Pro-government netizens have been cyberbullying actress Kim Chiu since her viral “Bawal lumabas” (“Don’t go out”) video trended last week. Yet in a somewhat surprising turn of events, the actress decided to fight back yesterday by releasing a music video on her YouTube channel that remixed her confusing yet cute take on the ABS-CBN shutdown.
Based on the song written by DJ Squammy, Bawal Lumabas (the song) shows off Chiu chilling at home and helping the less fortunate. These images were also interspersed with videos of TikTok users dancing to the beat.
Before showing the video, Chiu admitted that the cyberbullying that she’s received affected her emotionally.
“I’m not going to lie to everyone. I was really down the past few days. As in super down, lower than the basement of a parking lot…[But] I choose the option to move forward,” she joked in English and Filipino.
She even expressed her gratitude to her haters for bringing her to what she described as one of the “lowest points” in her life.
“I want to thank you. Thank you so much. Because of you, my name trended [on social media]. Thanks for the attention you have given to me. At least, I made you happy. It’s on social media where we can both be happy and sad,” the actress said.
For those who were unaware of what went down, Chiu became viral for a string of confusing thoughts which she shared in a live-stream hosted by ABS-CBN, where several of the network stars expressed support for the shuttered media company.
Chiu’s unscripted defense of ABS-CBN went, “Inside a classroom, there are rules, [like for example] you can’t go out, oh so you can’t go out. But if they say, if you have complied with not going out, but if you have done something which they forbid, you will fix the law of your classroom and you should submit it, then you can go out.”
Chiu’s remarks were cute, funny, and damn confusing, but instead of giving her the kid-glove treatment, pro-government netizens said a lot of mean things about the former reality TV star. Chiu said she was surprised by how awful people could get.
“I was really sad. Anyone, if you were in my shoes, would feel the weight of the world. I didn’t expect that people would be capable of saying such things. Hurtful words. They’re too much. People were laughing at what I said and honestly, I thought I was funny too, [because] I didn’t understand what I said,” Chiu added.
“But oh well, it’s done. [The] past is [the] past. We are in another chapter and I want to make things [that are] negative into positive. Because there are a lot of sad people now so because of Bawal Lumabas they became happy. If that gives them hope, if that makes them happy, I’m doing a good job,” she said.
It appears like Chiu did a good job– Bawal Lumabas is currently trending on Twitter-verse today. Good job, Kim!