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Do you think it's insensitive for celebrities for flexing or showing off their wealth on social media,like Heart Evangelista,Jinkee Pacquiao and Sharon Cuneta?Sa akin hindi naman siguro masama if they show off their wealth,kasi diba social media naman nila yun?Kaso ngalang delikado rin kasi puwede silang nakawan or holdapin or maraming maiinggit or magiging tingin ng mga tao mayabang sila?What do you think?

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Celebrities flexing wealth on social media: insensitive or not?

by Nikko Tuazon
14 HOURS AGO
Jinkee Pacquiao, Heart Evangelista, and Sharon Cuneta: idolized by followers and defamed by critics. 
 
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The neutral word "flex"—meaning to change something to get better result or physically to bend muscles—has acquired a millennial slang on social media to mean "to show off." 

Flexing is defined as a way of sensationalizing the online presence of people gunning for more attention and followers on social media.

Whether that is in fact the intention of local celebrities who post about their pricey possessions, they are now being called to task by netizens who find unacceptable their "tone-deaf posts" and "insensitive photos" in the time of a pandemic.

The following are samples of reactions to celebrity flexing on social media.

On Thursday, July 9, 2020, Jinkee Pacquiao was called out by actress Agot Isidro for posting on Instagram a photo of her luxe bikes. 

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Jinkee's followers questioned Agot for singling out the wife of the billionaire boxer/senator, Manny Pacquiao, when there are other celebrities brandishing their wealth on social media. 

They mentioned Megastar Sharon Cuneta and GMA-7 actress Heart Evangelista, whose husbands are both politicians. 

Heart, particularly, has been taking a lot of flak over the past four months because of her fancy OOTDs and "new normal" posts on Instagram.

Last June 3, a netizen who tagged Heart as "out of touch privileged" and her posts as "distasteful" urged the actress "to do something relevant and different for people."

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Sharon was "dragged" into the fray for bringing out her Rolex watch on Instagram. 

SHOWING OFF?

Agot's post criticizing Jinkee gained mixed reactions on social media. Some echoed the actress's sentiments.

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Twitter user @teta_limcangco tells off Jinkee: "Others are not as fortunate as you but why rub it in. It's pointless. You are just showing your insecurities by flaunting."

Facebook user JeanHarry Condecido comments that politicians and their families should refrain from flaunting their wealth in accordance with the Republic Act No. 6713, which is an "act establishing a code of conduct and ethical standards for public officials and employees."

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His post reads: "'People are not showing off. They are simply posting. Unless, you are viewing it from a jealous point of view.' Wrong! This doesn't apply if you're in the government. Educate yourself."

Section 4, Paragraph H of R.A. 6713 states: "Public officials and employees and their families shall lead modest lives appropriate to their positions and income. They shall not indulge in extravagant or ostentatious display of wealth in any form."

Another Twitter user with the handle name @helterskelltr cites Article 25 of the Republic Act No. 386, also known as the Civil Code of the Philippines, which states: "Thoughtless extravagance in expenses for pleasure or display during a period of acute public want or emergency may be stopped by order of the courts at the instance of any government or private charitable institution."

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On the other hand, there are tweets showing consideration for Jinkee, Heart, and Sharon.

Twitter user @tinkerbeen writes that Instagram may not be a social networking site for those who "hate people who flaunt things."

Her tweet reads: "If you have it, flaunt it. If you don't have it, flaunt anything. Instagram is for people who have things to flaunt. People who follow Instagram are interested in things that are worth flaunting. If you hate people who flaunt things, don't open Instagram."

Twitter user @_kevinsimon_ reminds people that while these women are married to politicians, these women were already known for their wealth.

Jinkee is the wife of eight-division world boxing champ Pacquiao, who was ranked by Forbes.com as the 92nd highest-paid athlete in 2019.

Manny's net worth after 24 years as a professional boxer is said to be USD190 million or PH9.2 billion, according to bleacherreport.com.

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Heart belongs to a wealthy family, and was an A-list celebrity even before she married Sorsogon Governor Francis "Chiz" Escudero.

Sharon openly says she reached "billionaire" status even before she met and married Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan.

WHEN FLEXING IS NOT BRAGGING

Facebook user Ronaldo Sioco offers a saner view of celebrity flexing.

He explains that these posts actually differ from each other, depending on the person looking at it. 

His post reads (published as is): "Weighing in on this 'insensitive post' of Jinkee, I think people should remember that everything is relative.

"To the average person, a Hermes bike is a flex. To her, it's just something beautiful that she wants to share. Billionaire eh.

"To others, your job is a flex. To you, it's just a job.

"To others, your home entertainment setup is a flex. To you, you're just amazed about how cool it looks. 

"To others, your steaks may be considered as a flex. To you, it's just a delicious meal you want to share to the world.

