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Ateneo apologizes for 'tone deaf' tweet: 'We've let generations of elitism and privilege get to our heads'

The Ateneo de Manila University issued an apology on Monday for posting a "tone deaf" statement on its Twitter account.

The university drew flak from netizens after its verified account replied to a tweet from Team AMDG welcoming incoming freshmen for school year 2021-2022.

Team AMDG urged the accepted applicants to follow the Ateneo de Manila Loyola Schools Twitter account. Ateneo then offered additional advice, but the last part of their tweet offended netizens.

"Accepted applicants need to gather their documents for confirmation, watch out for their school's Open House, and assess their other options well. We're not for everyone," the tweet read.

As of writing, the tweet has garnered over 1,000 quote tweets from netizens, saying how elite and harsh it sounded. Others also said they were embarrassed of the tweet.

Ateneo apologized shortly after on the same Twitter thread and promised to do better in the future.

"We framed and phrased this poorly and regret ending with such a tone deaf sentence," the account wrote.

"The casual callousness of our reply reflects, quite badly, on how we've let generations of elitism and privilege get to our heads. We hear you and we thank you for calling us out."

—Franchesca Viernes/MGP, GMA News