- Noli De Castro made a controversial remark about Jake Zyrus on TV Patrol
- National Youth Commission (NYC) Commissioner Perci Cendaña slammed the broadcaster for his comment
- Netizens also lambasted De Castro
National Youth Commission (NYC) Commissioner Perci Cendaña slammed broadcaster Noli de Castro for his comments about Jake Zyrus on a recent episode of TV Patrol.
KAMI learned about the controversy from Rappler and Trending News Portal.
De Castro had this to say about Zyrus after Ted Failon mentioned the singer’s change in voice;
"Ang tawag diyan ay climate change. Madami talagang nagbabago ngayon."
(That is what you call climate change. There are really many changes happening nowadays.)
Cendaña released a statement as a response to De Castro’s comment.
"When a popular broadcaster and former vice president mocks a transgender man, he is not only offending LGBT people, he is also setting a bad example to his audience, especially to the youth," Cendaña said.
"Such remarks reinforce discrimination against LGBT people. This is very alarming as young LGBTs are extremely vulnerable to stigma and discrimination. Bullying, ridicule, and abuse not only psychologically affect the youth, but also deter their development and growth."
Cendaña urged the broadcaster to make a public apology for his remark.
Netizens also slammed De Castro for his statement regarding Zyrus.
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