Sat. Nov 27th, 2021

People coming across *that* video for the first time might believe it’s real footage of a mom scolding her daughter for spending too much time fangirling. But it’s not. It’s actually a new VinCentiments video, one that has, once again, become controversial for many reasons. And it’s the fact that it’s scripted that has the Internet (or stan Twitter) calling out the folks behind VinCentiments. Portraying K-pop fans and collectors as obsessive and irresponsible doesn’t sit well with everyone and neither does horrible parenting. Here’s what’s going on.

 

“Nanay na galit sa K-pop”

@b3tl0g_nibright Asawa daw Sila ni RM😭🔪, mag module ka muna beh 😗 #foryoupage ♬ original sound – P’pino – P’betl0g

Over the weekend, VinCentiments uploaded their latest short film entitled BTS_Wasak.mp4. The video ran for almost four minutes and was shot as if a sibling was secretly filming while a mom scolds her daughter for not washing the dishes. The mom goes on a half-screaming rant (a VinCentiments signature script) about how the daughter is too addicted to watching her favorites that she can’t even spare time to do her chores. And in true VinCentiments fashion, everything went overboard pretty quickly. The mom started tearing apart BTS’ BE album, throwing the contents on the ground while taunting and cursing her crying daughter. And for the grand finale, she takes the official BTS lightstick — an ARMY bomb — and breaks it over the table.

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Clout chaser?

Almost immediately, the Internet wrinkled its virtual nose in disgust. The video, which now has 2.3 million views and counting on Facebook, was spread far and wide — Twitter, Tiktok — and the general consensus is that VinCentiments is “using K-pop and collecting for clout.” Obviously, VinCentiments didn’t take the accusation well.

In a now-deleted Facebook post immortalized through screenshots, they defended themselves against the angry fandom. “Anong clout chaser? Ang virality rate namin 1M views in 3 hours (Who are you calling clout chasers? Our virality rate is 1M views in 3 hours),” said the status.

This is not the first time a VinCentiments film has landed them in hot water. In 2020, they released their 10-minute short film “Online Class” which earned them flak for antagonizing and disrespecting teachers. Most of their short films feature one actor going on a monologue-slash-rant that involves a lot of screaming and cursing in the script. VinCentiments director Darryl Yap has been under fire many times for his controversial films like Gluta (featuring Ella Cruz in blackface), Tililing, and Sakristan. 

 

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Darryl Yap addresses the fans

The short film was gaining so much negative attention that Yap had to speak up. In yet another deleted Facebook post, he started off by saying he “admires BTS fans who opted to comment about mental health” and that “we are entitled to react to how we feel.” Yap then says that how fans choose to react to the video is “the revelation of who we are, not just as fans, but as human beings.” Short of saying if you find the video offensive, and you react by calling out the people behind it, that’s a you problem. He ended his post encouraging fans to be “inspirational, mature, and non-toxic” so their idols will be proud of them.

 

But were the fans being toxic?

Right off the bat, the short story seemed an unfair portrayal of what it means to be a fan of the biggest act in the world. ARMY, BTS fans, obviously weren’t too pleased with (1) how collectors and stans are portrayed and (2) how the filmmakers trashed official (and expensive) BTS merch to prove a point. The short film belittled fans and painted them to be blind followers of their favorite K-pop acts. The line “Asawa ko yan!” while the mom held the photocard was cringe, for sure, but not all fans behave like that.

Was ARMY wrong for rallying on Twitter and saying VinCentiments “disrespected the artist and the fans for content”? Is it toxic to react to a video that basically pegged all collectors and K-pop fans as irresponsible people and gave everyone else free rein to insult them in the comments section?

 

ARMY express dismay on Twitter

Stan Twitter was abuzz over the short film, drawing the ire of the fandom. Almost as if that was the point in the first place — ruffle up some feathers and get the views. Filipino ARMYs obviously weren’t impressed. “This VinCentiments video is not even spreading awareness nor teaching children to ‘Listen to their parents,’” said one tweet. “It’s just promoting toxic parenting and dehumanizing children that [like ]Kpop or has a certain hobby that not everyone understands.”

 

Portrayed: Wrong parenting

If the fans were disrespected, Filipino parents were too. The most disturbing thing about the whole short film is how the mom reacted to her child’s refusal to do a chore. PSA for parents: Screaming and destroying something your child values is not the way to discipline them or establish a better relationship. In fact, it’s the quickest way to make sure you plant seeds of anger in their heart. Even Kuya Kim Atienza weighed in: “This mother needs anger management. The poor daughter will end up with anxiety or depression. Kawawa naman (poor girl). This is not the way to discipline our children.”

 

Verdict: Both parties are wrong and we have a lot to learn

The truth is, no one was right here, not the mother, not the daughter, not the annoying brother, not even the filmmakers who decided the concept was cool. Why? All parties lacked respect for each other.

The mother, for instance, wanted the daughter to respect her by finishing modules and doing chores, something a dutiful child should be doing. But seeing the daughter spend thousands for merch and miss school and her responsibilities was definitely something to get angry about (not to that degree though). On the other hand, the daughter who likely found joy in her love for BTS should’ve known where to draw the line and come back to the real world. A.k.a. the same world where she needs to finish school and help around the house.

What could they have done? The mother could’ve extended her sympathy and understood that in the middle of a pandemic, finding something that makes you actually happy is a good thing. Her daughter should’ve remembered that being a fan doesn’t mean you drop everything and binge videos all day.

 

What does it mean to be a fan?

This issue isn’t new. BTS themselves have a track entitled “Pied Piper” that touches on this exact issue about how their fans might be spending too much time indulging in the band. In the song, just like the tale of Pied Piper, BTS blows the metaphorical flute that lures rats (negativities in life) away. But if fans aren’t too aware, they might be like the children in the story who were eventually entranced by the magic flute and started following the piper too. If fans aren’t too careful with how they spend their time, they might find that they’re missing chores, their studies, and work — things that are important in real life.

BTS has always encouraged their fans to finish their studies, do well at exams, and even cheered them through a tiring workday. It’s up to the fans to draw the line and live their life the way their idols would want them to.

 

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