Selena Gomez Is Over Trying To Be Made The Villain

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Selena Gomez’s reactions at the MTV VMAs led to hot takes and a wide array of thinkpieces. The way she responded to all the viral moments prove that she’s really over all of it and brings up an important discussion about celebrity social media discourse and public opinion.

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Whatever you think of all the Selena Gomez viral videos and hot takes about her VMAs appearance on social media, she’s over it. The multi-hyphenate’s reactions during the MTV Video Music Awards garnered plenty of attention, and all sorts of discourse has put her on the top of the trends list once again.


Selena went viral during Olivia Rodrigo’s VMAs performance, where the deja vu singer reenacted her vampire music video by staging a faux stage and pyrotechnic malfunction and Selena could be seen holding a hand to her ear. And of course, the narrative people on social media ran with was that she didn’t like Olivia’s performance.

People defended her, though, clarifying that Olivia’s set surprised and confused the audience, especially with the singer’s fake-worried reaction to her own stage. Selena herself commented on an Instagram post about her reaction, explaining “I heard a loud noise and it scared me.”

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Second, when she made a face at convicted assaulter Chris Brown’s nomination, she earned all sorts of reactions—mostly positive, though. She was praised for showing disapproval of the artist. And then she made headlines again when she commented on an iHeartRadio Australia Instagram post about the “incident” saying, “Who cares lol.”


Selena took to Instagram after all that to comment, saying, “I will never be a meme again. I’d rather sit still than be dragged for being myself. Much love.”

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Within a day, public opinion about Selena swayed so fast with just a few seconds of videos and some viral posts. And it’s happened many times to Selena before, her Francia Raisa incident among them.

And while it’s ironic she’s making headlines (even ours) after subtly (and perhaps inadvertently) shedding light on sensationalism, it’s worthy to have a discussion about the problem with going viral, unwarranted think-pieces, and pushing our own narratives on celebrities and everything we see on social media.


Selena has had a year in the spotlight. From the “beef” with Hailey Bieber, to being made a meme multiple times, the star has gone viral so often just for existing—as celebrities often do.

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And whether or not you like or care at all about Selena, all these instances beg the question of how easy it is for us to fall into the trap of basing our opinion of people and issues on what we see through a screen. Of course, a person’s actions do help form our opinion of them, but in the spotlight, at a time where anybody can post a photo or video without context and frame a moment however they like, our assumptions and hot takes are less grounded on actual facts and context and instead hinges on “what’s this account with thousands of followers implying?” or “what’s the majority of people saying?” for fear of getting cancelled.

Celebrities themselves can also frame a narrative however they like (they literally have teams of people advising and executing such plans), so it’s really been tough to critically examine things or form our own opinions when control of media and public opinion is so easy to take.

So, it’s kind of new and refreshing to see Selena herself take control of the narrative and stand her ground with the truth on her side. People are quick to turn unnecessarily cruel or perceive not just celebrities, but anyone they see online, not as people but as fodder for hate or gossip or think-pieces. The online world has become so tricky and exhausting that we really often need to take a step back and reexamine ourselves, our obsession with celebrities, and our social media consumption.

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9 Siblings Of Famous Personalities Who Are Stars In Their Own Right

They are the next generation of social media stars you should be keeping an eye on.

Superstars on their own accord, these social media personalities have proven that they are so much more than just siblings of a celebrity. Here’s why you should be taking notice of them now.

They say that when you have a famous sibling, it’s hard to get out of their shadow. Well, while this holds fairly true, these siblings prove the exact opposite. They may be related to some of the biggest social media and entertainment stars in the Philippines, but that does not mean they don’t have the star quality of their own. These nine people are slowly making a name for themselves out of their sibling’s shadow and proving that they have something to offer as well.

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Pay close attention, take notes, and get those double-taps ready, because they are no longer brothers and sisters of. Making a name for themselves, it’s about time we get to know them better.

Andie Gil

Andie Gil may not be a name you instantly remember, but you may have seen her with Enrique and Liza from time to time since she’s Enrique’s younger sibling. More than being his sister, she is slowly growing to be someone you should pay attention to. On her Instagram page, she posts pictures of her day-to-day life, especially expressing her love for BTS. Speaking of K-pop, you may have also seen her in a few of Liza’s YouTube videos, such as when they reacted to the music video of Dynamite. Aside from this, she is also the CMO of HKT Essentials and the co-founder of the health and wellness brand, Good Life Wellness.

Chesca Montano

It’s hard enough as it is to break out of the shadow of two celebrity parents, but it gets even harder when you have two sisters who are famous as well. Chesca Montano is showing though that can make a name for herself, too. The younger sibling Angelica and Sam Cruz, Chesca is slowly breaking out on her own thanks in no small part to her popular Instagram account, which has over 266k followers and her model-like beauty. On her page, if she isn’t posting aesthetic photos of herself, her family, or her pets, she’s sharing her impressive drawing and art skills.

