Kris Aquino has almost always given the world some of the “best in stupidity” material for any journalism training class.
Nothing holds a candle to her recent interviews with the stars of the new “Spiderman 2” as an example of “How not to conduct an interview.”
An interview can be an integral part of any good story, because the writer is given the opportunity to present to the audience, a person he will be writing about based on first hand observation. Through well thought-out questions, he may be able to make the interviewee talk about his/her views which, in the first place made him worthy of an interview.
In an interview, the star is the interviewee. The attention should be on either him or her. And the interviewer is simply a facilitator, capable of bringing out what can be elicited from him.
That’s not what Kris Aquino did in her interviews with Andrew Garfield who played Peter Parker/Spiderman and Jamie Foxx, the super villain Electro, in Singapore last month.
There’s a Tagalog word for what Kris did in her interviews with Garfield and Foxx: Nagkalat (scattered).
- She brought her son, Bimby. Oh so improper . Oh so unprofessional. Oh so Kris Aquino.
- She also talked a lot about herself. A BIG “no-no” in any type interview.
- She bragged to Mr Garfield that the movie of her son, “My Little Bossings,” had surpassed Spiderman in the box-office ratings in the Philippines.
So what’s the point of that stupidity? The two movies were not shown at the same time. What gall. To even compare any Spiderman flick to the inane My Little Bossings. It’s like comparing a Picasso to a Tarpaulin streamer.
What could Mr Garfield say but… “Fantastic… Well, congratulations.”
But in a unique way, Bimby did shine for a moment, because while Kris was rambling on to Mr Garfield about how she was “blown away” by the first Spiderman movie, Bimby, who had already become a distraction during the interview, blurted out, “And she was sleeping.” Mr Garfield laughed.
Serves her right!
In her interview with Jamie Foxx, she bragged that many consider her “The Oprah of the Philippines.” To which, Mr Foxx replied, “Oh… is that right?”
Kris then asked Mr Foxx, who is known to be a good friend of Oprah Winfrey, to tell the American TV superstar that she (Kris) is a fan of hers.
Kris Aquino’s conduct would have been quite forgivable had she been someone, say 15 or 16 years old, who is clueless to the business. But since she is 43 and has been involved with the media for years, she should have known better. She even told Mr Garfield that she has been seen on TV, mornings and evenings for years now.
Thanks again Kris. The next time there is a journalism training seminar, we will be sure to use these recordings of your Spiderman 2 interviews with the instruction: ”Huwag tularan.” (Do not imitate)
Original Core Story: Yahoo News / May 2014