"To others, having a happy family is a flex. To you, it's a memory to be remembered.

"So where do you draw the line when the line is relative? The answer is you can't.

"I've seen accounts condemning those posting their 'privileges' during a pandemic but at the same time, can't shut up about a coffee machine they're buying. Ano yun parang ewan di ba.

"If you follow a billionaire's social media account, be prepared for expensive things."

Ronaldo also points out that the Pacquiaos have done their share to help Filipinos amid the coronavirus-19 pandemic.

"In any case, the Pacquiaos have probably donated more than all the people criticizing them combined soooo..."

He ended his post with, "Pag inggit, pumikit. Happy happy lang."

For the record, Heart and Sharon have also been extending their help to those in need since Covid-19 started. 

Sharon has donated PHP3 million to Angel Locsin's #UniTENTweStandPH fundraising campaign and has raised PHP2 million for COVID-19 relief efforts.

Heart has been actively helping through her Twitter account, donating food, PPEs, and hundreds of tablets to students to equip them for online learning in the coming school year.

In this discussion about flexing on social media, both sides offer valid points. 

And like it or not, the Internet has become a front-seat for viewing the lifestyles of the rich and famous.

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  • MountainBikerMountainBiker PEx Rookie ⭐
    They're rich and famous. What do you expect? That's why I don't have instagram and I unfollow people who flex their wealth on FaceBook. I don't find inspiration in seeing other people's wealth at all so I'd rather not know what they just bought or something.

    I think people should just stop following them so they won't have any reason to flex their wealth and extravagance anymore.
  • pong_padourpong_padour PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Mga inggit at bitter lang mga naooffend sa mga pinopost ng millionaires and celebrities.
  • art727art727 PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Kung may ipagyayabang ka ipakita mo para di MA PAGSABIHAN NA MAYABANG KA!,
      Pero kung puro ka Dada at wala ka noong gaya ng kanila? Sabihan mo na lang "ANG YAYABANG NILA!" 
  • hsusonhsuson PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited July 12
    The richest Billionaires in the PH are the Chinoys.  I had a classmate in college before na heir to one of them. If you check Forbes, their family is worth about P200,000,000,000.00

    Kwento nya to me was that they were deliberately trained NOT to flaunt their wealth.  First, because it was not something an educated person would do.  And secondly, it shows poor taste and low regard for the feelings of people who have less. 

    Kaya mababa ang tingin ko sa mga pa-sosyal na tao like Jinkee.  Uneducated and walang breeding.  The Gokongweis, Sys, and Tys will never waste their money on LV or Hermes bicycles.

    😬
  • MountainBikerMountainBiker PEx Rookie ⭐
    ^^Same impression on my part. I think flaunting wealth is cheap. I look down on people who do that, especially those who didn't do much to deserve their wealth. It's cringe-worthy.
  • Burt_MacklinBurt_Macklin PEx Rookie ⭐
    edited July 12

    hsuson said:
    The richest Billionaires in the PH are the Chinoys.  I had a classmate in college before na heir to one of them. If you check Forbes, their family is worth about P200,000,000,000.00

    Kwento nya to me was that they were deliberately trained NOT to flaunt their wealth.  First, because it was not something an educated person would do.  And secondly, it shows poor taste and low regard for the feelings of people who have less. 

    Kaya mababa ang tingin ko sa mga pa-sosyal na tao like Jinkee.  Uneducated and walang breeding.  The Gokongweis, Sys, and Tys will never waste their money on LV or Hermes bicycles.

    😬

    Plus in the PH, you're gonna be a target for criminal entities.
    LMAO
  • DunedainDunedain PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    They're entitled to do anything they want with whatever they have. They worked for it. They got paid for it. Sakaling maligo sila sa sarili nilang pera, diskarte na nila 'yan. Madami kasing gustong maki-sawsaw.
  • pong_padourpong_padour PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited July 13
    I see nothing wrong with Jinky and Heart's post. Yung kay Sharon lang kasi may patama sa ibang tao na ayaw nya yung caption nya. Kung walang patamang caption, ok lang for me.
    Again pag naoffend kayo sa post ng celebrities, bitter at inggit lang yan. Tulad ni Agot. 
    Sagot dyan, iunfollow nyo na lang, wag buksan ang page nila or magblindfold na lang kayo. Hehe
    They are rich, they can afford it. Wag na lang mainggit. May mayaman na walang IG, may ilan bihira magpost, may ilan ginagawang album ang social media nila. Nasa tumitingin yan kung nayayabangan at naiingit. Ang masama lang siguro yung may mga caption na "you cannot afford this" "inggit kayong nangangamuhan at PG" mga ganyan. Pero yung simpleng pinost lang, ok lang yan. Wag kayo masyado mamroblema at paapekto sa mga ganyan. Mahirap ang may inggit sa katawan. LOL
  • RamblerNextGenRamblerNextGen PEx Rookie ⭐
    Ang mga socialists, marxists, and liberals - mga inggitero at inggitera. hehehe. They can't stand the fact na maraming mas mayaman, maganda, gwapo sa kanila, so they want to weaponize the system to force everyone into their sick version of equality and sameness. 

