Donnalyn Bartolome is being slammed for throwing a “kanto-themed” birthday party, though the vlogger said the theme was “not just a concept” but her life years ago.
Bartolomé’s birthday party was a roadside party that included street food, one-piece chairs, karaoke, and a burnt rice cake. The guests, who all wore simple clothes, included fellow vloggers and celebrities Mikee Quintos, Paul Salas, Zeinab Harake, Jelai Andres, Mika Salamanca and Ella Cruz, as seen on her Facebook page on Sunday, August 14.
“Pinakasimple pero pinakamasayang birthday ko (My simplest but happiest birthday). My Kanto birthday party is not just a concept, it was my life when I left home abroad where my life was comfortable,” she explained.
For Bartolomé, her life when she arrived in the Philippines was an “adventure” although it was difficult, so she wanted to “relive” those moments in her life.
THANK YOU FOR MAKING US #1 TRENDING ON ITS FIRST DAY!! Pinakasimple pero pinakamasayang birthday ko.. My Kanto…
Posted by Donnalyn on Sunday, August 14, 2022
Prior to that, Bartolome also posted a vlog about his “kanto birthday party” via his YouTube channel on August 11. It drew mixed reactions from netizens, with some calling Bartolome’s birthday theme “irresponsible.”
“When you romanticize poverty, you allow corrupt officials to take away their responsibility, allow bad traffic, you allow things that are the result of a societal problem caused by government neglect, without adding the capitalist system who exploits us all. The memory thing? It’s a selfish excuse for an irresponsible statement to the public,” one @jtartsea said.
My take on Donnalyn Bartolome’s Kanto themed party. (Take the time to read)
My opinion, Jet Alberto. pic.twitter.com/opCr0PODIg
— jt (@jtartsea) August 15, 2022
“When the poor celebrate, they are called ‘cheap’ and ‘jejemon’ because they don’t have enough food on their table.[…] Meanwhile, Donnalyn is seen as ‘humble’ and ‘condemned’ for momentarily pretending to be poor,” said fellow netizen Joum Malonosan.
A simple way to understand the inherent classism and double standards of Donnalyn Bartolome’s “Birthday sa Kanto” theme….
Posted by Joum Malonosan on Sunday, August 14, 2022
“It’s actually crazy how disconnected people can be when they’re rich… It’s not a theme for most people but their reality. This is the same girl who did this rich and poor family swap, like she’s seriously acting like poverty is a costume she can put on for fun,” one @gabbivillarama lamented.
it’s really crazy how disconnected people can be when they’re rich…it’s not a theme for most people but their reality. this is the same girl who did this rich and poor family swap too like she seriously acts like poverty is a costume she can put on for fun 😭 https://t.co/lBfnMsfuni pic.twitter.com/6eZG4TMzP9
— gabbi📓 (@gabbivillarama) August 15, 2022
Bartolomé was also recently arraigned for ‘activating pedophile culture’ due to her sexy baby-themed photo shoot last month. The vlogger has since apologized for said shoot and admitted it was an “honest mistake” on his part. /ra
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