Joey de Leon draws flak after “insensitive” drowning post

MANILA, Philippines - TV host and personality Joey de Leon once again drew the ire of netizens after he posted an “insensitive” remark about drowning.

De Leon posted on his Instagram account a photo of himself enjoying a dip at the beach. The photo may seem innocent except that it contains a seemingly insensitive joke about drowning.

The veteran Eat Bulaga host captioned the photo: “Nuknukan ka na ng katangahan pag sa DEAD SEA nalunod ka pa!”

Joey de Leon draws flak after “insensitive” drowning post
Joey de Leon’s original post Screengrab credits: Twitter/JamOneDirection
The TV host was referring to the famous Dead Sea where the water’s very high density makes it impossible for swimmers to drown, they just float.

But, netizens have strong words for De Leon. They called him out for his insensitivity after the recent death of Hashtags member Franco Hernandez due to drowning.

It’s Showtime hosts and friends of Hernandez were quick to share their opinions on the matter.

Musician Teddy Corpuz tweeted: “Sana binigay mo na lng muna sa amin ang maipagluksa ang kaibigan at kapatid namin, kahit isang araw lang. kahit ngayon lang. Nakakalungkot ka po. Ipapag pray po kita na gabayan ka ng puong may kapal.”

Hernandez’s fellow Hashtag, Paulo Angeles, didn’t bother with pleasantries and posted, “Tanda mo na bastos ka pa. Wala akong pake kahit sikat ka. Mga joke mo wala sa lugar. Sobrang bastos mo.”

Several netizens also didn’t hold back stating that this isn’t the first time De Leon had been tactless and rude.

Back in October, De Leon also earned the ire of netizens after he commented on Eat Bulaga that depression is “gawa-gawa” lang. Days after, the brother of actress Nadine Lustre committed suicide due to depression. The controversial remarks prompted De Leon to take a long break from work.

De Leon didn’t remove the post but edited the caption into a more subtle one: “TBT, Dead Sea 2014.”

Joey de Leon draws flak after “insensitive” drowning post
De Leon’s edited post Screengrab from Instagram/Joey de Leon

— Sally, The Summit Express

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