Hannah Pangilinan

Hannah Pangilinan is that kind of girl you just want to be friends with and hang out 24/7. She comes off as relatable, smart, funny, and someone who is just good to be around. Donny Pangilinan’s younger sister had made a name for herself as a content creator on YouTube where she has been posting her blogs since 2016 and goes by the name Hannah Kathleen. As of late, she has been posting inspirational vlogs, episodes of her podcast, and song covers.

Jerry Cua MD

You may know Benedict Cua, so you will most likely know of his doctor brother, Jerry. Despite not following in his brother’s footsteps, strictly speaking at least, Jerry Cua has made a name for himself as evidenced by his 54k followers on Instagram over 134k subscribers on his YouTube channel, Doc Jerry. On his YouTube page, he posts a variety of videos from medical advice to his experiences as a doctor, general self-help videos, and his love of plants.

Kayla Aan Gorostiza

Kayla Aan Gorostiza is Andrea Brillantes’ older sister, and you can tell since she and Andrea are near identical to one another to the point you might mistake the two. She is as gorgeous as her sister and has already been a part of a few brand deals. If she isn’t sharing pictures on her 172k strong Instagram page showing sibling love to Andrea, she’s sharing a bit of herself and her academic achievements, too. (She graduated from San Beda in 2019.)

Mona Alawi

Ivana Alawi is one of the hottest stars right now and her younger sibling, Mona, is not far behind. Even though she is only 16 years old, Mona has already amassed over 3 million followers on Instagram. You may have seen Mona in some of Ivana’s YouTube videos though Mona does have her own channel with over 1.7 million subscribers. Just like her big sister, Mona has also been in her fair share of movies and TV shows and has a bright future ahead of her.

Nadine Howell Fanlo

Having a sibling who knows how to cook maybe one of the best things you can ask for and Rhian Ramos knows this firsthand thanks to her sister, Nadine Howell Fanlo. The two can pass off as twins and while Rhian is known for her acting, Nadine works in the food business and is a talented chef. She is the co-manager of Pedro Tap House, a bar and restaurant in Makati. On her Instagram page, she shares her food adventures, pictures of family, and videos of her making things like pasta and bread.

Natalia Guerrero

They say talent runs in the family and for the Guerreros, that most definitely holds true. Say hello to Natalia Guerrero who is showing signs that she is the next great dancer in the family. The youngest sibling of Ranz and Niana Guerrero, Natalia has been a scene-stealer whenever she dances with her two older siblings. She already has over 1.1 million followers on Instagram and 800k subscribers on her YouTube channel. It’s safe to say that Natalia could follow her siblings’ footsteps and be the next viral dancing sensation and social media darling.

Nate Punzalan

It could be argued that Janina Vela was one of the first to capitalize and grow in popularity as a modern YouTube content creator in the Philippines. It is no surprise then that Janina’s older brother, Nate Punzalan, decided to become a vlogger as well. What stands out for Nate though is that just a couple of years ago, he decided to stop making videos before he felt that the content he was making was more for his subscribers and sponsors and not for himself. He felt unfulfilled and decided to make videos that he wanted to make. His recent videos deal with him talking about serious topics like anxiety and burnout as well as of his life as a married man. Nate is also an inspirational speaker where he shares his experiences in the industry.

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Fans React To Ranz And Niana’s First Magazine Cover Shoot


Ranz Kyle and Niana Guerrero appeared on their first-ever magazine cover with NYLON Manila, and it’s the first time fans are seeing the dancing duo in editorial looks.

In case you missed it, we unveiled the first cover of Ranz and Niana last week, along with a 4-episode behind-the-series of their cover shoot on YouTube. Usually, Ranz Kyle and Niana are seen sporting trendy street style and their barest faces, so naturally, it came as a surprise to all to see them rocking a new look.

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From their editorial beauty looks to the inspiration behind their fashion looks, this milestone for the siblings definitely generated a buzz on social media. Here’s what the fans think of the cover shoot:


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A fan commented, requesting for a dance cover inspired by the 1999 game, Bust a Groove 2. It’s a Sony Playstation music and fighting game originally released in Japan, and honestly? We totally see it! The outfits and the vibes from the game exude the same energy as our cover stars.


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We all know that a good jacket is worth the investment. How much more a giant puffer jacket, right? No wonder they look expensive.


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A lot of fans have commented about this totally different side of Ranz and Niana, especially with their makeup looks. That was our goal—to shed them in a different light, but still remain true to their identities.


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Their loyal fans from the beginning were emotional for Ranz and Niana. Growing up in front of their eyes, it’s no surprise that they feel a sense of pride and happiness, seeing the siblings unlock new milestones.


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Being a tight-knit family means they are so much more comfortable when they conquer everything together. From celebrating 13 million subscribers on YouTube to being on a fashion magazine cover together, it’s so much better doing it with your partner-in-crime.