    I don't envy those who have more than me. I am happy for them, and I pray na sana hindi sila ma-control ng kanilang wealth kundi magamit nila ito for a good cause. 

    Being envious of other people, of what they have, is a violation of the 10th commandment which is, "You shall not covet." 
  • hsusonhsuson PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited July 13
    ^ Religious quote in ...3...2...1 :lol:

    Actually mga truly rich, they laugh amongst themselves at people like Jinkee. 

    No amount of money can buy Breeding, they always say.

    :rofl:
  • Alpha_Greenv_2Alpha_Greenv_2 PEx Rookie ⭐
    edited July 13
    Better that rather than voicing out their political opinions and political stands on social issues that most of the time, they aren't really educated about. Yes, walang breeding but I'd rather see celebrities post that rather than anti-Duterte or anti-Trump posts, or things like advocation of abortion, gay marriage, socialism, black lives matter, metoo etc. As one poster here said, they worked for it. It's not like they stole those wealth. Now, what credibility celebrities do have for posting political stuff? 
  • MountainBikerMountainBiker PEx Rookie ⭐
    I see nothing wrong with Jinky and Heart's post. Yung kay Sharon lang kasi may patama sa ibang tao na ayaw nya yung caption nya. Kung walang patamang caption, ok lang for me.
    Again pag naoffend kayo sa post ng celebrities, bitter at inggit lang yan. Tulad ni Agot. 
    Sagot dyan, iunfollow nyo na lang, wag buksan ang page nila or magblindfold na lang kayo. Hehe
    They are rich, they can afford it. Wag na lang mainggit. May mayaman na walang IG, may ilan bihira magpost, may ilan ginagawang album ang social media nila. Nasa tumitingin yan kung nayayabangan at naiingit. Ang masama lang siguro yung may mga caption na "you cannot afford this" "inggit kayong nangangamuhan at PG" mga ganyan. Pero yung simpleng pinost lang, ok lang yan. Wag kayo masyado mamroblema at paapekto sa mga ganyan. Mahirap ang may inggit sa katawan. LOL
    Ngeeee... Paano ako maiinggit eh hindi ko naman ginusto maging mayaman o magkaroon ng mamahaling gamit. I just want to enjoy life, that's all. The thing about these posts only reveals that you're *materialistic* which isn't good at all. I don't buy luxurious stuff because, well, I don't need them. I'd rather tour around Europe than have an LV or porsche... Para sa ano? Para ipakita sa ibang tao na sobrang yaman ko na? LOL. The worst part here is that they're flaunting their wealth with full knowledge na maraming nagugutom at namumulubi na tao sa Pilipinas. 

    As far as *following* these celebrities on their social media accounts, I have no time for that. I am more at peace with reading updates on the economy, legal systems, jurisprudence, than know your latest rolex watch... which will never, because of the things I stated above, matter to me.
  • BigDickSteveBigDickSteve PEx Rookie ⭐
    edited July 13
    If hindi lang sa mga groups na gusto ko or to keep myself updated sa mga current events, hindi ako gagawa ng FB, madaming fake lives dyan sa FB, mga umaastang mayaman at magandang buhay pero if malalaman mo ang net worth nila middle class lang naman or even below middle class, hindi ko nilalahat pero karamihan dyan sa FB at IG mga fake lives ang buhay except lang sa mga celebrities dahil given na yan na mayaman talaga mga yan. Makikita mo minsan pa drive drive pa ng sasakyan at ipopost sa social media pero hindi naman pala sa kanila. Ganda ng background nasa magandang resort pero inimbitahan lang pala, geez daming fake lives. Parang ka sexy at pogi sa picture pero pag makita mo sa personal. You were like "Is that even you?" Madaming fake dyan sa social media at mga papansin, hindi ata pinapansin sa real life. Tapos nagkataon din ng karamihan ng nasa social media mga uto-uto.

  • pong_padourpong_padour PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited July 13


    Eto lang yan mga kaPex. Ganyan lang kasimple.
  • pong_padourpong_padour PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited July 13
    "The worst part here is that they're flaunting their wealth with full knowledge na maraming nagugutom at namumulubi na tao sa Pilipinas."

    WTF? Kelangan ba lagi gawing defense yang ganyang reasoning? During the pandemic marami naman tinulungan ang Pacquiao family, kahit noon pa.
    Do you find anything in Heart's or Jinky's post that they are bragging. Wala naman di ba. Eh kung gusto nila bilhin ang ganun bagay dahil afford naman nila.

