MANILA – Broadway star Lea Salonga gave some advice to Senator Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian, who recently had a Twitter meltdown after being criticized by netizens.
“Oh dear. If you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen,” Salonga wrote in a Twitter post early this week. “Being a public figure means having to deal with haters and bashers from time to time, whether in person or on social media. Keeping the eyes on what’s important is what keeps one person sane through the craziness.”
Citing her own experience with bashers, Salonga continued: “The stuff I’ve been called on social media through the years is enough to drive one crazy, but it hasn’t. I won’t let the haters and bashers win. Besides, there are more good people out there than not.”
“Let this be a reminder to celebs, politicos, etc. on social media, only one degree of separation from everyone else. You’re fair game the moment you open an account, and it can really test your patience and resolve.”
The coach of “The Voice of the Philippines” also reminded Gatchalian as well as other social media users to be “fully mindful of the impact our words have on one another.”
“Let’s keep all discourses respectful, even when our opinions are contrary to someone else’s,” she ended.
On Thursday, Gatchalian said he will not apologize for using profanities in his recent Twitter posts, explaining that trolls pushed him to the limit.
“These are paid individuals, robots that are designed to destroy you and bring out the worst in you. So why will I apologize [to] these people?” he said in an interview on ANC’s “Headstart.’
“I will not issue an apology.”