Netizens reacted to the trending video of Bimby Aquino during one of his mom, Kris Aquino’s Instagram vlogs.
In the vlog, Kris and Bimby were discussing Bimby’s future married life over Lechon. Bimby then said that his future would visit because of Kris’ bags, which made Bimby laugh.
Some noticed how he was covering his mouth with his hands while laughing, which some labeled feminine. Eventually, it led to some questioning Bimby’s sexuality.
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Netizens took to Twitter and defended Bimby.
This netizen notes Bimby’s gestures as his “Kris Aquinofication,” which implies that he got his mother’s mannerisms.
The Kris Aquinofication of Bimby
— yvesl❍ver (@hyperb4llad) March 5, 2021
Then, this netizen urged the public to let the 13-year-old boy be and stop picking on Bimby.
The number of people quoting this tweet and saying shit like "I always knew he's gay" or implies that Bimby is gay is disgusting. He's 13 years old, for Christ's sake. Let the child be. Some of you are adults already and you still have time to pick on a child's sexuality? https://t.co/DpZHCBF4wc
— Erin Broke Bitch (@gianverona) March 5, 2021
After that, this netizen chided those who assumed Bimby’s sexuality, urging others to think progressively since it is 2021 already.
Bimby just showed his feminine side and yall immediately assumed his sexuality? putangina 2021 na ganyan padin kayo magisip? Leave the kid alone.
— ‘tumn (@tumnb__) March 5, 2021
Also, these netizens called out others, noting that it’s not their business to question Bimby’s orientation.
Host and social media influencer Macoy Dubs also defended Bimby, noting that the Philippines still has a long way to go.
Long way to go Pinas. Pati mga straight at bakla di rin tinantanan si Bimby. Eh ano kung mannerism niya yun. And in all fairness kay Kristeta, progressive mom. Iba na lang, keri.
— Macoy Dubs #StopTheAttacks (@macoydubs1) March 5, 2021
Miss TransGlobal 2020 Mela Habijan also defended Bimby, urging people to let the boy enjoy his childhood.
One’s SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Expression) is none of our business. More importantly, one’s SOGIE must be respected and celebrated.
AND LET BIMBY BE A KID! LET HIM ENJOY HIS CHILDHOOD!
— Mela Franco Habijan (@missmelahabijan) March 5, 2021
This netizen also called out members of the LGBTQIA+ community and allies who are putting malicious intent on Bimby’s gestures.
part pa man din ng lgbtq community or "allied" tapos nilalagyan niyo ng malicious intent 'yun kilos ng bata
hayaan niyo 'yun bata??? tangina
— Poya (@poyaaachrstn) March 5, 2021
In an Instagram post on Sunday, March 7, Kris Aquino defended her children after they became targets of damaging comments online over the past week. She also gave a warning to her detractors on that they were “pushing [her] in the direction [they] are so obviously afraid [she] will take” by dragging her two sons into controversies and subjecting them to harassment.
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It’s not our place to dictate Bimby’s orientation. In fact, he just sent flowers to Miles Ocampo this past Valentine’s day. Earlier, he also said that he has a crush on Julia Barretto.
So dictating someone’s orientation because of gestures is an outdated idea. Nowadays, we have resources available to educate ourselves. We should use it to avoid damaging a minor’s developing psyche just because of mannerisms.
In Bimby’s own words, “Why would you judge a child?” And just as Kris said, “don’t be homophobic.”
y’ll should learn how Kris raised Bimby. STOP BEING HOMOPHOBIC! pic.twitter.com/mfoAWriGDf
— Joshhh (@_joooshhhh) March 5, 2021