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Donnalyn Bartolome in the hot seat for uploading “life swap” video

Though having millions of views, her “24Hours Life Swap: Wealthy Family Poor Family” video gained a large amount of criticism.

  • Donnalyn Bartolome got backlash after uploading her latest life swap video.
  • She said that she did it because she wanted to teach her siblings a lesson.
  • Netizens heavily criticized the video saying that the poor do not exist for her to use as YouTube content.

On January 13, social media star and recording artist Donnalyn Bartolome uploaded a video on her YouTube channel. The content was about her and her siblings swapping lives with a less fortunate family.

Though having millions of views, her “24Hours Life Swap: Wealthy Family Poor Family” video gained a large amount of criticism.

Netizens have accused her of romanticizing poverty and using the poor for views and clout.

A Twitter user made a thread on the social media platform stating his thoughts about the video. He said that he found it very “unsettling” to watch and that Bartolome is ignorant to use the poor to gain views. Adding to this is the fact that the profit from the video will probably go to her own pocket.

“If your goal was to teach your siblings to be less spoiled, maybe not saying yes all the time is the easiest solution? I mean you were clearly able to do that in the video when you swapped lives, why can’t you do it normally?” he wrote.

“Dressing up as a ‘poor person’ and doing their daily routine for a day while having a camera around doesn’t represent their struggles.”

Other people told Bartolome that the existence of the poor is not for the well-off to realize their privilege.

https://twitter.com/paoloumpa/status/1219054029138907136

https://twitter.com/rhaelee/status/1218926470141104128

https://twitter.com/QuinnSlaylor/status/1219268973683863552

They added that it was also low of her to do such a thing just to teach a lesson to her siblings when she could’ve just done so at home.

In her video, Bartolome explained that there were some circumstances when she realized that her siblings were not as “selfless” as she’d hope they’d be. This is because the kids are used to always getting what they want, whether big or small.

“I think as guardians and parents, we have a duty to teach our kids or yung mga mas nakababata satin how to appreciate,” she said.


The video has surpassed 2.7 million views as of this writing.

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