Film director and screenwriter Darryl Yap took to his official Facebook account last Monday, May 25 to voice his sentiments about the bashings he has been receiving.
The blockbuster director of Jowable began by recalling how malicious allegations against him all started when his short films and his name became popular in the social media world, which in turn became his passport into the mainstream film industry.
“Simula po noong naging matunog ang aking pangalan sa social media, lalo na noong makapasok ako sa industriya ng pagpe-pelikula, samu’t saring mga batikos at pang-aalipusta ang aking dinaranas,” he said.
Yap, known for his irreverent style, also added that there were comments that hurt him emotionally. However, he chose not to comment back since the scrutiny was about his work.
“Madalas tungkol sa aking mga LIKHA, na aking tinatayuan at pinanindigan dahil ito ang aking BRAND, ito ang aking paraan at atake sa pagtalakay ng mga isyu gamit ang aking hamak na kaalaman,” he added.
“’Yong iba, I checked, legit accounts, pero I really don’t feel offended,” he says of his bashers. “Kasi before they could offend me, I have to value their opinions first.”
Yet, nowadays, the continuous accusations against him and the slander of his name—with some specifically naming him as a pedophile—have started to alarm Yap, saying how the bashers have made stories without any basis.
“Mula sa pag-screenshot ng mga tweets ko mula sa iba’t-ibang thread at dates, na binigyan nila ng malalaswang pakahulugan, hanggang sa pag-e-edit na mismo ng mga tweets na hindi naman galing sa akin hanggang sa pagsasabi na AKO RAW AY UMAMIN NA ISA AKONG PEDOPHILE AT PROUD PA AKO RITO --ngayon, ikinokonekta na sa mga article na wala akong kinalaman,” he said. “LAHAT PARA AKO AY MAPABAGSAK.”
“kung bakit? May kanya-kanyang rason ang mga hayop,” he added.
Yap then requested his followers to help him collect evidence of those who continue to bash him. He firmly stands that he will file legal action to the people who spread malicious allegations against him.
“Tulungan n’yo po akong matukoy ang mga tulad nitong nagkakalat ng lubhang nakakapaminsalang paninirang ito,” the director spoke of the screenshot of a basher accompanying his caption. “Mangyari po lamang, isend nyo po ang screenshots ng mga post at profile ng mga ito sa firstname.lastname@example.org upang maisama sa legal na aksyon na aming gagawin.”
He adds that the bashers need to pay for what they have done, saying that they have committed an “elaborate cybercrime, a personal attack.”
“Hindi po narerealize ng mga mangmang na ito na sa kanilang walang habas na pagkokonek sa akin, sa salitang ‘pedophile’ ay hindi lamang nakakasira ng aking pangalan, kundi nakakakapagpalala sa sitwasyon ukol sa ganitong malaswang gawain dahil una, HINDI TOTOO AT pangalawa ay GAWA-GAWA ng mga walang magawa para mapigilan ako sa paggawa ng aking mga likha,” he went on saying.
The pedophile story about him started in 2018 when screenshots of his tweets stating he was arrested for condoning a minor circulated around social media.
Netizens have also began an outcry on Twitter to boycott Yap’s newest project, his online Boys Love (BL) series Sakristan because of the aforementioned allegations against him.
The series follows an altar server who falls for another guy. In the series’ trailer, it shows how the two boys find company inside a church.
It’s set to premiere on Yap’s VinCentiments YouTube channel on Sunday, May 31.
Recently, Yap also trended on Twitter when his KPL | #AyuDAMN short film was accused of stereotyping single moms, calling them “malandi” on the video starring Loren Mariñas.
Despite that, #AyuDAMN still amassed over 1.2 million views as of press time.
However, the writer-director remains undaunted despite the boycott threats and continued bashing. His daily posts, promising to keep himself healthy so he can produce more work, are his way of chiding his bashers even more.
And while he’s the subject of generous bashings, Yap is confident that the loyal followers of his work will stand by him.
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