"Bakla o Supot? Lalake pero nambubully ng babae?" —Mocha Girls

While some found humor in it, there were others who defended Uson, including her own sexy girls’ group, Mocha Girls.

In a now-deleted post, the group accused Dee of “bullying” their leader with the statement, “Ano ang tawag mo sa lalaking nangbubully ng babae? BAKLA o SUPOT (What do you call a man who bullies women? Gay or uncircumcised)?”

They said that even after Uson issued an apology, “ang mga bashers binully pa rin siya kasama na diyan si Enchong. Kaya yan po ang tanong namin (bashers continue to bully her including Enchong, which is why we pose that question).”

Netizens slammed the use of hate speech, with one observing that the language was “like grade 5 kids ranting.”

“2018 na pero ginagamit parin nating derogatory term yung ‘bakla’ (It’s 2018 and “gay” is still used as a derogatory term),” a Twitter user rued.

“Another step backwards for this country courtesy of the Mocha Girls.”

Being labeled as “supot” was also decried as part of the culture of toxic masculinity. In the Philippines, circumcision is a rite of passage to manhood.

Perhaps the Mocha Girls were taking a page from President Rodrigo Duterte, who has said homophobic slurs against opponents such as US ambassador Philip Goldberg and Commission on Human Rights head Chito Gascon.

Another netizen noted, “If their archetype of MAN is murderous, misogynistic, and predatory; gags about rape, objectifies women, and brims w/ bigotry…then being gay is a total upgrade.”

Musician Jim Paredes wondered, “What’s wrong with being gay?”

“I know there’s something wrong with being murderers and being corrupt politicians,” he said.

Source: Inquirer


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