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Social media becoming toxic; celebrities fire back

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

In recent months, social media has played a vital role in promoting certain topics and issues that have become viral and been the focused of scrutiny by the public.

Most of the posts we see on the internet, especially on social media platforms always elicit comments that are either beneficial and or hurtful to some.

Just lately, the Bea-Gerald-Julia issue overruled all news that even Supreme Court justices, members of Congress felt the need to say something about it.  Countless of memes have been put up, and people choosing sides between #TeamBea and or #TeamJulia.

Another issue that has gone viral is the alleged body shaming of Ms. Thailand 2019 Coco Arayha Suparurk against Ms. Universe 2018 Catriona Gray.  Suparurk called Gray “fat” and this didn’t sit well with Gray’s fans.  They have been demanding a public apology from the Thai beauty queen.  In a recent interview, Suparurk said that she will apologize to Gray if the latter will personally call her.

Gray, on the other hand, posted this on her personal Twitter account: “Body shaming is hurtful and [should] never be tolerated. If anyone reading this too has been [body shamed], I know how it feels. I’m sorry you’ve had to experience that. But [know] that you are more than your appearance. You are a capable, unique, and worthy person. And you are never alone.”

However, not all celebrities are like Gray who remained prim and collect amid being a victim. Some celebrities fight back and are taking control of the situation.

When a netizen asked Karla Estrada if she is still friends with Bea Alonzo after showing support to Julia Barretto, the host of “Magandang Buhay” said that she is friends with everyone.  Alex Gonzaga, a usual target of bashing from netizens, isn’t shying away when she feels the need to set the record straight, neither is actress Jessey Mendiola, singer Regine Velasquez, queen of all media Kris Aquino, among others.

On Thursday, Ms Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach replied to a post on the Ms Universe Instagram account and expressed her dismay over the page becoming toxic because people choose to bully and spread hate.

In her reply, Wurtzbach advised the administrator of the said account that aside from updating the public of the current Ms Universe’s schedule, they also need to look into the comments the fans are posting because whatever is posted will be a reflection of what the account stands for.

Wurtzbach reminded everyone that “Miss Universe celebrates unity and diversity… No more bullying and spreading hate on this page, please”

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach (Photo credit: YouTube)


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