to do that. I’ve seen a few posts from you. I think you know the opportunity that you have before you, please use it well. That’s my challenge, same one I made in my article last month.

It looks like you’re in Manila now. I do have some question for you. Maybe we can do something by phone. You should be honored as I hate telephones. Or via video chat.

Jimmy, since you did your apology, I’ve had a favorable view of you. Now I admit that I wondered about the sincerity. That’s, in part, because I think you did a great job of acting under your real name. You could still be acting. I don’t know. It doesn’t seem that way and I don’t think you are. Do I know, no I don’t know. I think it you are sincere. I’m not convinced and your use of the word “Malicious” has heightened my concerns. I’m fully aware of the legal implications of that word. I personally don’t like  apologize that say basically I’m sorry people got offended. If I’m going to make one, it’s going to be I did wrong. I don’t have an issue with what you said. I never did. It was the delivery. I still haven’t heard you say you did anything wrong to be sorry for.

Apologizes To Jimmy?

Now I do understand your point about you were trying to make a point. The thing is, I’ve seen too many Americans act that way in a less public way. I wouldn’t be surprised if you were not drawing off someone you actually know to develop this character. Now I understand that it was a character. I was unsure if that was the real you or not. I often said so. And there are a lot of people that owe you an apology.  Those people are mostly Americans but you know as well as I do that the grumpy old American men living in the Philippines are unlikely to give you that.

I’m on your side and have been since the apology. I did watch a video you did recently on YouTube last night. I doubt it will be on YouTube for long. I could get a copy of it but I don’t want to find myself in hot water. I will post it here.

Now that is a different Jimmy Sieczka in this interview. A very humble guy. I posted it on the forum last night and mentioned the humility in that post as well. That post was written before I heard from Jimmy and it can be read here. Jimmy, you might not want too, some of the comments are not friendly. Just like I suspected they won’t back off. You are a pretty level headed guy from what I’ve seen but one of them is Filipino so tread lightly if you do go. 🙂

One of the first things I learned about the Philippines is that foreigners can be deported and blacklisted for simply raising their voice to a Filipino. Some may not know that and it is a good time to warn them. Your video did point out what we should not do in the Philippines.  A lesson you’ve learned the hard way. I accept what you’ve stated. I think that most Filipino will as well as you seem to know, they are a very forgiving people overall.

I have much more to say but this article is already excessively long so I will stop here. Accepting that you were acting, as an American, I don’t see anything to forgive you for myself.  If I were a Filipino I’d see it different. The only thing you did wrong was not showing respect toward Filipino but that could have gotten you deported. I don’t think it would have come to that myself. But not understanding the trouble you could find yourself in is hard for me to grasp.

 

Freedom of Speech in the Philippines

That reminds me, you really didn’t know you don’t have freedom of speech here? That was the biggest reason I got the idea that you had been brought in and hadn’t been here very long. I also thought you had left because I didn’t think anyone would stay here after releasing that. These things could all be “spun” into coming up with a completely differently theory. I just choose to accept what you are saying. On the other hand, I’ve made bigger mistakes and more costly ones so I’m in no position to judge. I’m sorry where I failed to live up to my standards if I did. I honestly don’t remember but I suspect I did. I’m saying “If I did”: because I don’t remember it. I’m not making an excuse. If I did that, I failed myself and I often do.

Lady Boy ClownI just have one favor to ask, could you please change your last name. I can’t possibly remember how to spell it. I’m only jesting. Really I am poking fun at myself and my horrible spelling. That’s why I usually refer to you as Jimmy. I can’t remember how to spell your last name.  I have to go find it and copy and paste it.

I hope you’ll stay in touch and we’ll do that interview if you’re willing. If you wish to publish a rebuttal, I will also post that for you. I hope you’ll forgive my transgression. I’m willing to give you the benefit of the doubt and accept that the Jimmy we are seeing now is the real one. But I do have a couple of questions that might not be as respectful not as polite as a Filipino would likely ask. I wont be as harsh as what Dan Rather might have done before he destroyed his career.  I wish you the best in life Jimmy Sieczka.

Now that is a different Jimmy Sieczka in this interview. I very humble guy. I posted it on the forum last night and mentioned the humility in that post as well. That post was written before I heard from Jimmy and it can be read here. Jimmy, you might not want too, some of the comments are not friendly. Just like I suspected they won’t back off. You are a pretty level headed guy from what I’ve seen but one of them is Filipino so tread lightly if you do go. 🙂

One of the first things I learned about the Philippines is that foreigners can be deported and blacklisted for simply raising their voice to a Filipino. Some may not know that and it is a good time to warn them. Your video did point out what we should not do in the Philippines.  A lesson you’ve learned the hard way. I accept what you’ve stated. I think that most Filipino will as well as you seem to know, they are a very forgiving people overall.

I have much more to say but this article is already excessively long so I will stop here. Accepting that you were acting, as an American, I don’t see anything to forgive you for myself.  If I were a Filipino I’d see it different. The only thing you did wrong was not showing respect toward Filipino but that could have gotten you deported. I don’t think it would have come to that myself. But not understanding the trouble you could find yourself in is hard for me to grasp.

That reminds me, you really didn’t know you don’t have freedom of speech here? That was the biggest reason I got the idea that you had been brought in and hadn’t been here very long. I also thought you had left because I didn’t think anyone would stay here after releasing that. These things could all be “spun” into coming up with a completely differently theory. I just choose to accept what you are saying. On the other hand, I’ve made bigger mistakes and more costly ones so I’m in no position to judge. I’m sorry where I failed to live up to my standards if I did. I honestly don’t remember but I suspect I did. I’m saying “If I did”: because I don’t remember it. I’m not making an excuse. If I did that, I failed myself and I often do.

I just have one favor to ask, could you please change your last name. I can’t possibly remember how to spell it. I’m only jesting. Really I am poking fun at myself and my horrible spelling.
That’s why I usually refer to you as Jimmy. I can’t remember how to spell your last name.  I have to go find it and copy and paste it.

I hope you’ll stay in touch and we’ll do that interview if you’re willing. If you wish to publish a rebuttal, I will also post that for you. I hope you’ll forgive my transgression. I’m willing to give you the benefit of the doubt and accept that the Jimmy we are seeing now is the real one. But I do have a couple a couple of questions that might not be as respectful not as polite as a Filipino would likely ask. I want be as harsh as what Dan Rather might have done before he destroyed his career.  I wish you the best I life Jimmy Sieczka.

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