Contrary to the rising popularity of memes like “Mommy? Sorry. Mommy?” that seem to celebrate (or more specifically, thirst over) older women, there are still folk on the internet who are shaming celebrities for their changing bodies. The latest target of ageist comments? Bea Alonzo.
The 34-year-old actress published a new video on her YouTube channel titled “Reacting to Mean Tweets About Me” on March 12. In the vlog, Alonzo admitted that filtering mean comments is pretty much second nature to her because she’s been in the business for so long. It’s a rare moment for Alonzo to respond to mean comments. But when she does, she executes it with class.
“Isn’t it too late for you to be doing this endorsement? Watching it, you’re [too] old to be a model for this commercial. May kulubot ka na,” read one of the comments. While Alonzo didn’t name the endorsement that prompted the reaction, clips from her sexy 2022 calendar photo shoot for a liquor brand were shown in the video.
“It’s about time na tigilan na ng mga tao na [mang-shame] ng mga tao na nagkaka-edad,” Alonzo said in response. “I am 34 years old. I’m about to turn 35 this year and I am proud of it. And I am taking care of myself as much as I can. I exercise, I eat healthy, and parang feeling ko proud ako sa itsura ko at 34 years old.” While wrinkles are nothing to be ashamed of, it’s so weird how there are still people who want to make you feel ancient once you turn 30. The over-30 club members are having fun and living their best lives, thank you very much.
“Kung kinuha ako ng certain brand, that was actually very flattering for me. Kasi di ko naman ipinilit ’yung sarili ko para kuhanin nila ako. ’Di ba? So I’m proud of it,” Alonzo added to explain that it wasn’t as if she forced the brand to hire her. “Let’s stop shaming people for their age. It’s 2022!” Hear, hear.
The entertainment industry has a longstanding obsession with looking young and manufacturing perfection. Ageist hate comments and body shaming add to a culture that instills body dysmorphia. Can we please just let people be comfortable in their own bodies? Women don’t have expiry dates.