9 Feb – Director Darryl Yap has defended his production over the images depicted on the poster of his new movie, "Tililing", after several people including actress Liza Soberano expressed their disgust over the recently released poster.
The issue sparked recently, after Soberano shared an image of the poster in which its actors could be seen making stereotypical depiction of people with mental health problems, writing, "Really hoping that this movie will spread awareness and enlighten us on the struggles of dealing with mental health. But the poster? It's a no for me."
"Mental health is NOT a joke. Stop the stigma," she added.
Her views were also shared by several other netizens, who said that the images were disrespectful.
In response to the backlash, Yap released a statement on social media referring to Soberano and said, "Your hope that our film will shed light on expanding knowledge of mental health is not wasted, WE WILL NOT FAIL YOU. My actors in this film have gone through trials that have also strengthened their mental health. We are sure they will not accept a project that will ruin their principles and personality; My artists are smart."
Yap added that once people have watched the movie, they will understand the reason why he used the term "tililing" - which can be derogatory - as the title, why the actors were making those faces, and why they stand for the quality and message of the film.
The director stressed that just like Soberano, he is also a mental health advocate.
The upcoming movie stars Gina Pareño, Baron Geisler, Candy Pangilinan, Donnalyn Bartolome, Yumi Lacsamana, Cai Cortez and Chad Kinis.
(Photo Source: Darryl Yap Facebook)