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Joey de Leon slammed for depression remark; Maine praised for taking a stand

Eat Bulaga host Joey De Leon earned criticisms after saying depression is just all in the mind. File photo

MANILA, Philippines — Another host of noontime show Eat Bulaga was placed in hot water after a depression remark deemed by netizens and mental health advocates as “ignorant” and “insensitive.”

In its “Juan for All, All for Juan segment,” a contestant named Maria Cristina claimed that her mother is suffering from depression according to their doctor.

Asked what triggered the depression, Maria Cristina explained that they were not informed but the doctor mentioned her mother was also aging and becoming forgetful.

Eat Bulaga host Joey de Leon then butted in saying depression is just all in the mind.



“‘Yung depression gawa-gawa lang ng mga tao yan. Gawa nila sa sarili nila (Depression is just made up by people),” De Leon said.

Maine urged support for depressed people

Maine Mendoza, on the other hand, said depression should be taken seriously. She was seconded by love team and rumored boyfriend Alden Richards.

“Hindi biro yun ha, yung depression (Depression is not a joke),” Mendoza said, as De Leon questioned her.

Mendoza explained that several people experience depression.

“Kaya dapat kapag merong nakakaranas ng ganun bigyan natin ng suporta (And so, if somebody is undergoing depression let’s give them support),” the actress-host added.

However, despite Mendoza standing up against treating depression as a joke, De Leon maintained that the condition is just made up.

“Huwag ninyong suportahan. Gawa-gawa lang nila yun pabayaan niyo (Don’t support depressed people. They just made up the condition. Leave them alone.),” De Leon said.

“Nagpapasosyal lang. Pag mayaman depressed, pag mahirap wala wala ka ng pag-asa sa buhay. Ganun ‘yun e (They’re just putting on airs. If you're rich, you're depressed. If you're poor, you just lost hope. That’s the way it is),” the veteran host-comedian added.

Joey de Leon draws flak

The remarks of De Leon quickly went viral online and became the top trending topic in the Philippines on Twitter. As of posting, more than 13,000 tweets were on the site.

Netizens were disgusted and bothered by De Leon’s statement while others praised Mendoza for speaking up. Some said they were disappointed as De Leon is known as a  “Henyo Master.”

Mental health Facebook-based support group, Anxiety and Depression Support Philippines criticized De Leon and questioned whether the host should be believed rather than psychiatrists and experts.

The group also schooled De Leon saying depression could happen to anyone whether they are rich or poor.

“Nagpapasosyal? Siguro merong taong ganyan pero hindi lahat. Nagpapasosyal? Maraming paraan magpasosyal kesa sa magkasakit, (Putting on airs? There may be people like that but not all. There are a lot of ways to do that than to get sick),” the group said in a Facebook post.

“We all have opinions, and that's okay, but when you are a public figure, you are an automatic public influencer, you can either do good or harm so please be careful most especially when talking about a serious matter,” it added.

The support group also thanked Mendoza for her “obvious support.”

Below appears the tweets pertaining to De Leon’s “insensitive” remark.


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