MANILA—Actress Solenn Heussaff apologized for her controversial art piece, which became the talk among the netizens and acknowledged her shortcomings which irked other netizens.
On March 3, Solenn posted on her Instagram an artistic shot featuring her painting taken at the slum area as the backdrop.
Some netizens reacted and accused Solenn for using poverty porn as selling point to promote her upcoming art exhibit.
The Kapuso actress was diligent in answering all the comments of the netizens to belie their accusations.
However, she deleted all her comments eventually.
When asked why she deleted them, the actress explained: “Because negativity is toxic. People who are quick to judge are toxic.
“That’s what happened to the world when social media became too easy to use.”
In the morning of March 4, Thursday, Solenn posted a long explanation on her socmed accounts. Her controversial posted has also been deleted.
Although there are divided opinions among the netizens, she still want to apologized to those who were affected. She stated: “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.”
Solenn explained where the concept of her controversial photo is coming from.
“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.”
Although art appreciation depends on the person viewing it, she said she has learned to become more sensitive about other people’s opinions. No one should be blamed for the concept of her painting because she was the one who thought about it.
“Though yes, art is subjective, and your thoughts made me more sensitive to different perspectives on my choice of setting (it wasn’t a terrible marketing team, it was me, no one else to blame) and this really was a learning experience for me.”
Solenn said she just wants to show the reality of life of the Filipinos. She has no bad intention.
“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.” (ECD/MTVN)