Lea Salonga clarifies ‘kababawan’ tweet not about AlDub after fan outrage

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Lea replies to social media users who reacted to one of her tweets and assumed she was talking about popular love team AlDub

CLARIFICATION. Lea Salonga says she was not pertaining to tandem of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza in her tweet.  File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Actress Lea Salonga drew strong reactions from social media users after she posted a tweet about “kababawan” (shallowness).  

Lea shared this message on Saturday, September 26.

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”tl” dir=”ltr”>Okay lang sa akin ang kababawan, pero hanggang doon na lamang ba tayo? <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/NagtatanongLangPo?src=hash”>#NagtatanongLangPo</a></p>&mdash; Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MsLeaSalonga/status/647624964821098496″>September 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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While she did not pertain to anything in particular, used no AlDub hashtag and didn’t mention anything by name in that exact tweet, many started speculating that she was pointing to the growing popularity of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza aka Yaya Dub or AlDub.

At the time, AlDub’s most recent episode, featuring a visit from Alden to Lola Nidora’s mansion to court Yaya, was the most talked about topic on Twitter. The topic has generated over 25 million tweets

Here are some reactions to Lea’s post:

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”><a href=”https://twitter.com/MsLeaSalonga”>@msleasalonga</a> That&#39;s why it&#39;s called an &quot;entertainment show.&quot; They do teach family values though, that&#39;s not mababaw, right? <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/ALDubEBforLOVE?src=hash”>#ALDubEBforLOVE</a></p>&mdash; Lieza Punsalan (@LiezaPunsi) <a href=”https://twitter.com/LiezaPunsi/status/647629445507891200″>September 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” lang=”en”><p lang=”tl” dir=”ltr”><a href=”https://twitter.com/MsLeaSalonga”>@MsLeaSalonga</a> awww may values po ung show para sa youth. Hindi po kababawan.</p>&mdash; Eton Sotoya (@hersonsotoya) <a href=”https://twitter.com/hersonsotoya/status/647625344317456385″>September 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” lang=”en”><p lang=”tl” dir=”ltr”><a href=”https://twitter.com/MsLeaSalonga”>@MsLeaSalonga</a> dto pu kame sumasaya eh .. Bat di nalang hayaan !? Kaligayahan nmen pu ito ..&#10;&#10;<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/ALDubEBforLOVE?src=hash”>#ALDubEBforLOVE</a></p>&mdash; Lhadie Omillo mhaya (@MhayaOmillo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MhayaOmillo/status/647630730604875776″>September 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Lea said she was speaking in more general terms, and in other tweets said that she’s not specifically targeting a certain episode particular aspect of AlDub. Here’s her response to a fan who asked her, “What is this all about po? I’m just curious, it’s much better to ask you.”

{source}<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”><a href=”https://twitter.com/nuteleasings“>@nuteleasings</a> Just a general thing. All this AlDub, Pabebe, etc., that&#39;s terrific. But then I wondered, that can&#39;t be all we aspire to.</p>&mdash; Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MsLeaSalonga/status/647628779540627457“>September 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Lea tweeted a few more times, explaining her tweet. She said she was not hitting or targeting the AlDub tandem at all. 

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”tl” dir=”ltr”>Ang daming judgmental at defensive dito. Haaaaay, di niyo na-gets ang tweet ko.</p>&mdash; Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MsLeaSalonga/status/647631058981289984″>September 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>For those of you that replied about BALANCE, you rock my world. That&#39;s what I was after. We all need fun, but that can&#39;t be all there is.</p>&mdash; Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MsLeaSalonga/status/647631531406663680″>September 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”tl” dir=”ltr”>Gusto ko sanang isipin na malinaw na ang aking pagpapaliwanag.</p>&mdash; Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MsLeaSalonga/status/647631858352701440″>September 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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She also clarified she has nothing against the tandem of Alden and Yaya Dub and even said she finds Maine Mendoza, the actress who plays Yaya, gorgeous. 

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Uhmmm… I have no idea what&#39;s going on. Why did people assume I was tweeting about AlDub? I wasn&#39;t. I don&#39;t know about it. So why the hate?</p>&mdash; Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MsLeaSalonga/status/647688699698900993″>September 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”><a href=”https://twitter.com/galeanthropic”>@galeanthropic</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/richeldulce”>@richeldulce</a> Oh my. That girl is gorgeous.</p>&mdash; Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MsLeaSalonga/status/647693342961192960″>September 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Lea also said that she was not aware of the episode and what was going on. Lea is currently busy with preparations for the play Allegiance abroad

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Only now am I finding out that today was a significant day. I honestly had zero idea anything was going on! My tweet was pure coincidence!</p>&mdash; Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MsLeaSalonga/status/647689047561883648″>September 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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She also answered some of her followers about her post. Here are some of the tweets. 

{source}<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”><a href=”https://twitter.com/MsLeaSalonga“>@MsLeaSalonga</a> see. Nice to have a sip or two of kababawans once in a while. But i get your point now.</p>&mdash; ronan jude (@gaucherive) <a href=”https://twitter.com/gaucherive/status/647645726047006720“>September 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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{source}<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”><a href=”https://twitter.com/MsGhailSilverio“>@MsGhailSilverio</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/gaucherive“>@gaucherive</a> No, that&#39;s not it. I mean, there&#39;s also room for deeper thinking. That&#39;s all.</p>&mdash; Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MsLeaSalonga/status/647628956011769856“>September 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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{source}<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”><a href=”https://twitter.com/Maye_Custodio“>@Maye_Custodio</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/nuteleasings“>@nuteleasings</a> I don&#39;t watch any noontime show. Nothing against them, it&#39;s just not me.</p>&mdash; Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MsLeaSalonga/status/647984406175567872“>September 27, 2015</a></blockquote>

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The AlDub tandem was born out of Eat Bulaga’s “Juan For All, All For Juan” segment, where the characters Alden and Yaya Dub are in love, but kept apart by Yaya’s boss, Lola Nidora.  On September 26, Alden was finally able to visit Yaya Dub at Lola Nidora’s mansion to formally court her.

To support to the episode and the kalyeseryeEat Bulaga also declared Saturday as National Pabebe Wave Day. The hashtag#AlDubEBForLove has generated over 25 million tweets. – Rappler.com