Toni Fowler slapped with cybercrime charge for ‘obscene, pornographic’ content
Updated 8:19 p.m.
A social media advocacy group has filed a criminal complaint against actress-vlogger Toni Fowler for sexually charged content in the guise of music videos that she posts on social media pages and which were deemed “immoral and indecent,” and which may already be considered pornographic.
In a 20-page complaint filed by the Kapisanan ng Social Media Broadcasters ng Pilipinas, Inc. (KSMBPI), led by its president, Atty. Leo Olarte, the group accused Fowler of violation of Article 201 of the Revised Penal Code in relation the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which carry a penalty of P6,000 up to P12,000 in fine, and/or a jail term of up to 20 years.
KSMBPI is the same group that previously filed a similar complaint against TV host-comedian Vice Ganda and his partner Ion Perez for supposed obscene acts committed while their noontime show “It’s Showtime” was airing.
In the present case, the group claimed that Fowler’s actions of exhibiting lewd clothes, sex toys, simulating sexual acts and intercourse with the use of sexually explicit words in her videos point to being “patently offensive” under the law.
“Manifestly, the actions committed by herein respondent in her music videos, albeit cloaked in the realm of music, are appealing to prurient interests which serve no other purpose but to satisfy the market for pornography,” the complaint read
“Worse, respondent even had the grit to include in her videos a minor named ‘Paye Galang’ at the time of recording,” the group further stated.
Fowler, the complainants claimed, even flaunted the explicit behind-the-scenes of her music videos by uploading them to her YouTube channel, and which are unregulated and are still readily accessible online. Covered by the complaints were those that she posted on February 14, and May 14, 2023.
“In the entirety of the music videos, it is dominantly apparent that respondent willfully and knowingly exhibited lewd and obscene scenes or actions that are solely appealing to the prurient interests. Respondent’s clothes, appearances and actions are indubitably considered sexually explicit. This is plainly intolerable,” the group said in the complaint.
Olarte, in a phone interview by INQUIRER.net, said Fowler’s content is pornographic in nature.
“Toni Fowler is part of our organization’s advocacy against anarchy and moral decay in social media towards nation building for the best interest of our children and our children’s future,” he said.
The “Batang Quiapo” actress has yet to comment on the complaint as of writing.