Netizen named JC Escañan @johnfeeler is getting slammed online for saying poverty is a choice, as everyone has the power to change his current situation, and blaming the government because you remain poor won’t help.
JC posted on Twitter: “Kung ako ba mahirap, gugustuhin ko bang mamuhay ng mahirap lang? Na mamatay na mahirap lang? Kung ako sasagot, HINDI. Poverty is a choice. You have the will to change the situation. Don’t blame the government you being poor.”
Another netizen named Sammy took the opposite view. As for Sammy, people are struggling just to make ends meet and while some get lucky enough to reverse their financial situation, most are stuck no matter how hard they try to fight poverty.
No. Poverty isn't a choice. Ppl keep struggling on trying to find a way to have a better life; perhaps, some are lucky enough to find it, but others are not, no matter what they do. STOP SAYING THAT POVERTY IS A CHOICE! NOBODY WOULD WANT/CHOOSE TO BECOME POOR FOR…E…VER!!! pic.twitter.com/b7VU4VdQcn
— Sammy ✨ (@_samyoungggg) April 7, 2020
Netizens also shared the same sentiments with Sammy that poverty is not a choice. They also said there is a difference between being poor and being a freeloader.
poverty isnt a choice. if you think THAT poverty is a choice, then maybe youre so clouded with neoliberal myths and ideals OR!!! you're just deluded by ur privilege. pic.twitter.com/OEuNxJ5Uny
— ann #OustDuterte (@lvnarmoons) April 7, 2020
Poverty is a choice. For some, maybe?
Poverty is not a fucking choice. Not everyone has the same connection, privileged and opportunity as you. Hardwork alone is not enough to survive in this fucking world.
On the other hand, being a freeloader – THAT'S A FUCKING CHOICE.
— Mr. Robot (@omgitsfelixx) April 7, 2020
Does "Poverty is a choice?"
Sino ba naman ang pipiliin at gugustuhin maging mahirap? Instead of pulling people down deep, why don't we lend a hand to help one another na umangat at makaahon. We don't know how privileged we are.
— Janela (@_itsmeiam) April 7, 2020
The enhanced community quarantine also showed that not everyone has the choice to stay home since a lot of people need to go out to earn a living every day.
Poverty is a choice?! WTF?? Not all poor people are poor because they are lazy or stupid. They are less privileged because they ddnt have the same oppurtunity or network that you had to make you succeed you. Check ur privilage mister u mtherfckr
— Ayooooon (@ayoooonman) April 7, 2020
Poverty is a choice?
We don't know how privileged we are. While u are reading this or while I am typing this, there are thousands of people who don't have the resources to just stay at home.
PLEASE BE IN SOMEONE ELSE'S STORM.
— Wildflower (@Nagini1326) April 7, 2020
"Poverty is a choice"
*No one will choose to become poor.
*For some reason they are already on their track to becoming one. In that sense, it was a choice made before them. https://t.co/5vw7SZiiE9
— Conate (@RobRob123457) April 7, 2020
What is happening………… Who would ever say that poverty is a choice……… Does anyone have the recap pic.twitter.com/luZmp8rDJi
— Justine LT Chua (@justineltchua) April 7, 2020
POVERTY IS NOT A FUCKING CHOICE. I have said this many times, and again for another way around, not everyone is given the opportunity and network that made the privileged's life prosper. "Poverty is a choice" my foot. pic.twitter.com/oyg5jMjrat
— Christy Prejido, Citadel || #PARASABAYAN (@mystlineee) April 7, 2020
POVERTY IS A CHOICE is the stupidest thing I’ve seen on twitter today! I dare you say it straight to our farmer’s faces who works tirelessly everyday just for you to have something to eat especially during this pandemic. 😡
— 𝐌𝐢𝐬𝐬 𝐊𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐳𝐲 (@krizzy_kalerqui) April 7, 2020
"Poverty is a choice."
It's not a choice when you were born poor. It's not a choice when people are depriving you with opportunities when you are trying really hard to better your condition. So, NO. IT'S NOT A CHOICE. You're misinformed & prolly blinded by your privileges.
— Riyan Portuguez (@riyanportuguez) April 7, 2020
It's easy to say that poverty is a choice when you have foods on your plates, noh? When you can have some midnight snacks while watching on Netflix, yeah? If you're well during this crisis, and got nothing good to say, shut your damn mouth.
— Hiraya (@heyitsmeraya) April 7, 2020
It can be recalled that even Unkabogable Star Vice Ganda firmly believes that poverty is not a choice, during the question and answer segment in Miss Q and A aired last September 12, 2019.
Here’s the statement of Vice Ganda:
“Ganyan din ako dati. Sinasabi ko na kung mahirap ka tapos lalo kang humirap or namatay kang mahirap, kasalanan mo. Pero ako ngayon, sa dami ng napapanuod at nababasa ko, nasasabi ko na hindi na rin laging kasalanan nung tao. Kasi maraming pagkakataon na kaya ka lalong humihirap kasi you are being deprived of opportunities.”