MANILA, Philippines – It’s Showtime host Vice Ganda, on April 21, 2020, went viral for his controversial ‘anti-poor’ video.
Uploaded on his Tiktok account, the video features a singing Vice Ganda to the tune of This Band’s hit Kahit Ayaw Mo Na.
The improvised lyrics are as follows:
“Tatayo, lalamon, hihiga na naman ako. Iisipin na lang panaginip lahat ng ito. Eh bakit ba humaba ang quarantine? Eh kasi nga mga Pinoy makukulit din. ‘Pag sinabing ‘wag lumabas, maglalabasan. At pag nagkasakit naman magsisisihan,” he sings.
(Translation: I will again stand up, eat, and lie down. I’ll just think that all of this is just a dream. Why did the quarantine got extended in the first place? Because Filipinos are just defiant. When you tell them ‘don’t go outside,’ they will go outside. Then, if they get sick, they will hurl blames on others.)
What might have triggered the netizens to get enraged, though, is the last line that says:
“Daling sabihing penge ng ayuda, pero sumusunod nga po ba?”
(Translation: It is so easy to ask for aid, but are we even being obedient?)
What started as a song to expreess sadness transitioned to feelings of disappointment and questioning towards the end.
The Netizens Debate on Vice Ganda’s Video
And so the people of the Twitter-verse called out the award-winning comedian for being insensitive:
There were a handful, though, who sided with Vice Ganda and said that he ‘has a point’:
Others have mentioned occurrences when some Filipino citizens were disobedient to the government in spite of COVID-19 guidelines issued. There were beneficiaries in Manila that had boxing after receiving relief goods, and the likes.
Vice Ganda is also a high-grossing actor with popular movies, like Praybeyt Benjamin and Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy.
The comedian also owns a self-named beauty line. VICE Cosmetics was said to have the mission to “inspire everyone to look and feel their most beautiful.”
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