Toni Gonzaga received criticism after featuring former senator Bongbong Marcos on her YouTube show Toni Talks.
He is the son of former president Ferdinand Marcos, Sr., infamous for declaring Martial Law in the Philippines from 1972 to 1981.
Bongbong, on the other hand, became a vice-presidential candidate in the 2016 elections.
He became known for filing electoral protests against the victory of Vice President Leni Robredo.
However, the Supreme Court unanimously dismissed his appeals.
The vlog, which talked of Bongbong’s learnings from his father, became a trending Twitter topic on Tuesday, September 14.
One netizen grew irate to the Kapamilya star for giving someone like Bongbong a platform to take back their power.
Another Twitter user asked why Toni would romanticize Bongbong’s father, who they said was a dictator.
One user berated Toni for telling her viewers that Bongbong “needs no introduction.”
They created their own introduction, reminding people of his numerous electoral protests during the pandemic.
Another netizen said the vlog was not about giving Bongbong another platform.
They said it was Toni “actively participating in historical revisionism” after Bongbong talked positively of his father.
One user got angry after Bongbong quoted the Taylor Swift song “Shake It Off,” specifically the lyrics “Haters gonna hate.”
CAN PROBLEMATIC STATE FORCES/POLITICIANS NOT USE TAYLOR AS PART OF THEIR PROPAGANDA?? PLS KEEP TAYLOR OUT OF YOUR MOUTHS. I AM DEEPLY OFFENDED.”
As of writing, Toni’s vlog featuring Bongbong has over 730,000 views on YouTube.
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