MANILA - Vice Ganda has said artists being criticized for lip-syncing on television deserve every right to perform in the wake of Rhap Salazar's comments on the state of the local music industry.
Last week, Salazar expressed his disdain that these artists are the ones being given the opportunity to release albums instead of those he described as "totoong singers."
"I hate seeing artists lip-syncing on TV," wrote Salazar on his Twitter account. "Yung iba nagkaka-album pa."
In an interview on DZMM on Saturday, Vice Ganda explained that these non-singers, who have admitted that they are also surprised that they have shows and recording deals, should not be barred from having concerts or releasing albums.
"Sa pagtupad ng mga pangarap natin, hindi naman natin sinabi sa mga totoong singer na hindi na kayo puwedeng gumawa, kayo na lang. Wala naman kaming ipinagkait, kinuha lang rin natin 'yung karapatan natin," he said.
The "It's Showtime" host, who has released three albums to date, also criticized Salazar's choice of words.
"As much as possible, let's not use the word 'hate.' Puwedeng 'I don't like' or 'I am not in favor' pero please, do not hate people lalo na wala naman silang nilabag na batas. Hindi rin naman nila tinapakan ang karapatang pantao mo," he said.
Vice Ganda even dared the artists Salazar was pertaining to as "totoong singers" to continue making more music. He explained that giving Filipinos the benefit of choice is key in making sure that the OPM industry stays alive.
"Kailangan pagtulung-tulungan nating buhayin ang OPM. Gumawa tayo ng totoo at legit at gumawa rin tayo ng mga kanta na bumebenta," he said. "Ito lang naman ang intensyon ng lahat: makapagpasaya."
Vice Ganda, who has just released his newest single titled "Wag Kang Pabebe," is one of the latest artists to speak up about the issue following "Mr. Pure Energy" Gary Valenciano and Guji Lorenzana. The former came to the defense of Salazar, while the latter also expressed his dismay on "the way the industry here works."
"If you see kung ano ang pinagdadaanan ng mga singers, it's nakakaawa rin kasi marunong kumanta pero hindi napapansin dahil nabibigyan talaga ng priority 'yung the more visually [appealing], yung mga nakikita," Valenciano said.