Young stars Andrea Brillantes and Francine Diaz talked about how they became victims of cancel culture and how to deal with the toxicity that comes along with social media.
In a virtual press conference of a digital anthology series ‘Click, Like, Share‘, the two shared their experiences of getting canceled.
According to Miriam-Webster, “cancel culture” is the practice or tendency of engaging in mass canceling as a way of expressing disapproval and exerting social pressure.
Brillantes started by saying that she experienced the cancel culture even before it was a thing.
“Bago pa nagawa yung ‘cancelled’, naranasan ko na siya ilang beses at a very young age. Wala pa akong 13 ata, naranasan ko na parang kinalaban ako ng buong mundo. Feeling ko talaga wala akong kakampi,” she shared.
Thanks to her family and mindset, the young star managed to get back to her feet and continue pursuing a career in the entertainment industry as she is the breadwinner of her family.
“Talagang hindi ko siya pakakawalan. Di ko pwedeng pabayaan pamilya ko kasi gusto ko maranasan nila ang buhay na gusto nila. Kasi di po ako pinanganak na mayaman, at gusto ko pong maranasan ko yun kasama ang pamilya.”
She added that one of the valuable lessons that she learned is she cannot please everyone and she should just focus on living for herself and her goals.
���Diyos lang dapat ang nakakapag-judge sa ‘yo. At alam ko si Lord ay tatanggapin ako,” she added.
“Kaya kahit i-cancel ako ng buong mundo, nandyan Siya. Kasi alam kong tutulungan Niya ako sa lahat ng bagay.”
On the other hand, Diaz talked about how the public should try to understand and respect public figures as she has previously defended celebrities from the cancel culture.
She also mentioned how easy it is for netizens to taint and end an artist just because of disagreements and miscommunications.
“Parati nilang ginagawa ‘yun sa’min kahit wala kaming alam. Kina-cancel nila kami na wala kaming ginagawang masama sa kanila,” Diaz remarked.
“For me po, sana mabawasan yung ganon o matigil kasi tao rin po kaming mga artista. meron kaming mga nararamdaman. Hindi porket laging naka-smile sa camera wala na kami pinagdadaanan o wala na kaming nararamdaman na sakit.”