A British blogger who’s labeled as ‘Filipino-at-heart’ because of being active in engaging with the Pinoy community wrote an open letter to drag queen Pura Luka Vega who’s facing criticisms for his controversial ‘Ama Namin’ performance.
In his Facebook post, Malcolm Conlan shared the statement released by Pura who defended himself from the persona non grata declaration against him by several cities, including Manila.
‘Tell me EXACTLY what I did wrong. I’m open for a dialogue and yet cities have been declaring persona non grata without even knowing me or understanding the intent of the performance. Drag is art. You judge me yet you don’t even know me,” said Luka.
Malcolm explained the importance of the ‘Ama Namin” prayer for the Filipino Catholics, saying disrespecting the song would trigger many faithful.
He also urged Pura to apologize and reflect on his mistakes.
Here’s the whole letter from Malcolm:
“You disrespected a very important prayer and hymn (the Lord’s Prayer) which is sung in Filipino in Catholic Churches throughout the world, by your style of dance and actions.
Had you have sung it with reverence and respect, prayerfully, you would not be facing these sanctions.
“With respect, maybe it’s time for a humble apology and prayerful reflection?
I have no doubt that as is taught in the scriptures, this would most likely lead to forgiveness and maybe even reversal of these declarations of Persona non grata?
“Of course you are free to perform as a drag artist and live your life as you choose, it’s up to you entirely, BUT when you court with controversy, you must then face the consequences, when it blows up in your face.
“Hope you understand and accept my sentiments and right to freedom of speech.
Maraming Salamat po,
Concerned netizen who has only the greatest respect for all Filipinos and the Philippines,