(Updated 9:17 p.m.) TV host Kris Aquino posted an attempt at self-deprecating humor on Instagram on Thursday night but ended up receiving sharp remarks from netizens as regards the sunburn she suffered hours after touring the spouses of APEC leaders around Intramuros.
Aquino, President Benigno Aquino III's youngest sister, posted a picture of her back and shoulders, telling her followers to have a good laugh at her sunburn. She said her sister Viel Aquino Dee said the burns took the shape of the lace she wore while her son Bimby said it looked like Batman's mask "from the Michael Keaton era."
All could have been well until she said, "Quits na tayo sa lahat ng nahirapan mag commute these past few days, patas ang mundo, patche patche naman ang balat ko."
About to sleep, Bimb took this picture- decided to post this so we can all have a good laugh tonight sa karma ng kaartehan ko ???? na SUNBURN ako ng bongga- nabilad in Fort Santiago at the peak of the just before noon heat... You'll love the sense of humor of my sister Viel, baka daw my entire back nag ka lace patterned sunburn. Si Bimb naman said the shape of the sunburn is like the Batman mask from the Michael Keaton era ????... Quits na tayo sa lahat ng nahirapan mag commute these past few days, patas ang mundo, patche patche naman ang balat ko. ????????????? #LaughterIsTheBestMedicine (I drank Paracetamol kasi parang lalagnatin ako sa init ng balat ko, any sunburn suggestions?) GOOD NIGHT. #LoveLoveLove
The government has been at the receiving end of criticisms from motorists and commuters after the lockdown protocols near the APEC venues caused heavy traffic in some areas and pedestrians walking for several kilometers in others.
Agencies have asked for understanding from the public.
"Nahiya kami sa sunburn mo. Matalino ka sana kaya lang, hindi mo alam yung meaning ng QUITS! Sobrang baba na ng tingin ko sa'yo," read one comment on her Instagram post.
"How insensitive! Wala yang sunburn mo sa 6 hours of traffic at sa iba pang pasakit na dinala ng APEC sa amin!," wrote an enraged netizen.
Another wrote, "Pumasok kami sa mga opisina dahil kailangan namin ng pera. Oo choice namin pumasok, choice mo din yan, wag mong i-compare ang sunburn mo sa hirap ng mga commuters. I love you, but this post is too insensitive."
Still, there were those who saw nothing wrong with Aquino's post.
"Wala namang masama sa post mo ms @withlovekrisaquino patunay na tao ka rin lang," said one netizen.
"Hay naku narrow minded on the go again.. Por que cnabi ni ms @withlovekrisaquino na quits na kau sobra na kau mag react jan??? Ang OOA nyo!!!!" said another.
At least one said, the supposedly insensitive post was a non-issue.
"Sobrang babaw na issue pinapalaki pa," the post read.
Kris reacts to bashers
Aquino replied to a user with the handle @cuppy_cake008 on Instagram, cattily challenging her to emulate her ordeal by walking in five-inch heels on cobblestones.
"Try mo 5 inches na heels from 9 AM to 3 PM sa cobblestones? Hehehe. Patol ka much?? Kaya nga yung hashtags ko.... Haaayyy laugh na lang #goodvibesnaplease?" Aquino wrote in a reply captured by PEP.
Another netizen called Aquino insensitive, to whom she replied, “Kung pwede kitang regaluhan ng sense of humor Christmas gift ko na, address please?”
Commuters were forced to walk to their workplaces, residences, or schools since Tuesday due to constant road closures and limited access to certain roads.
Some were forced to walk as far as 10 kilometers to make up for missing routes and public transportation.
A woman was even forced to give birth on the road due to hour-long stoppages caused by heavy traffic near APEC sites.
Many residents in Metro Manila complained that the precautions to guard APEC dignitaries worsened the region's already-legendary traffic. —Rie Takumi with a report from PEP.ph/NB, GMA News