One of the pioneer hosts of the longest running noontime show Eat Bulaga, Joey de Leon, was called out by netizens regarding his statement about depression on Thursday’s (October 5) episode of the show.
It was during the segment of Juan for All, All For Juan, when another host Jose Manalo asked the winner Maria Christina about her mother’s condition who is seen to be sitting beside co-host Wally Bayola. According to her, as told by doctors, her mom has depression.
Jose: Anong sakit ni nanay? (What is your mom’s illness?)
Maria Christina (winner): Depression po.
Jose: Bakit? ‘yang bang depression nakukuha ba iyan dahil depressed ka, ganun ba iyon? (Why? Do you get that illness because you’re depressed?)
Maria Christina: Hindi naman po, ang sabi lang po nung doktor, depression tapos yung katandaan nya kasi makakalimutin na po. (Not really, the doctor just said she has depression and because of her age, she tends to be forgetful.)
Joey De Leon then stated: “Yung depression, gawa-gawa lang ng mga tao iyan. Gawa nila sa sarili nila.” (Depression is something people just make up. They just do it to themselves.)
After De Leon’s statement, host Jose Manalo continued talking about the illness relating it to stress.
But Maine Mendoza did not let it pass and disagreed to what the noontime show veteran just said, expressing that depression is not to be taken lightly.
In Mendoza’s statement she said “Uy pero hindi biro yan ah, yung depression.” (Depression is not a laughing matter to be taken lightly)
De Leon can be heard on the background in a taunting tone asking Mendoza “why?” ( “Aba, aba, aba, bakit?!”)
Mendoza then continued “Hindi siya joke. Hindi syempre kasi maraming nakakaranas ng ganun lalo na sa mga kabataan. Kaya dapat kapag merong nakakaranas ng ganun, bigyan natin ng suporta.” (It’s not a joke, because a lot of young people experience it, and if we know someone suffering from it, we should support them)
The other half of the famous AlDub loveteam Alden Richards agreed with her statement and said that a moral support should be given.
But De Leon immediately answered back and not letting Mendoza finish talking and said: “Hindi! Huwag n’yo suportahan. Gawa-gawa lang nila iyon.” (No! Don’t support them, they are just making it up.)
To which Manalo added “It’s all in the mind.”
After the exchange of thoughts, the other screen, showing the segment Juan for All, All for Juan, immediately got cut and went black on air.
The show continued with the hosts in the main studio where De Leon stood firm by his statement about depression.
“Wala, nagpapa-sosyal lang, pag mayaman depression, pag mahirap wala, wala ka nang pag-asa sa buhay,” De Leon added, followed by a laughter. (No, it’s just a posh term, if you’re rich it’s called depression, if you’re poor, you’re hopeless.)
His words did not sit well with many viewers and netizens and thought he was insensitive. They quickly expressed their thoughts against him on Twitter.
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