Sans make up, with wet hair and just wearing red lipstick, Kapuso actress Bianca Umali was “Celebrating #NationalLipstickDay” when she very soon found herself the subject of body shaming.
Umali, with the said look, posted a photo of herself on her Instagram account yesterday, July 25, which was also shared on her Twitter page. Next thing you know, she has become a trending topic on Twitter today, July 26.
She was simply promoting a couple of shades of lipstick and announced a freebie that goes with the purchase. Apparently, Umali’s look generated “hate” instead of “love” as bashers trooped to her Instagram account to express their disgust over her latest photo.
Derogatory comments poured in, such as that of her looking like “nalosyang” (dowdy), looking old and being a Kylie Jenner wannabe lookalike. Her weight was also noticed to have supposedly dropped. One commenter, @iamaiads.s, meanwhile said, “[Dati] fresh na fresh si Bianx. Nung si Ruru na nag alaga biglang pumayat, tumanda, naging liberated at di na fresh. Yun lang naman sakin. Kbye.”
(Bianx used to look fresh. When Ruru started taking care of her, she turned skinny, looked old, became liberated and no longer appeared fresh. That’s just my opinion. Okay, bye.)
Umali’s rumored boyfriend Ruru Madrid (@rurumadrid8 on Instagram), unable to take the bashings anymore, finally came to her defense today.
“I dont know what’s wrong with people right now? Parang ang dami laging opinyon ng mga tao,” the actor said. “Sa totoo lang mas masakit na kung sino pa yung mga kababayan o di kaya mga kalahi natin sila pa yung nag ddown sa atin. Sana wala ng ganun, sana sinusuportahan nalang natin ang isa’t isa.”
(People now seem to have so many opinions. Truth is, it is more painful that our countrymen or our own race are the ones putting us down. I hope there’s nothing like that anymore, I hope that we just support each other.)
Fans agreed with the Kapuso actor and took his side, some even advising him to just ignore how toxic and insecure some Filipinos can be at times. Some fans also pointed out the hypocrisy of some netizens who ask for women empowerment while engaging in body-shaming, as they did to Umali. JB