Bagani, ABS-CBN’s new ‘fantaserye’ has earned some positive and negative feedback from the online world based on the show’s teaser. Bagani tells a story of two young tribal warriors, who loved each other but had to fight in order to defend one’s tribe.
The concept is really nice, but overall, does it really speak about what it is supposed to say?
Many viewers aren’t buying it. On social media, many Filipinos reacted about why the show chose mestizo actors to portray a story of the natives.
Miguel from Twitter compares Bagani to the movie Black Panther, which honored authentic black people to play as African natives. The Filipino show, however, is clearly faking their tans to look more Filipino.
The tweet has been retweeted more than 6,000 times.
Since the post has circulated, more and more netizens took to social media their concern about the entertainment industry for raising a wrong standard about beauty. Is brown, not beautiful?
Paolo Cruz, another netizen took notice of the same thing before the post above went viral. Read his whole experience here:
In the post, Paolo mentioned they kind of questioned Liza and Enrique’s authenticity as Filipinos because of their mestizo beauty: “Hindi sila pinoy”. But they only meant it to make a point that they make not look Filipino enough to lead the show.
The post reached Liza Soberano and answered the circulating issue. Her reply was not expected. It was very nice of her to make time to respond, however, her answer was 100% cringy.
By “hindi sila pinoy”, they meant that the leads were not Filipino-looking enough to portray Filipino natives. Her answer was far from the whole point. “I looooove sinigang I think that’s as pinoy as pinoy can get”.
Of course, their fans are to the rescue as usual, but the fight isn’t against the actors. It is against the mentality that whites can be whoever they want to become, and the rest can’t even be themselves?
To close it off, here is a meme based on Liza’s defense.