Filipino vlogger Michelle Dy’s recent social media posts had triggered old feuds against fellow YouTubers and earned the ire of international beauty influencers.
The latest of these posts was Dy’s perceived “skin-shaming” Instagram story.
It all started when Dy attempted to clap back at her critics with an Instagram story for making a big deal out of every single detail in her new video. Social media users were able to capture it and share it before it expired.
Part of it read, “Problemahin niyo yong mga blackheads at pimples niyo mga besh, ‘wag ‘yong picture ko. Lahat nalang. Kalerks.”
People perceived Dy’s remarks to be derogatory and insensitive for those struggling with these skin problems, particularly teenagers who look up to her.
I’ve been struggling with acne for the past 7 years & it wasn’t easy. It has become one of my biggest insecurities that I could probably write a book about it.
I’m doing my best to have a better skin and to love myself despite it.
So to Michelle Dy,
STOP SKIN SHAMING, GIRL. pic.twitter.com/eYQ33nIT0m
— 다음문장 (@omegamingplus) August 17, 2018
This came just a few weeks after international makeup artist Jeffree Star accused her of copying an allegedly trademarked phrase. While it is likely that no active trademark exists, there could be a copyright concerns.
London-based skin advocate Em Ford was able to get hold of a copy of Dy’s controversial story. She then aired her own dismay over Dy with an English translation of the message.
This is everything that’s wrong with social media.
I am disappointed and saddened that someone would use their social platforms to skin shame *their own audience*. @michelle_dy, you’re in a position of privilege, with an impressionable audience… this is not okay. pic.twitter.com/2XS9YAYEKT
— Em Ford (@mypaleskinblog) August 18, 2018
“I am disappointed and saddened that someone would use their social platforms to skin shame their own audience,” Ford said on August 18.
Dy has a huge following in Southeast Asia, Ford pointed out in another post.
“If you received some of the thousands of emails I have from my viewers in that part of the world, you’d understand why I spoke out. It honestly breaks my heart,” the social media personality said.
Ford gained fame for her viral “You Look Disgusting” video in 2015, wherein she showed how bullying online can affect people’s confidence in real life.
Since then, she used her blog “My Pale Skin” to promote self-love to her followers.
Reviving an old bad blood
The same Instagram story of Dy opened up old wounds of fellow local beauty vlogger Ana Victorino who penned an open letter to school Dy and her “minions.”
Prior to this, there were speculations that Dy copied ideas from Victorino, also known as Ana V, two years ago and got away with it.
Victorino first tried to stop people from reviving this issue again on Facebook while not naming Dy in the post.
“Yes, I felt betrayed but you know what? I used that negative energy into something positive to grow into a better person. I’ve learned a valuable lesson to always be careful when going into business with your friends,” she said.
However, it did not end there. When the issue continued to rage online, Victorino then made an open letter to Dy, this time tagging her old friend’s account. She recalled how they were once close friends until they had to end their ties.
Yknow I said I got over the issue already hello that was what 1-2 years ago. What I couldn't take tho are your minions who are trying to sway me that it's not her fault. If it's not her fault, then who? ME? Bych wtf? She had a choice to betray me or not. pic.twitter.com/bFvzakkphT
— AnaVictorinoTV (@anavictorinotv) August 20, 2018
“Kaya sana next time, instead of dropping a bomb on your bashers, learn to forgive. Open you mind and heart. Baka sakaling tigilan ka ng bashers mo once and for all if you apologize to everyone you deeply affected,” part of the thread said.
Victorino also aired her opinion on the supposed skin-shaming Instagram story, saying Dy “should be sensitive to post about beauty-related stuff being a beauty blogger or influencer.”
Dy had also previously triggered an old feud with Anna Cay, another rising blogger when she posted their private exchange from two years ago. — Artwork by Uela Altar-Badayos