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Solenn, nag-sorry sa ‘poverty porn’ post

Solenn Heussaff

MATAPOS tanggalin ang mga sagot niya sa bintang ng netizens na gumagamit siya ng “poverty porn” o pagpapakita ng kahirapan sa slum areas para bumenta ang kanyang paintings sa nalalapit na exhibit, nag-post ng paumanhin si Solenn Heussaff sa kanyang Instagram account kahapon.

Aniya, “I’ve been thinking a lot about the comments you guys left on the photo I posted. I know it sparked some debate and there were both good and bad takes on it.

“While I appreciate the encouragement some shared, I also want to apologize to those I have hurt. Wanted to shoot it in a typical street, those we drive by everyday. Streets full of life, since all my paintings are about the people we see. Not the rich or the poor but people for who they are. Humanity.

“The choice of painting was to show the environmental side. The abundance and balance of what life was, but also growth and hope. Though yes, art is subjective, and your thoughts made me more sensitive to different perspectives on my choice of setting (it wasnt a terrible marketing team, it was me, no one else to blame) and this really was a learning experience for me.

“It wasn’t my intention to hurt or offend anyone. It was my hope that I could lend my voice and my art to show the reality of Filipinos. This is the heart and inspiration of all my paintings, both old and new. I did not want to romanticize the poverty of the everyday Pinoy or the resiliency that we naturally have. I really hoped to honor our people by being truthful about the kind of life a lot of Filipinos live today and to show that Filipinos deserve better.

“Thank you for letting this be an eye-opener for me as well. And to those that I have offended, I am sorry.”

Ilan sa mga nagpakita ng suporta kay Solenn si Heart Evangelista, ang hipag niyang si Anne Curtis, fiance ni Angel Locsin na si Neil Arce, atbp.

Ang asawa namang si Nico Bolzico, nagkomento ng, “Your heart is the reason I fell in love with you. You inspire me everyday, as a wife, friend, mum, daughter, sister and artist. Love you bebu. Please never leave me!” na sinagot ni Solenn ng, “te amo! come home we miss you too much.”