An example of 'toxic masculinity?' Alodia, Wil explain controversial TikTok video

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Posted at Apr 17 2020 02:26 AM

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MANILA -- The title for their video says it all --"Our response." 

To what? Well, even vloggers Wil Dasovich and Alodia Gosiengfiao are not quite sure about why they are suddenly being called out as the newest perpetuators of "toxic masculinity," and that they deserve to be "cancelled" for showing how men control their girlfriends. 

The online outrage, mainly from Twitter users as the two have pointed out, stem from a TikTok video they posted this past week. It features them making their own version of an ongoing trend on the site of women stripping clothes to the beat of a song. 

Theirs show Gosiengfiao teasing like she's about to strip like the other girls only for a topless Dasovich --flipping people's expectations-- to enter the frame and both of them walk out, with Gosiengfiao shaking her head and Dasovich wagging his finger to say not this time. 

It has more than 2 million views on Twitter alone, but as Dasovich admitted, it went viral "for all the wrong reasons."

"Everything should never be taken out of context," Dasovich insisted, before reading the criticisms she and his girlfriend got from Twitter users who escalated things. "Iyan ang pinakaimportante sa lahat." 

The context, he argued, is that they had planned for it to be parody of the trending TikTok video format aimed at people expecting a girl to strip but showing a topless guy instead. 

Gosiengfiao said people were "overanalyzing" things when they say that their video promotes men controlling how their girlfriends' dress, saying that she was the one who even zipped up her jacket.

Both of them, in their video, did apologize to those offended, but they pleaded for them to understand that their intention for posting it was to entertain people --"the purpose is to make you laugh." 

They added, jokingly: "We're taking this into account and we're probably going to be scared every time we post a video." 

To end, they encouraged people who were offended to explain to them their points, saying that they can agree to disagree but in the end "it’s healthy to see all point of views."