Monday, March 12, 2018

Billy at Colleen may Mensahe sa mga Bashers! Alamin

Nagsalita na si Colleen Garcia at Billy Crawford sa isyu kung saan tinawag ito na racist dahil sa ginawa daw diumano ang Ethiopian na props sa prenup pictures nila narito ang kanilang pahayag!

"It's unfortunate how it was taken out of context. It's far from what we intended. We were invited and sponsored by Ethiopian Airlines to do our shoot there for their tourism and capture their natural environment because we were told that tourism helps their economy. That's why we were in Ethiopia," the couple said in the statement.

Sabi ng couple ay ang mga pictures ay hindi pa naman opisyal dahil magpo-photoshoot pa sila sa Pinas at ang isyung ginawang probs ang mga Ethiopian ay suggestion daw yun ng mga taga roon.

"We had a local guide present throughout the entire duration of the shoot and leisure time in Ethiopia. He took us around and made suggestions for the shoot, such as including the priests of Lalibela in our photos because they want people to see. We based our layouts off of some of their suggestions," they said.

"The locals were so kind, warm and welcoming, and they love meeting tourists," the couple added.

The children showed in the photos were in the area and wanted to be part of the shoot, so their photographer decided to add them to the shot.

"Yung shot with the kids, actually patapos na kaming mag-shoot noon na kaming dalawa lang and we just needed to get a few shots in, but naaliw 'yung kids (who were already there) and they really wanted to be part of the photo so they kept coming into the frame hanggang sa sinama na," they explained.

"We never forced anyone nor wanted to disrespect any race or culture. People in the Philippines felt disrespected and offended, but being there was a completely different feeling," the couple added.

"Every time we look at the photos, we remember how we got to interact with the locals while we were there, and it's something truly memorable for all of us, including the team," Crawford and Garcia also said.

"Being public figures, dito kami nagkulang and we admit we could have done better. Kaya, we do apologize for how it might have translated, and we're sorry again to those we have offended."

"I grew up in a very diverse city (Roosevelt Island), and had experienced bullying and racism in my youth because of my being 'an Asian.' Trust me, we meant no harm," he said.

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