Just a few days ago, YouTuber, gamer, and musician Ashley Gosiengfiao dropped an unboxing video of her dream camera: the Leica M10-P. Unfortunately, while the 30-year-old expressed her excitement in her recent vlog over finally acquiring the premium camera after three years, the comments section was a less cheerful sight.
One netizen in particular criticized Ashley and her sister, cosplayer, model, and TV host Alodia Gosiengfiao, for “flaunting” their wealth in spite of the country’s current state during the pandemic.
“Oh how nice it would be to be so rich and out of touch that I could make vlogs about cameras that cost 400,000+ peso or US$8000+,” said the commenter. “I'm sorry ladies but you may live in a fantasy world where money means nothing but the rest of us have to work to feed ourselves. Unemployment in the Philippines is currently close to 50%, people are literally starving in Manila, and you two are flaunting your money and extravagant lifestyles. DO YOU HAVE ANY COMPASSION FOR YOUR FELLOW FILIPINOS?"
While some of her followers defended her on the replies section of the comment by pointing how Ashley and her family often donate to charitable causes, Ashley was also quick to respond on her own social media accounts. “Sigh. Another one of those people who look down on us who game for a living and think it’s no work and all play,” she wrote in a Facebook post.
She continued, “Excuse me but my body is literally failing already because of being overworked. So I believe I’m allowed to enjoy the fruits of my own labor and invest the funds that I’ve worked so damn hard for into something that could up the level of the content that I produce, coz you know, it’s 2020 and this job is a legit one FYI.”
The gamer also alluded to the criticism on a tweet the next day, writing, “Some people will see your journey as inspiration, and some will see it as ‘excessive flaunting.’ Can’t please everyone, indeed. But I’m glad I am appealing to the right kind.”
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