Actress and vlogger Rica Peralejo has spoken up about the pitfalls of social media and its toxic world of haters and cancel culture, giving tips on how to avoid the negativity.
“Sharing these to underscore the fact that it is never wise to base our worth and identity on what people say about or to us online. Swipe to see how in one and the same post, people have opposite reactions. It’s actually hilarious,” she said in her Instagram page yesterday, Sept. 21.
Peralejo stressed that the points she is making are “not in defense of people who do wrong and are bashed for it.”
“This is also not to address people who cancel. In fact, my point in the vlog is that people will cancel regardless of what we feel, so let’s focus instead on what we can do when we are cancelled,” she said referring to her new YouTube vlog episode on the subject, released on Sept. 11.
To avoid stress, she feels it is better “to not believe,” although she “did not say not to believe at all.”
“The prereq I call for here is to have a community you can walk with, who will tell you hard truths within the context of love. People change when they are called out in private, by people they look up to and allow to speak into their life,” she said.
But she still does find it useful to listen to contrary opinions, without having to “base your worth on what your praisers, supporters, say online.”
Lastly, she pointed out that only “God has seen your darkest side.”
“Remember that while fanatics can blindly fall in love with you, only God will love you and help change you despite all that hidden and ugly stuff in your life and heart,” she stressed. “Meron tayo lahat nito.” (We all have this.) JB