Beauty guru and YouTuber Bretman Rock never fails to wow us with his comedic genius and jaw-dropping makeup skills. And although he's currently based in Hawaii, Bretman was born in the Philippines.
Early this week, Bretman reacted to an article from Advocate.com via Twitter. The feature introduced him as a "Hawaiian teen."
Even though he "appreciated the article," Bretman clarified: "I'm not Hawaiian... I'm a Filipino living in Hawaii."
The article also says: "Now the 19-year-old Native Pacific Islander from Hawaii and his nearly 20 million social media followers are changing the cosmetics game."
The term "Pacific Islander" usually refers to a person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, and other Pacific Islands—and the Philippines, a Southeast Asian country, isn't one of them.
The Twitterverse reacted to the thread. Some defended the journalist who wrote the article while most agreed with Bretman and helped clarify why the Youtuber isn't—and shouldn't be called—Hawaiian.
So, what's the difference between nationality and ethnicity?
Nationality refers to the place where the person was born or where he holds citizenship. Ethnicity, on the other hand, refers to a particular race or group that share common traditional, cultural, linguistic, ritualistic, and behavioral traits. And while Bretman is geographically in Hawaii, he is not of Hawaiian ethnicity.
Keep being awesome (and educational), Bretman!
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