- Grab Philippines draws flak for using Gerald Anderson issue for its new promo
- Grab slammed for ‘normalizing’ cheating
After receiving flak, ride-hailing firm Grab Philippines took down its post that featured Kapamilya stars Julia Barretto, Maja Salvador, Pia Wurtzbach, Kim Chiu, Sarah Geronimo, and Bea Alonzo with the caption: “Walang kailangang maiwan. Walang kailangang masaktan. Sa GrabCar 6-seater, pwedeng magsabay-sabay.”
The six actresses have all been linked one time or another to Gerald Anderson who is currently the subject of cheating rumors.
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The post immediately gained thousands of reactions, mostly negative for being insensitive and offensive.
Hindi po piece of entertainment at promotional opportunity ang mga heartaches ng mga madam @grabph
Try nyo kayang ishame yung mga ser jan na paulit-ulit manloko nang maiba naman. Cancel ride! pic.twitter.com/FzQGB9sxWJ
— Madam Satsat (@MadamSatsat) July 23, 2019
.@grabph , what is this? No, that's a rhetorical question. Why do you think it's funny to make fun of someone's pain? We all know the background of this joke or an ad or whatever but it's not funny. Stop normalizing cheating. pic.twitter.com/Uo7ucKLBQ2
— Ashley Cruz (@AlyssaAshleyC) July 23, 2019
@grabph it's cool you're trying to be witty and relevant and all…but it's one thing to join the netizens in this meme reaction bandwagon and TOTALLY another to profit from it by making it an instant free "ADVERTISEMENT", unless, paid talents mo yung mga artists na nasa picture? pic.twitter.com/HtWaKJwSuH
— 🅹🅾🆈 (@ecyoj_ilegna) July 23, 2019
If I have to explain to @grabph why this is crude and done in bad taste, then your social media content team is out of touch with today's sensibilities.
— Nathaniel Dela Cruz (@natzmyname) July 23, 2019
On a Scale of 1 to Gerald, how likely are you to ride this? 😏 charot! Lagot ka Grab! Thi is so unprofessional! #grab #grabbingissuetopromoteGrab#GeraldAnderson #JuliaBarretto #BeaAlonzo pic.twitter.com/2vxOVGcdIt
— 🐬 (@ronadars) July 23, 2019
so uhhhhh Grab posted a collage of pics of Gerald’s exes and basically said “sa 6-seater, pwede sabay-sabayin”….. what the actual fuck???
— CL 🍅 COMMISSIONS OPEN!! (@calemonsi) July 23, 2019
huwag kasi masyadong pabibo sa social media marketing. think before you click. https://t.co/L961MHLiiT
— Lynda Jumilla-Abalos (@lyndajumilla) July 23, 2019
The transport network company immediately posted an apology.
“We apologize for running the light! We were in no way encouraging nor condoning disrespect for women and disrespect within relationships. We admire the love and loyalty that fans have for all these wonderful women. Thank you for reminding us what not to be,” the firm said.
— Grab Philippines (@grabph) July 23, 2019
Last Sunday, Alonzo, Anderson’s girlfriend of almost three years, made cryptic posts on Instagram, alluding to betrayal. While she didn’t say who she was posting about, eagle-eyed fans noticed Bea had liked the Instagram post about Gerald spending time with another celebrity, Julia Barretto. Previous women linked to Anderson were also brought up again.