Joey de Leon Receives Public Backlash After Controversial Statement on Depression

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MANILA, Philippines— Veteran actor and Eat Bulaga host Joey de Leon is currently under public scrutiny after his controversial statement on mental illness, specifically depression. During one of their segments on GMA’s noontime show Eat Bulaga, de Leon dismissed depression as an illness, which offended many people online.

During the Juan for All, All for Juan segment aired on Thursday, October 5, TV show host Jose Manalo was interviewing Maria Cristina whose house they raided. In the emotional interview, the grievous woman revealed how her mother has been battling with depression for years.

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Furthermore, Cristina said that her mother’s depression could be attributed to her old age, as what the doctors concluded. Below is an excerpt of their interview, as per Rappler:

Jose: Anong sakit ni nanay?

Maria Crstina (sugod bahay winner): Depression po.

Jose: Bakit? iyang bang depression nakukuha ba iyan dahil depressed ka, ganun ba iyon?

Maria Cristina: Ang sabi lang po nung doktor, depression tapos yung katandaan cause makakalimutin na po.

It was at this moment when Joey de Leon spoke and addressed the issue.

“Yung depression, gawa-gawa lang ng mga tao iyan. Gawa nila sa sarili nila.”

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On the other hand, one of his co-hosts, endorser and actress Maine Mendoza, shared her different sentiment on this issue. Mendoza emphasized the seriousness of this mental illness, and how to care for people who are suffering from it.

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.”

To which Joey de Leon replied:

“Hindi, huwag n’yo suportahan. Gawa-gawa lang nila iyon.

He broadcast this live on national television. The host is known for his tactless jokes in the past, but people were not expecting his stance on depression.



As expected, many people expressed their disappointment over the host’s statement. Netizens on Twitter branded Joey de Leon as ‘insensitive’ and even ‘ignorant’ for his statements. Meanwhile, the host is yet to give his side on this issue.

Check out some of their sentiments below.











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