Trying to maintain relevance amid the pandemic is a tricky thing for most artists and MYMP learned this the hard way, recently.
Doing what most of their ilk have been doing, the band took to social media to stream a recent performance.
Probably trying to be clever, guitarist/leader Chin Alcantara, decided it would be cool for him to dress up ala Jimi Hendrix.
Well, it’s Halloween season after all.
He took it further than most though, putting on blackface makeup.
None too soon, the comment section was flooded with critical reaction.
Some fans accused him of alleged “insensitivity.”
Others maintained his action amounted to “cultural appropriation.”
There are those who said he should have educated himself on such matters.
Alcantara could have simply apologized but he dug himself deeper into a hole, clapping back at critics.
“‘Yung mga nagsasabing ‘educate yourself,’ ‘black lives matter,’ kalokohan yun,” he said.
“Kasi sini-single out ninyo lang e. Of course, ‘yung lives din natin (nagma-matter). Wala naman kasi dapat kulay. All lives matter.”
Some were quick to accept his stand, but many others were not as convinced.
One fan was succinct: “Hindi costume ang skin color!”
Obviously hurt by the criticism, in a YouTube post, Alcantara tried to explain himself again.
“Hindi ibig sabihin nang make -up na itim sa mukha ko na hindi ko pinapatotohanan ang centuries na pang-aapi at pang-aabuso sa mga Blacks, sa mga African-Americans…ang ibig sabihin nito, Halloween diba? Sa tingin niyo ba kung hindi ko kinulayan ng black na make up ang mukha ko, makukuha niyo kaya ang custome ko? Hindi di ba? Kasi hindi ko ginaya pati yung color niya (Hendrix).”
“Yung overly sensitive…maniwala kayo sa gusto niyong paniwalaan (pero) ang ‘black lives matter’ ay isang propaganda. Ibig sabihin niyan ginagamit ang katotohanan na may pangaapi sa mga African-Americans para sa political interest ng isang party. Iisa lang ang race natin, ang human race.”
He added, “Don’t believe everything you hear or read. Not everything is as it seems. Don’t be swayed by what is popular opinion and cool.”