Filipino-American global internet sensation and beauty guru, Bretman Rock, just threw shade at the Philippine showbiz industry and we are shook!
It all started from a comment from a Filipino fan on Bretman’s latest Instagram photo set where he flaunted his chic outfit to his over 15.2 Million followers. “You should audition for [Pinoy Big Brother] HAHAHA everyone will love [you],” the comment read, referring to a popular local reality television show.
Bretman’s candid response to that, however, caught everyone off-guard. “Girl don’t even get me started on how Philippine showbiz treated me when I went home,” he said.
Fans started speculating the reason behind his apparent discontent and it seems that one theory had been confirmed when it received a “like” from Bretman. “I think @bretmanrock is referring to her It’s Showtime tv guesting. Go watch it on [YouTube],” one netizen guessed. Soon after, the netizen commented again: “omg @bretmanrock liked my reply, so it really is the It’s Showtime guesting!”
So what happened?
It was in 2016 when Bretman flew back home to the Philippines and signed on to become a Kapamilya talent (under ABS-CBN’s YouTube-certified multi-channel network, Chicken Pork Adobo, now known as Adober Studios) after gaining popularity online for his funny videos and makeup tutorials.
At the time he was here, he guested on popular noontime variety show It’s Showtime where he played in one of the program’s segments called “Traba-Hula.”
For the first five minutes, hosts Billy Crawford, Jhong Hilario, Vhong Navarro, and Joey Marquez interviewed and made jokes around Bretman, asking questions about his family, his career, and his Filipino roots. They then proceeded to play “Traba-Hula” where Bretman had to guess which one of the four muscular “madlang workers” is the true gym instructor by analyzing their physical traits, skills, and knowledge about the occupation.
Some fans pointed out how uncomfortable the segment made them feel knowing that Bretman had been a minor then. Others also claimed that some of the host’s jokes did not sit well with them.
Meanwhile, others allege that Bretman might have been alluding to how he may not have been treated fairly as a young up-and-coming celebrity behind-the-scenes, especially when a few celebrities have opened up in the past about experiencing such prejudice.
Bretman has yet to vocally confirm or deny these claims. Knowing him, though, he probably won’t feel the need to. One thing’s for sure, nothing can ever bring Da Baddest queen down.
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