Macoy Dubs, Darryl Yap + Why VinCentiments' Latest Video Went Viral For All the Wrong Reasons

VinCentiment's latest video on online classes received a lot of flak.

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(SPOT.ph) The outspoken Macoy Dubsreal identity: Macoy Averilla—had something extra fiery to say about the latest video by VinCentiments. We're sure you've seen the flak the said short film, entitled "Online Class," received online over the weekend, with people saying it unfairly blamed teachers for the difficult shift to digital education amid the pandemic. Well, it looks like Averilla also needed to release some steam via a series of "open tweets" addressed to fellow content creator and writer of the film, Darryl Yap, posted on August 9.

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"Sana ginamit mo ng maayos yung impluwensya mo sa tama lalo na't filmmaker ka," wrote Averilla to Yap. As a special lecturer at the Letran Institute of Communication, Averilla pointed out that both students and teachers are having a difficult time adjusting to the new set-up and, we imagine, an even harder time getting it to work. "Di gusto ng mga guro na matigil ang pagkatuto ng mga bata," he continued, possibly referring to the Department of Education's refusal to implement an "academic freeze" as the pandemic continues.

Averilla pointed out that neither the parents, the schools, or students are the enemy, "Kundi ang pandemic na 'to [...] Pero sana MAS gets mo yung term na SACRIFICE and COMPROMISE—mga bagay na wala sa videos mo."

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The video in question was the last of a trilogy that tackled different perspectives on the shift to online learning; the previous focused on teachers and parents. It was the one which showed the perspective of the students which exploded online over the weekend. In it, a student goes off on a full rant about how difficult the new system is—presumably talking about how the system isn't working, but then laying the blame on the teacher.

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"The latest episode of VinCentiments entitled 'Online Class' is outright irresponsible, insensitive, and infuriating," wrote the student council of the University of the Philippines College of Education in an open letter to the video's creators. While they acknowledged that the video showed the challenges faced by students now, it "antagonizes teachers" and was a "direct insult" to educators who have worked hard for the past few months in order to "ensure the delivery of quality and compassionate education amidst the pandemic."

"Our teachers do not deserve this disrespect," said the student council. With the opening of public schools still slated for August 24, we're sure our educators have enough on their hands, too. 

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