Jasmine Curtis-Smith Calls Out ‘Awit May Lawit’ Rapper for ‘Transphobic’ Lyrics

Actress Jasmine Curtis-Smith didn’t mince words when she called out Filipino rapper Erich Bongon, also known as Young Vito, for a song he recently shared on Twitter.

Jasmine Curtis Smith Young Vito

The song titled “Awit May Lawit” was about a woman that Young Vito met and danced with at a bar who he was surprised to discover was transgender.

May nakilala ako sa bar kagabi / ang ganda niya pero parang may mali / noong dumikit mayroon akong napansin / napakalupit awit may lawit,” the lyrics went.

Jasmine didn’t let this video go unnoticed. “Anong problema mo sa mga magagandang may lawit? Ikaw ata may mali,” she said on Twitter, sharing the post. “Mag 2020 na soon, tigilan na yang pagkakitid ng utak pls.”

(“What’s your problem with beautiful transgender women? It seems you’re the one in the wrong. It’s 2020 soon, let’s stop being close-minded please.”)

One follower replied to Jasmine in defense of Young Vito’s song. “Hindi po kasi lahat pumapatol sa ganun. (Not everyone likes to go for those kinds of people.) Just sayin’.”

Jasmine answered: “‘Patol?‘ What a word choice. Kung hindi mo type ang trans then wag mo pansinin, politely decline and move on. Di naman kailangan gumawa ng song to make them feel like ‘mali’ sila for being who they have chosen to be.”

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(“‘Patol?’ What a word choice. If transpeople aren’t your type, then don’t mind them, politely decline and move on. You don’t have to make a song to make them feel that they’re in the wrong for being who they have chosen to be.”)

Young Vito has since issed a public apology. He later took down the video.

“My recent video drew a lot of attention recently for both the right and wrong reasons,” he said. “I want to apologize to anyone I have offended with my lyrics for the video. At the time, it seemed like a small thing to mention but I have recently found out how much my words can personally affect other people. For this, I am sorry.”

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Did you see the video or hear the song? What are your thoughts on it?

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