Bonge, Jeje, Roy, Kurma and Friends


Everyone is different. Though twins, they are not the same. In Indonesia, there are some public figures, religious leaders, politicians, and influencers. They have different opinions about something. Differences of opinion become the subject of ridicule and a means of hatred.
I took as an example the phenomena of Citayam Fashion Week. There are some groups of people who blaspheme. Other groups defend it completely.
To me, we should become more relaxed towards differences of opinion. Citayam Fashion Week is a phenomenon of teens who like to hang out on the side of Sudirman Street in Jakarta. There is a metropolitan look to Kendal Tunnel where many teens take photos and do some activities for their social media contents.

Pic : https://indonesiainside.id/metropolitan/2019/08/24/mandi-cahaya-di-terowongan-kendal-jakarta-pedestrian-didesain-artistik
Kendal tunnel is close to Sudirman Street in Dukuh Atas. Teenagers from Citayam and Bojong Gede , Depok, like to hang out at the location. These days, there are more teens who come to Dukuh Atas on the weekend. Some of them wear their best outfits. They become a community. In an interview, Roy, one of the artists in CFW, said that he had been hanging out in the area for a year before he became popular.
The teens create funny content and then it goes viral. The terms Sudirman Citayam Bojong Depok (SCBD) Citayam Fashion Week (CFW) emerged. After going viral, the Dukuh Atas location became crowded, not only teenagers. Parents, artists, and traders gathered near the zebra crossing. The visitors make it into a catwalk.

Pic : https://www.tvonenews.com/lifestyle/trend/54264-beda-cerita-dengan-roy-citayam-fashion-week-bonge-ngaku-ingin-sekolah-namun-tak-ada-biaya-sudah-putus-sekolah-sejak-kelas-3-sd
The viral SCBD children have both advantages and disadvantages.However, there are things that I don't respect, even though he is a religious figure or a person who claims to be a moral guardian. A podcaster judges "Jeje" one of the teens, as not educated and having no achievement. Then she said that teens should go to school and should learn religion to keep morality.
I do not argue with the judgement, but please look at the teens who have no chance to go to school. Jeje's parents are separated. She did not go to school. That is the true life of a family who can afford to pay the school fee. Bonge dropped out of school at the age of 3 because her father died when he was a baby. While Roy dropped out of school because his father was unemployed.
That is the real life that they should face when more children in middle class families can enjoy education. When all those SCBD teens become popular from content creation, many people attack them. This is a very ridiculous thing.
The present of LGBT is not part of Bonge, Jeje, Roy, Kurma, and friends. It is a true reflection of their community, who seize opportunities to spread the word about Citayam Fashion Week.

Let's look at what those teens create as a work. They create content and they become popular. Their popularity influences millions of teens in Indonesia. They are great teenagers who can do things that school-aged teenagers cannot. Personally, I appreciate all those teens in SCBD. The Governor of West Java , Ridwan Kamil, also appreciated Bonge and friends. He promised to give scholarships to teens from Citayam and Bojong Gede who had dropped out of schools.

Different opinion is something natural. We should keep the morality without killing the creativity. Those are the last words.



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sayang sekali kalau hanya nyinyir tentang moralitas tanpa mau berusaha untuk melihat akar permasalahannya sendiri. Kita hanya berbicara tentang agama dan moral, tapi kita seperti kehilangan rasa kemanusiaan dan empati.

Salut kepada mereka yang mampu membuat dan membangkitkan fashion disana, dan sedih bahkan ada artis yang notabene sudah sukses malah ikut nebeng dan memanfaatkan mereka.

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The poor is always wrong. The do not go to school, they have creativity , they become popular all are the mistakes.

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