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Lang Leav calls her published interview with ABS-CBN journalist ‘cringeworthy’

  • Lang Leav criticizes Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta’s article of her interview with the said best-selling poet
  • Support from fans poured over Lang Leav in her Twitter account
  • One netizen called out Lang Leav’s writing as lacking both in “style and substance”

Popular and bestselling poet Lang Leav lambasted an article on Tuesday by ABS-CBN writer Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta about the latter’s interview of her entitled “Leav and let live (What I learned from meeting Lang Leav).”

The chagrined author posted on her Twitter while quote-retweeting the article to which she was tagged, “Cringeworthy article. For the record, those string of pearls was a gift from my mother back when I was a starving artist. I wear it for luck at all my events. Perhaps, focus less on giving backhanded compliments and more on being a professional journalist.”

The string of pearls was in reference to Katigbak’s writing of a dream-sequence before the two of them even met and sat down for an interview.

“We’re like two slingers preparing to draw. Bohemian fringe, she sees me think, but moneyed enough for that string of pearls. Poet, she sees me raise an eyebrow, but a bestselling author. At that point in the dream, I waltz, Cherie Gil-like to where she’s seated. ‘You’re not a journalist,’ she tells me, ‘And you’re not a poet,’ I tell her,” the passage read.

Many fans came in support of Leav, a writer who was not unfamiliar of criticism and online discourse over her “verse” poems.

One fan who is also an author herself replied to Leav’s post with “What a painfully envious article. It is so sad when other artists choose bitterness over celebration. You deserve all of your success. You are a poet. You are amazing at what you do. A huge inspiration to me. People love poetry again. You’ve been a huge part of reviving it.”

“Thanks Maddy. Painfully obvious she came to the interview, with her mind already made up. These style over substance writers are the ones who are ruining literature. Language belongs to everyone. Not to a small, entitled few,” responded Leav.

But this reply was met with a scathing remark by a netizen, tweeting in all caps “Style over substance??? Ma’am you have neither,” which garnered a thousand likes.


Katigbak’s husband also came for the poet’s defense, replying to Leav’s comment, “‘These style over substance writers are the ones who are ruining literature.’ Critical thinking belongs to everyone—and every writer should be able to take criticism. Who is the entitled one, then?”

Written by Moneeze Bernardo

Hello! My name is Moneeze Bernardo, typically silent and a good listener. I'm good at being me and at the end of the day nobody is perfect and that's what makes life interesting. Oh! and I so love sunsets.

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