After admitting it was offensive, local rapper releases 'transphobic' song anyway


Posted at Jan 18 2020 04:03 AM | Updated as of Jan 18 2020 06:58 PM

Young Vito has been criticized for releasing a song he has already apologized before for its offensive lyrics. Instagram

MANILA (UPDATED) -- People online are irate with newbie rapper Young Vito (real name Erich Gabriel Bongon) for releasing his transphobic song on Spotify, a month after apologizing for its lyrics. 

It was around early December last year when he was forced to take down the video for his song, "Awit." He claimed back then that he had "found out how much [his] words can personally affect other people."

Young Vito's apology turns out to be an insincere one considering how he released his song anyway.

But Young Vito this week went ahead and officially released a barely edited version of the song anyway, this time under Viva Records. 

In his track, Young Vito mockingly sings about his experience of meeting a beautiful lady who turns out to be a trans woman. 

"Ang ganda niya pero parang may mali. Noong dumikit mayroon akong napansin /napakalupit/ awit may lawit," he sings. 

The song was made available on YouTube and Spotify on Thursday, both under Viva Records. 

The YouTube lyric video and Spotify record has since been taken down. 

Young Vito promoted his song heavily on his Twitter despite only getting negative comments. 

Young Vito has received nothing but negative comments as he promotes his song 'Awit' on Twitter, many criticizing his transphobic lyrics.

Viva Records has yet to release a statement over the criticisms of the song's release, nor its decision to take it down. 

Among those who called out the original song was actress Jasmine Curtis-Smith, who described it as "BS" and told Young Vito: "Ikaw ata may mali."