    As I've said those were merely posts in their account. Wala naman silang inapi or pinatamaan sa posts nila. They are just happy or maybe use IG and FB as a photo album.
    Wala naman dapat ikaproblema yan at di issue yan kung di nyo papakealaman ang buhay ng may buhay.
    Please lang wag na po sana kayo mainggit sa mga ganyang bagay. Trust me inggit at bitterness lang po yan. Peace y'all.
  • MountainBikerMountainBiker PEx Rookie ⭐
    "The worst part here is that they're flaunting their wealth with full knowledge na maraming nagugutom at namumulubi na tao sa Pilipinas."

    WTF? Kelangan ba lagi gawing defense yang ganyang reasoning? During the pandemic marami naman tinulungan ang Pacquiao family, kahit noon pa.
    Do you find anything in Heart's or Jinky's post that they are bragging. Wala naman di ba. Eh kung gusto nila bilhin ang ganun bagay dahil afford naman nila.

    As I've said those were merely posts in their account. Wala naman silang inapi or pinatamaan sa posts nila. They are just happy or maybe use IG and FB as a photo album.
    Wala naman dapat ikaproblema yan at di issue yan kung di nyo papakealaman ang buhay ng may buhay.
    Please lang wag na po sana kayo mainggit sa mga ganyang bagay. Trust me inggit at bitterness lang po yan. Peace y'all.
    1. It's called sensitivity, pong. You know very well na maraming naghihirap, magpopost ka nung ganun? Bakit ako, I have this and that... but I don't post them on social media dahil iniisip ko rin na maraming nagugutom, naghihirap sa Pinas. Naaawa ako sa kanila, Pong.

    2. Maraming natulungan? Bakit hindi yun ang ipost? Nakaka-inspire kaya yung mga ganung post. At di hamak na mas gusto ko yun tignan at basahin kesa sa hermes o LV na hindi ko naman bibilhin kasi wala naman akong hilig sa mga ganun.

    3. Kung gusto makatulong, wag na lang mangandidato. Utang na loob. Wala siyang alam sa mga pinapanukala niya. It will be a travesty to the entire country. Kawawa tayong mga Pilipino kung magiging Presidente ang walang alam.

    4. Yun na nga siguro ang gusto nila, yung kainggitan sila ng nakararami. Well, excuse me, I unfollow these types of people at kaya lang naman ako nagcocomment dito kasi may thread... Otherwise, hindi ko naman mababasa at all. 
  • pong_padourpong_padour PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited July 13
    WTF? Hahahha. Kakanood nyo ng teleserye yan kaya nagiging madrama kayo sa buhay.
    It's just a simple post. Pano pumasok yung mga mahihirap dyan? LOL


    "Yun na nga siguro ang gusto nila, yung kainggitan sila ng nakararami."
    See, I'm right inggit lang po yang nararamdaman nyo kaya inis kayo sa mg ganung post ng iba.  hehe

    Kahit magpost pa ng yacht, exotic cars or mga mansion mga yan, pag di ka maiinggit, wala sa yo yan. Di mo bibigyan ng malisya.
  • Max_BuwayaMax_Buwaya PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited July 13
    maiba tayo..  pag masaya ba 'ko, hindi na pwede mag shoutout sa twitter o ig o fb, dahil napakadaming nagdurusa at malungkot lalo na sa panahon ngayon?

    if i got promoted because i did well the past year, 'di ko na maipopost din kasi madaming walang trabaho?
  • BigDickSteveBigDickSteve PEx Rookie ⭐
    edited July 13
    Lol, ako inggit? Ang mga bagay na meron sila or traveling hindi ko ba kaya gawin yun? Walang problema mag post ng ganyan kung totoong mayaman ka at hindi madalas. Hindi naman lahat ng mga bagay na pinopost ng mga tao sa social media ay totoong sa kanila, mga fake lives. Feeling mag sosyal pero kung titingnan mo ang net worth hindi naman mayaman. Kung sobrang dalas nakakainis na, parang yung madalas mag selfie, umaga hanggang gabi panay post ng selfie sa social media, kulang na lang pakasalanan nila sarili nila. Oh, baka sabihin ng iba dito inggit lang ako dahil pangit ako? Mas madami pa nga ata ako suitors kesa sa mga tunay na babae at binasted ko lahat eh dahil asexual ako....

    Mas magandang post about politics, current events, anything about motivational, nature, yung mga may sense, hindi puro selfie at post ng mga bagay-bagay para lang sabihin na sosyal sila.

    Sige nga, tell me, para saan yung mga popost ng ganyan? Para sabihin ng mga tao. wow yaman, wow sosyal. wag na pasikat. Keep it to yourself na lang.
  • pong_padourpong_padour PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited July 13










    Inggit lang yan si Agot. Hehe
    Crab mentality. Hehe
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