The internet is fuming at Toni Gonzaga’s interview with Bongbong Marcos

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ICYMI, social media was ablaze after Toni Gonzaga interviewed former Senator Bongbong Marcos on her official YouTube channel and Facebook account, with the video released in time for BBM’s birthday — coincidentally, just days before the 49th anniversary of his father’s declaration of martial law in the Philippines on September 21.

The actress’ interview earned the ire of netizens who thought that the video glossed over the atrocities of Martial Law, as the interview was filled with softball questions and treacly anecdotes as Marcos Jr. wistfully reminisced about his namesake and father, the dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

As a reply, BBM appropriated Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” lyrics as he dismissed critics of his family and the Marcos regime, saying merely, “Haters gonna hate, right?”

This did not sit well with social media, which was immeditely lit with incendiary reactions from netizens who criticized the interview.

Protest artist Tarantadong Kalbo released a rather powerful illustration just hours after Gonzaga’s interview was posted, while other commenters on Twitter noted how close the martial law anniversary was. Still others criticized the actress-host’s attempts to appear “neutral” and “objective”, especially since Gonzaga featured Vice President Leni Robredo and human rights lawyer Chel Diokno — whose father was imprisoned by Marcos senior— on her vlog just weeks before.

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If this unlikely collaboration has you scratching your head, the internet is there to remind everyone that the Gonzaga-Marcos ties go back a long way. In fact, BBM was godfather at Toni’s wedding to director Paul Soriano in 2015, just a year before his failed attempt to run for the vice presidency.

As a favor to their ninong, the Gonzaga-Soriano celebrity couple publicly supported BBM in his bid for the vice presidency in the 2016 elections.

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This article, The internet is fuming at Toni Gonzaga’s interview with Bongbong Marcos, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

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