Celebrities took to social media to express their dismay over a lawmaker’s proposition to ban K-Dramas.
Parokya Ni Edgar frontman Chito Miranda, for one, said targeting foreign shows and acts won’t solve the problem of the lack of support of Filipinos for local shows and artists.
“Targeting foreign shows or acts is not the solution for the lack of support towards local shows and artists,” he said.
On what the solution to the problem is, Chito said: “Coming up with better shows and songs is.”
He also encouraged artists to do their part by doing better at what they do to be on par with what foreign acts can offer.
“As artists, kelangan lang natin galingan mas lalo para sabay tayo sa foreign act,” he said.
For Chito, support is earned and not given. “‘Earn’ the support. Di pwedeng sapilitan,” he said.
Targeting foreign shows or acts is not the solution for the lack of support towards local shows and artists.— Chito Miranda (@chitomirandajr) October 19, 2022
Coming up with better shows and songs, is.
As artists, kelangan lang natin galingan mas lalo para sabay tayo sa foreign acts.
"Earn" the support. Di pwedeng sapilitan.
Meanwhile, Pokwang also gave her two cents on the issue.
Pokwang argued that while the intention is great, banning K-Dramas is not the solution. More support from the government would be a better proposition.
“Maganda naman po ang inyong hangarin senador na mabigyan kaming mga local artists ng trabaho, salamat po,” she said.
“Pero imbes na i-ban ang mga koreanobela gayahin natin sila na suportado ng gobyerno ang bawat proyekto nila at ang buong industriya nila #kungpwedelangnaman,” she added.
maganda naman po ang inyong hangarin senador na mabigyan kming mga local artists ng trabaho,salamat po…pero imbes na i ban ang mga koreanobela gayahin natin sila na suportado ng gobyerno ang bawat proyekto nila at ang buong industriya nila 🙏🏼 #kungpwedelangnaman— marietta subong (@pokwang27) October 19, 2022
The responses came after Senator Jinggoy Estrada made a statement which has drawn flak from netizens.
“Kapag patuloy tayo nagpapalabas ng Korean telenovela, ang hinahangaan ng ating mga kababayan ay itong mga Koreano at nawawalan ng trabaho at kita ‘yung artistang Pilipino... Kaya minsan, pumapasok sa aking isipan na i-ban itong mga telenovela ng mga foreigner,” he said.
He clarified his statement a day after, saying it came from a place of frustration. He also said he wished more Filipinos would show the same support for Filipino shows and films.
"South Korea’s phenomenal success is rooted in their love of country. It is high time that we follow their example and do the same for our own entertainment industry that is at best, barely surviving," he said.