Today's young celebs get love and hate in staggering degrees on social media. However, this very platform also gives them an opportunity to defend themselves and be examples for self-empowerment. Here's how our beloved artistas have stood up for themselves online.
1. They stick together.
Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto were recently hounded by breakup rumors because of an issue involving Joshua and a Twitter user. But instead of letting this piece of news define their relationship, the young lovebirds chose to stick together.
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2. They stand their ground.
Robi Domingo is no stranger to online bashing and admits that some days are harder to get by than most. He was previously Public Enemy #1 of two popular love teams, but he was able to clear the air about what really happened in the infamous Instagram story. Now that the situation has boiled over, he's learned that there will always be people who are quick to speculate and stir up gossip that can often put someone in a bad light. But if there's one role Robi can't play, it's being the victim.
99% of the time, I get to wake up, go around with my daily grind, and close my eyes with a smile on my face. But there are rare occasions wherein I feel that some things aren’t quite right. Thankfully, I’ve got a great support system -people who are always there to tell and make me feel that things are going to be alright. So if you’re not having that an awesome day, try to blur all the bad things, focus on the good, and show ‘em those pearly whites. Everything will be okay. ðŸ˜ #OPPOF7 @oppophilippines
3. They ignore the hell out of their haters.
Have you ever wondered why you never seem to read or hear anything controversial about Janella Salvador? That's because no matter how hate comments she receives, she always chooses to focus on the good things in life and stay happy. Do you, girl!
As an artist, i’m often asked about my take on bashing and bullying on social media. You know what I say? I say... why would I even waste my time listening to criticisms from people who can’t even do any better? Why would I waste my time listening to people who have never been in my shoes? Why would I listen to people who spend all their time on social media making and hiding behind fake accounts, ranting about the success or failure of a certain person, when they obviously aren’t very successful themselves? People can only say so much but I know who I am and what i’ve been through. I know my true imperfections. They don’t know my story, why things turned out the way they are and why i’m here. There is only one person who knows every single thing about me and my life– and that is God. And because of that, no weapon formed against me shall prosper. The same goes for all of you... keep that in mind when you feel like the world is against you. You have yourself and you have someone up there who loves you more than anyone can. That’s more than enough. #OPPOF7
4. They have friends who have their backs.
When Gabbi Garcia was criticized for supposedly snubbing a fellow actress at a fashion show, her "main" gal pal rushed to her defense, resulting in a sweet Twitter exchange that put the naysayers in their place. It's so easy how people can forget that celebrities are humans, too, neglecting how fabricated news can emotionally affect them. That's why Gabbi sticks to friends and family she can count on when the going gets tough.
Often times, people tend to misinterpret me, especially here in this crazy industry. A lot of people would just judge me based on what is seen on social media or in TV. But us artists, we are more than that. We are more than what you see on TV or what the industry requires us to be. I will forever be thankful for my family and true friends for loving me beyond what people see through the camera. #OPPOF7 @oppophilippines ðŸ’š #CaptureTheRealYou
5. They use the hate as fuel to do better.
When newcomer Sanya Lopez took the lead role of Danaya in the Encantadia reboot, fans of the original series were quick to say that she didn't deserve to be on the same level as the other lead actors. Filling in the shoes of her predecessor was no easy task either, which was why she treated those comments as constructive criticism on her craft. She had a lot to prove—not to anyone in particular, but mostly to herself.
There was a time during Encantadia days when I received comments that “Sanya is just a newbie and she has no right to be in the level of the other leads”. Na baka masapawan lang ako sa acting at di ko mapantayan ang pagganap ni ate Diana Zubiri as danaya nung past encantadia. Masakit din po syempre para sakin. I feel sad about it lalo na pinaghirapan ko talaga na makuha yung role ni Danaya. But later on I took it constructively. Pinakinggan ko pa rin ang mga comments,baka may point nga sila. Which I realize tama naman po sila, I haven’t proven anything yet. Pero pinag butihan ko nalang sa lahat ng ginagawa ko. Importante naman po wala kang inaapakan at inaagrabyadong tao. :) My manager, all my supporters SanyaWarriors helped me and inspires me. My manager gave me advice on how to handle bashers. Yung mga sumusuporta sakin, sila yung nasasaktan para sakin, pero sinasabi ko nalang na hayaan nalang natin sila. And most of all I’m always thankful that I have my family who always love me and believe in me. ðŸ˜Š #OPPOF7 #CaptureTheRealYou
6. They choose to empower.
Growing up in the limelight isn't easy, and Janine Gutierrez has years of experience with media scrutiny. However, being exposed to the negative side of fame at an early age has only made her stronger. She accepts the reality that no matter how well she's doing in her personal life and in her career, there will always be people who will try to bring her down. But that's exactly why she'll always choose to rise above.
I grew up around showbiz and when my parents separated when I was 13, I saw how there were many articles claiming things about the situation that weren't true. I was always taught not to mind it because my family knew the truth and we had nothing but love and trust for each other. That's all that mattered. That's why, I always knew not to believe everything I read, or heard, especially the hurtful things people would say about other people. So I kept saying to mom, I think I would be able to handle it if ever it happened to me. The thing is, it happens to everyone - no matter what your job is or how old you are or where you're from - and it can still sting. Of course, when you're on the receiving end of hurtful words, the first thing you want is to explain yourself when people call you names or label you or talk as if they know you and your situation so well when they have no idea and they've never even met you. It can get overwhelming, but I've realized it doesn't and shouldn't matter. What matters is that you're surrounded by people who love you and know who you really are. And that's enough ¤ï¸ #CaptureTheRealYou #OPPOF7
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