Bianca Gonzalez vows to not post ‘something out of touch’ while adjusting to ‘new normal’ in the time of COVID-19
While the COVID-19 crisis continues to affect the livelihoods of many people, TV host Bianca Gonzalez expressed how tough it is for her to fulfill some of her responsibilities as a showbiz personality without appearing “out of touch” from others.
Gonzalez talked about the “existential struggle” that she and some of her fellow “non-essential” workers in the entertainment industry might have, especially when posting about branded contents on their social media accounts.
At the beginning of the quarantine, the “Pinoy Big Brother” host “politely begged off” and postponed any branded posts on social media, as per her Instagram post yesterday, May 1.
Gonzalez said that initially, “it felt morally unsettling” to earn by posting things online while plenty of people are starving and getting sick due to the health crisis.
The TV host also acknowledged during Labor Day that the enhanced community quarantine has been “mentally, spiritually and financially tough” for everyone. She expressed how fortunate she is to have a home and have access to her basic needs, a “luxury” that Gonzalez noted not everyone has.
“I have been coping by being hyper-productive with my days (we all cope in different ways),” she said. “[Parang] recollection ang nangyari sa akin in terms of thinking ano ba talaga ang values ko, ano ang purpose ko sa mundo, at ano ang mga mensahe na gusto kong iparating sa mga taong nagbabasa ng sinusulat ko o nanonood ng mga videos ko.”
(I have been coping by being hyper-productive with my days (we all cope in different ways). What happened to me was like a recollection especially in terms of thinking about what my values truly are, what my purpose in life is, and what message I want to impart to people reading my works and watching my videos.)
The TV host also talked about how everyone has been adjusting to “the new normal” and how she has been managing her fears about the future, especially with regards to the work that she does.
“Businesses have been adjusting and finding ways of how they can still operate and earn, and I realized na ako din, kailangan ko na ding mag-adjust at gawin ang trabaho ko sa paraan na alam ko (I, too, have to adjust and do my work in the only way I know how),” she said.
“Sabi nga nila, hindi pwedeng puro out ang pera, kailangan may in din (As they say, you cannot just keep on spending money, you have to earn some too),” she added.
After considering how she could adjust her work-life during this “new normal” period, Gonzalez told her fans that in the coming days she will be fulfilling her work and posting branded content.
“I guess this is also an accountability post for me to never post something out of touch and to adjust to the new normal along with everyone else,” she added.
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(Warning: long post.) The industry I work in is sort of considered "non-essential". And I can imagine that everyone else with "non-essential" jobs like me have had some sort of existential struggle the past few weeks. This quarantine/crisis/pandemic has been mentally, spiritually and financially tough. Everyday I am grateful for a home and our basic needs, which I know not everyone has the luxury of. I have been coping by being hyper-productive with my days (we all cope in different ways) and parang recollection ang nangyari sa akin in terms of thinking ano ba talaga ang values ko, ano ang purpose ko sa mundo, at ano ang mga mensahe na gusto kong iparating sa mga taong nagbabasa ng sinusulat ko o nanonood ng mga videos ko. At the start of the quarantine I politely begged off and asked for a postponement of any "branded posts" and I am very grateful for the companies I work with, for understanding and supporting my request. At the start of all this, it felt morally unsettling for me to "earn" "just" by "posting" (these are all in "quotes" because it is more than what the words seem) habang madami ang nagugutom, natatakot, at nagkakasakit. As the weeks passed and everyone (IRL and on social media) was adjusting to the new normal, I was managing my fears about the future of the work that I do. Businesses have been adjusting and finding ways of how they can still operate and earn, and I realized na ako din, kailangan ko na ding mag-adjust at gawin ang trabaho ko sa paraan na alam ko. Sabi nga nila, hindi pwedeng puro out ang pera, kailangan may in din. I guess what this post is is a post asking for your permission, even if I know hindi naman kailangan; it's May 1, and in the coming days I will be fulfilling work and posting "branded posts". I guess this is also an accountability post for me to never post something out of touch and to adjust to the new normal along with everyone else. Oo, alam kong parang overthinking or OA ito, at hindi din ito pa-goody na post, I just have been carrying this since the start of the quarantine and I felt I wanted to share it with you. Thanks for reading this kahit ang haba. 🙈😄🙏🏼
Similarly, actress Neri Naig pondered over the significance of being a social media “influencer” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Hoping to inspire her fellow “influencers,” Naig used her talent fees from endorsements to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontliners and other essential workers. /ra
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