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Will public support Russu if he pursues showbiz?

Will public support Russu if he pursues showbiz?

STAR CIRCUIT - Ricky Calderon (The Freeman) - January 6, 2021 - 12:00am

Is Pinoy Big Brother’s Kuya magnanimous in forgiving a housemate who erred and realized his mistake? Or is Kuya too kind-hearted to a fault, as some diehard Kapamilyas are pointing out online?

For weeks, social media has been abuzz about “PBB Connect” housemate Russu for tweeting the controversial #Yes2ABSCBNShutdown last April when ABS-CBN’s expiring franchise was a hot topic.

We all know that the reality show’s followers online are so active in supporting their favorite housemates and follow the show that is streamed on the Kumu app daily.

It did not come as a surprise that netizens would discover Russu’s past tweet as they dig into the personal lives of housemates to get to know them more.

Many Kapamilya fans were disappointed, if not enraged, that Russu had the audacity to audition for a show produced by a TV network that he wished ill.

In PBB’s episode last Saturday, Russu confided to some of his housemates that he once got carried away by the negative posts against ABS-CBN and supported the #Yes2ABSCBNShutdown but now regrets it after realizing how the shutdown had hurt people he personally knows.

“Nag-sorry ako sa kaibigan ko. Sa buong pamilya namin, ako lang yung taong naka-agree sa pag-shutdown. Buong pamilya ko kasi, no talaga sila,” he shared.

According to Russu, he wanted to own up to his mistake early on the show but did not have to courage to do so.  He later spoke to Kuya and apologized.

“Noong hindi ko pa po alam ang backstory, napabilang po ako sa mga emosyon sa mga nakikita ko sa netizens na galit na galit po sila Kuya. Noong nakita ko po yung nararamdaman o na-feel ko po yung mga nagtratrabaho sa ABS-CBN, na-realize ko na mali na makisabay sa mga sinasabi ng iba,” Russu said.

“Maraming nagsasabi sa akin na noong panahong iyon halos sumama ka sa mga nagpapasara, bakit ngayon nag-au-audition ka sa Pinoy Big Brother? Sinabi ko po sa kanila nang harap-harapan Kuya na iyong mga panahon na iyon ay di ko pa na-realize or nalaman ang totoong sitwasyon,” he shared.

“Alam ko po, Kuya, na nasaktan ko kayo dahil minsan po isa rin ako sa mga sumang-ayon sa pagpapasara sa inyong tahanan ng mga panahon na di ko alam ang mga totoong pangyayari sa mga nakikita ko. I’m sorry Kuya kung nasaktan ko po kayo o pamilya ng ABS-CBN,” he continued.

Kuya accepted Russu’s apology and welcomed him to the family.  He said, “Nakakabitaw tayo ng mga salita. Nanghuhusga tayo base sa mga hindi kumpletong impormasyon. Madali tayong maimpluwenyahan o madala sa opinyon ng iba kaya naman hindi rin naging tama ito.  Alam ko na iba’t-ibang tao ay may kanya-kanyang opinyon, pero ang magnais ng kapahamakan sa iba, ito ay hindi katanggap-tanggap.”

“Hindi dapat nagiging basehan ang ating nakaraan sa paghusga ng pagkatao. At sa pag-ako ng pagkakamali natin, iwan natin ang mga pagkakamaling ito. Tinatanggap ko ang pagpapakumbaba mo. Kahit ganon pa man ang nangyari, naging bahagi ka na ng pamilyang ito. Alam ko rin na hindi rin ito naging madali sa iyo,” he added.

Aside from Russu, fellow housemate Crismar admitted that in his mind, he once briefly supported the call for shutdown, although he did not verbalize it publicly or post it on social media.

“Hindi ko man na-share o na-post, noong una nag-agree ako.  I agreed to the shutdown, and I am ashamed of it, Kuya.  I’m sorry talaga, Kuya,” he said.

There are many lessons that we can learn from Russu and Crismar.  Social media has become part of people’s daily lives. They can be helpful, but they can also be divisive. They can inform, but they can mislead.

We felt the sincerity of Russu and Crismar in asking for forgiveness.  We also felt the hurt and pain of Kuya as he narrated his family's ordeal, but he truly has a big heart.

Russu and Crismar’s beliefs did not affect their chances of being housemates, which proof that Kuya has been fair.  Personal beliefs and preferences did not matter.

Fate must have brought them all together. Sunday night’s episode was heartwarming. Russu, who was evicted, and his brother again made a public apology and even to Robi Domingo.

Robi told viewers that Russu “is not a villain” and that he is just a victim of a “broken system.”  Now, it is up to the public to decide whether or not to support Russu should he pursue a showbiz career.

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