Derrick Monsterio was filled with remorse as he realized that it was “wrong, insensitive, and messed up” for him to joke about AIDS or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.
This is in relation to his January 17 Instagram post showing what he thought was a “witty joke” about patients with AIDS staying “positive” in the face of their health condition.
The 22-year-old Kapuso actor said, “Na-realize ko na it’s not a laughing matter. Seryoso talagang nangyayari siya.
“Mali yung ginawa ko talaga. Hindi ako naging sensitive.”
NOT A JOKE. In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last night, January 18, Derrick said that it belatedly dawned on him that joking about AIDS perpetuates unwarranted stigma against patients suffering from it.
“Na-realize ko na mali, kasi kanina lang umaga, may nag-direct message sa akin, mom siya, yung anak niya meron daw, merong sakit.
“Sinasabi niya sa akin na ang insensitive ko raw. Nahe-hurt siya na, parang sa akin, wala lang yun.
“So, sabi ko, ‘A, okay, I messed up.’ Nagkamali ako dun sa ginawa ko."
Derrick admitted that he reposted the AIDS joke without thinking of the gravity of his actions.
“Wala akong kamag-anak o kakilala na dumaan sa ganung sitwasyon.
“Pero nakarinig ako ng story na very personal, dun sa nag-DM sa akin, na-realize ko na insensitive nga yung post ko.
“Hindi ko inisip bago ko pinost.”
Upon posting his joke about AIDS via Instagram story, Derrick related that netizens started calling him out for being way out of line.
The Kapuso actor then deleted his first post and issued via Instagram story an apology for his offensive joke.
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LESSON LEARNED. Is he aware of the furious tweets from netizens who saw his original post about AIDS?
Derrick answered, “Well, ginawa ko ‘yan. I have to face the consequences din talaga.
“Naintindihan ko emotions nila kung bakit sila galit, bakit sila violent over social media.
“Kasi nagkamali ako. Inaamin ko din naman yun.
"Nag-apologize talaga ako sa lahat ng na-hurt ko.”
Derrick reiterated that he certainly learned an important lesson.
“It’s good din para sa akin na nangyari ‘to, kasi hindi ko siya maiintindihan talaga, e, kung hindi nangyari, kung hindi nila pinaintindi sa akin kung gaano kabigat yung issue na ito.
“Na this is a serious matter, hindi ito dapat pinagtatawanan.”