When you make dangerous comments on national television where literally EVERYONE can see it, it’s going to leave a long, impressionable mark.
Little by little, people have started talking about depression, taking it as a serious topic which should be discussed with utmost care and sensitivity. Joey de Leon said some harsh comments on mental health during the segment of Juan for All , All For Juan.
Host Jose Manalo asked the sugod-bahay winner Maria Cristina on the condition of her mother. Cristina answered that her mom had depression.
Here are Joey De Leon's disgusting and dangerous comments about depression on Eat Bulaga today + Maine Mendoza taking a stand. pic.twitter.com/jo6STsIcvs
— DryedMangoez (@dryedmangoez) October 5, 2017
Jose: “Bakit? Iyang bang depression nakukuha ba iyan dahil depressed ka, ganun ba iyon?” (Why? Do get the condition because you’re just depressed?)
Maria Cristina: “Ang sabi lang po nung doktor, depression tapos yung katandaan cause makakalimutin na po.” (The doctor simply said she has depression and because of her age, she tends to forget already.)
Joey chimed in: “Yung depression, gawa-gawa lang ng mga tao iyan. Gawa nila sa sarili nila.” (About depression, that’s just made by people. They do it to themselves.)
Maine Mendoza tried to interrupt and came to the defense, letting Joey know that depression is not a laughing matter.
“Hindi biro yang depression. Hindi siya joke. Hindi kasi maraming nakakaranas ng ganun lalo na sa mga kabataan. Kaya pag may nakakaranas ng ganun, kailangan natin bigyan natin ng suporta,” she said as Alden Richards nodded beside her.
(Depression is not a laughing matter. It’s not a joke. Because many people go through it, especially today’s youth. If you’re going through it, give them the support.)
Joey retorted: “Hindi, huwag n’yo suportahan. Gawa-gawa lang nila iyon.” (No don’t support it. They just make it up.)
Soon enough, Joey got backlash for the comments and the pvblic had things they needed to get off their chest:
Joey De Leon fully doesn't understand what DEPRESSION means. His stupidity doesn't deserve an airtime. Audience choose your role model. ❌
— Rod Magaru (@rodmagaru) October 5, 2017
I hope Joey De Leon living in thorniest so he could suffer depression too. How stupid Allan K asking what is Depression? Naging tao kapa.
— Jules Tristan (@justyursWP) October 5, 2017
we all need a maine mendoza in this world full of adults whose mindsets are as shitty as joey de leon’s
— BLVIRE (@patriciablaire) October 5, 2017
Joey de Leon needs to check with his humor. What you claim to be "gawa gawa lang" can be somebody else's signal to give up.
— Carla Jean (@DaeanHart) October 5, 2017
When are we gonna remove egotistical bigots such as Joey de Leon from TV? They're nothing more than assholes who don't know anything 🙄
— Curious 🐈 (@jadineloveydove) October 5, 2017
Dear Joey de Leon, your words have power. Please use it wisely. Use your power to educate. Depression is real, hindi gawa-gawa lang!
— Noreen Capili (@noringai) October 5, 2017
The pvblic applauded Maine Mendoza for trying to counter the already-horrendous situation:
I have high respect for Maine Mendoza! Thank you for taking a stand against Joey De Leon's remarks about depression!
— Alyssa Mariz (@sadsoulsmiling) October 5, 2017
So much respect to Maine Mendoza for standing up from Joey De Leon's pathetic statement about depression. You go girl. 🙌🏻
— Vin Castro (@bincastro19) October 5, 2017
When a newbie like Maine Mendoza understands more what is depression compared to a veteran, Joey de Leon –Thank you Maine.
I am now a fan.
— NIÑA (@ninstweet) October 5, 2017
Maine Mendoza should know that her courage is really admirable. Standing up to someone like Joey De Leon must be frightening. Hugs girl and pic.twitter.com/V4GfmIROqy
— LikhaGunita by Nim (@LikhaGunita) October 5, 2017
Kudos to Maine Mendoza on how important it is to support someone with depression. For Joey De Leon, older doesn't always mean wiser eh?
— Jill Ramirez (@jillangela) October 5, 2017
One reminded the others not to shame Joey, only educate
Psych majors, as you react on the Joey de Leon issue on depression, remember that we educate not preach nor shame.
— Renz Argao (@RenzArgao) October 5, 2017