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Bullied online? ‘Viral Scandal’ stars Charlie Dizon, Jameson Blake suggest mindfulness

Marguerite de Leon
Bullied online? ‘Viral Scandal’ stars Charlie Dizon, Jameson Blake suggest mindfulness
'Lahat naman tayo may opinyon talaga, pero sana hinay-hinay lang,' Charlie advises

In ABS-CBN’s latest series Viral Scandal, Charlie Dizon plays Rica, an apprentice at an architectural firm who finds herself the victim of a viral video scandal. It’s an intriguing conflict in this internet saturated culture, where ordinary people can get thrust into the spotlight with just a few seconds of footage.

What has Charlie and her co-star Jameson Blake, who plays senior architect Axel, learned the most from their timely roles?

In a Rappler Talk Entertainment episode aired Wednesday, November 10, Charlie and Jameson shared that when it comes to situations where a person can be bullied relentlessly, it’s a matter of dealing with it with mindfulness.

Charlie pointed out that in such cases, it’s not only the bullied person who gets affected, so we should try to tread more carefully around the issue: “Hindi lang ‘yung victim yung na-i-involve kundi pati ‘yung buong environment niya…. Lahat naman tayo may opinyon talaga, pero sana hinay-hinay lang.”

(It’s not just the victim who gets involved, but their whole environment as well…. All of us do have our own opinions, but I wish we could be less aggressive about it.)

If sa akin nangyari iyon, mas nagma-matter sa akin talaga ‘yung mga taong naniniwala sa akin, and ‘yung mga taong sumusuporta sa akin,” she added.

(If [what happened to Rica] had happened to me, what would matter more to me are the people who believe in me and support me.)

Jameson also thinks it’s important be more compassionate to the people involved: “Think twice before you react, or before you judge someone, or before you say something to a certain person. You basically just have to be really mindful with your surroundings, with everybody, and always try to do something to help the person instead of talking behind their back. Just imagine being in their shoes; it’s not a good situation.”

Asked if there was anything, in contrast, that they would actually want to go viral for, both of them preferred that it be their acting skills.

“‘Yung mapakita ko ‘yung passion ko sa acting, or ‘yung mga clips na magaganda nga,” Charlie answered.

(Something where I can show my passion for acting, or those really good clips of mine.)

Siguro acting performance, ‘yung mga scene that people would remember, and maybe it would become a meme, okay lang!” Jameson said with a big grin.

(Probably an acting performance, those scenes that people would remember, and it would be okay if it became a meme!)

Viral Scandal premieres on Monday, November 15, on the Kapamilya Channel, TV5, A2Z, Kapamilya Online Live, iWantTFC, and TFC IPTV. – Rappler.com

Marguerite de Leon

Marguerite Alcazaren de Leon heads Rappler’s Life and Style, Entertainment, and Opinion sections. She has been with Rappler since 2013, and also served as its social media producer for six years. She is also a fictionist.