The worst thing that one can do is to react instantly and walk up on stage and question the MC.
We should reponse, not react.
Responding is different. Responding requires a cool, calm, deliberately structured and logical counter-argument that points out the error in the MC's comment. And in addition, let it be known to the public in a diplomatic way that I feel that the MC is wrong. In general, public members after reading a Response, would agree with the respondent, if his reasoning is sound. Reacting, however, is simply a hot-headed huff and puff directed to the offending party (perceived to be offending by the offended person) with hardly any thinking. It serves only to create more problem. Never solve anything.
I will continue to do my job as a photographer for the event. Finish it off. Deliver my product professionally. Followed by an official letter to the organisation involved, cc to any higher authorities ONLY if there is no attempt to rectify the mistake.
Depending on how individuals define 'success'; taxi-drivers can be successful too. Though I suspect the emcee got an issue with expressing his thoughts and ran out of examples. We must all learn to repect the occupation of individuals even if we can't agree or the profession as to speak contradicts our moral value systems such as protitutes and full-time XMM shooters.
if i'm the photographer, i'd go up on stage and tell the kids, "better study hard. if not, you'll become like this uncle standing on stage and telling you to study hard. you know why? because he probably screwed up in school and now he is telling you not to make the same mistake like he did."
this i agree wholeheartedly, kids are being taught that photographers are low jobs, they see parents call them "camera man" all the time, its like call here take this photo, take that photo. They learn these as "the right way" to treat people.
Mentality has to change, but photographers do allow themselves to degrade, allowing themselves to pander to clients every needs, apologizing for everything even if it's not the photographer's fault.
In an actual work (non-photography) environment, would someone with photography knowledge volunteering/be willing to be called around "cameraman", every little thing need photo, call the "cameraman". For me, if i had that skill, i wouldn't be wanting to offer my skill, to be looked down on and ordered around for free. I won't wanna let my colleagues know i can take photos. Sorry im ranting. -_-