"Now, at 25 years of age, single father of a 3 year old girl and singer of many ill-fated karaoke songs, Rafa has achieved enough to fill two paragraphs with words."
THE REACTION. At any rate, nabulabog nga ang Twitter at Facebook accounts ng theater and showbiz insiders dahil sa "mayabang" daw na pahayag na ito ni Rafa.
Kahapon ng tanghali, June 28, kakaputok pa lang ng issue sa Internet, kumalat ang balitang ayaw raw magbigay ng kanyang apology ni Rafa—kahit marami ang na-offend sa kanyang pahayag on national TV—dahil ayon sa filmmaker, he was "taken out of context."
Dito lalong lumagablab ang galit at sentimiyento ng marami sa showbiz.
Post ni Direk Mark Reyes (veteran film and TV director) sa kanyang Facebook account:
"First of all, to be called 'director' or 'direk' in the local industry is a term of respect and privilege. It is given to you by your peers.
"It is not a title that one gets like a doctor or an engineer after finishing a degree course. It irks me to hear such hap hazard comments like these from new 'directors.'
"In my 20 plus years in television and after several feature films under my name.... I VALUE, HONOR, AND RESPECT ALL ACTORS, CREW and PRODUCTION PEOPLE.
"No one deserves such derogatory remarks... within or out of context!"
Maging ang US-based nang former actress na si Giselle Tongi, hindi napiligang mag-react sa mahabang thread na yun sa Facebook:
"I think that he was trying to make a point that artistas have high demands. He just went way too overboard. Pero what do you expect? Bagets pa kase and this is his first film. Tsk tsk tsk.
"Sayang, but maybe he was trying to be controversial, noh?
"Oh I agree he is way out of line. I am not justifying his actions. I am trying to give reasons why he could be so stupid enough to say these things. Gets?"
Kabilang din sa iba pang vocal sa kanilang mga komento sa Facebook ay ang mga magagaling na theater actors tulad nina Pen Medina, Ricci Chan, at Kalila Aguilos.
Sina Medina at Chan, diretsahang pino-post na i-boycott ang short film ni Santos.