Maris Racal urged people to watch her controversial episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya before judging the ABS-CBN drama anthology program.
To mark Pride Month this June, MMK features the real-life story of Libertine “Tin” Amistoso, the composer of the hit song “Titibo-tibo.”
The song interpreted by Moira Dela Torre won the grand prize at the Himig Handog 2017 songwriting competition.
Maris Racal is cast as Tin in the June 16 episode of MMK.
One common complaint raised by members of the LGBTQ community is that the MMK episode perpetuates the notion that homosexuality is a phase. The trailer shows a tomboyish young woman who acts and looks more feminine as she gets a crush on a boy.
Through her Twitter account, Maris responded to a netizen who rejected the notion that a handsome guy could "convert" someone who is gay.
Sabrina Nicolas @anothersabstory tweeted a message for Maris:
"Girl, nakakainis lang kasi na gagamitin lang bilang catchy line/title ng song ‘yung sexuality na ‘di naman talaga kinatutuwaan ng majority. Tapos sa teaser pa, parang pinapalabas na conversion therapy ang gwapong lalaki. Bakit ganon? Gwapo naman jowa ko pero bisexual pa din ako."
The ABS-CBN actress replied by writing: "Watch the episode and you’ll know. :)"
Sabrina Nicolas @anothersabstory posted a follow up tweet:
"Sana may realization man lang ang character mo dito na fluid ang sexuality. Sana din may ipakitang struggle kahit papaano."
Maris pointed out: "Meron. Kaya Panoorin nalang natin."
Some netizens have come to the defense of Maris and MMK by asking people to be more open-minded.
However, a lot of people slammed the MMK episode for depicting that homosexuality can be "cured" by a member of the opposite sex.
Even the actions of the parents of Maris's character, played by Rochelle Barrameda and Mitoy Yonting, were criticized.
One netizen compared the MMK episode to GMA-7's 2015 series The Rich Man's Daughter.
In this Kapuso show, Rhian Ramos's character is a closet lesbian who falls in love with a woman played by Glaiza de Castro. One of Glaiza's friends is a butch lesbian played by Chynna Ortaleza.
Chynna has a line that goes: "You know men like that feel like they're the answer to women's lesbian tendencies."