TV5 Kapatid apologized for Willing Willie episode
The statement reads, “We wish to stress that there was never any intention to humiliate or abuse Jan-Jan or any contestant on the show.
“‘Willing Willie’ is a program that was conceptualized to bring joy and hope and shine the spotlight on ordinary Filipinos. The program aims to provide a venue for everyone to show their talents, tell their stories and make their dreams come true. This is the thrust of everyone involved in the program, particularly its host, Willie Revillame.”
Like what Willie said during the March 28 episode of the show, the statement further explained that Jan-Jan has been joining mall and school contests and that he cried because of the presence of Balingit. It added that Jan-Jan “appeared to be sad or even in tears, not because he was being forced to dance, but because he felt the dance was ‘serious’ and he was playing a role.”
“Again, TV5 and Wil Productions express profound regret for any insensitivity on their part, and wish to thank all those who have expressed concern. We are always grateful to be reminded of our obligations to the viewing public. In turn, we hope to make clear that the objective of the show has always been to bring joy and hope to Filipinos, whether they are participating on the show or viewing at home,” the statement ends.
The apology issued by TV5 Kapatid TV network after the Willing Willie episode video went viral and have received tremendous critics both from netizens and celebrities.
Here are some of the reactions against to the said episode of Willing Willie
‘iamsuperbianca (Bianca Gonzalez): sad to hear about this youtube clip circulating. this bullying has gone too far.”
”gangbadoy (Gang T. Badoy): I’ve heard a lot of stories abt Willie Revillame, many say he is kind & generous, some say he isn’t. All I know is oncam he bullied a kid; I wonder if TV5 is proud of this clip? TV5, your biggest star picks on a kid. Think about it; I hope MVP sees that video clip of Willie bullying the kid and not ignore nor shrug it off, maski privately reprimand man lang.”
”momblogger (Noem Lardizabal-Dado): I think What Willie Revillame did to this 6 year old kid may be in violation of R.A. 7610 Section 3 (b) ”Child abuse””
”jimparedes (Jim Paredes): i was disgusted by it. It is child abuse and degrading.”
”KatDeCastro (Kat De Castro): Basta all I can is: kids/minors should never be humiliated on TV. There should be a law on this. Protect the rights of the child.”
How do you find the video above? Do you really find it offensive?