Have you heard of the DOH's "Gaga Girl" video. Well, a bunch of netizens hate it. We think we should all give it a chance...
Hey, Department of Health (DOH), we know you've nothing but good intentions, but your recent video about teen pregnancy is getting some flak from netizens!
And it's really easy to see why:
Video via Manila Philippines
The video, which talks about teen pregnancy, was uploaded on the DOH's official Facebook page last November 30. It has since been taken down (but has been uploaded to YouTube). The DOH hasn't issued a statement yet, but we guess it had something to do with social media reactions like these:
So, what was supposed to be an innocent public service announcement has become a PR nightmare for the government agency. Bummer.
To expound, many of the netizens' reactions are aimed at the video's use of derogatory terms such as "gaga" and "bobo."
Also, some are speculating that it's actually a rip-off of this K-Pop song:
Video via SMTOWN
And it doesn't really help that the whole things was done inside what looks to be a dingy gym.
Okay, okay. We get you guys and gals! But, since it's the holidays, can we maybe give it a chance? If you're looking for reasons to do so, here are several:
THE SONG IS CATCHY AS HECK
Rip-off or not, you have to admit that the song's LSS-worthy. And it's not just the tune; the crappy basic lyrics had our brains singing "Ga-ga-girl" hours after listening to it for the first time. That means it's stuck in our heads—which is a good thing for anything that's out to warn you of something (in this case, teen pregnancy).
For the parents out there who have teenage kids, don't feel bad if you catch them humming this song.
We give props to the cheerdance squad that performed the dances and stunts seen in the video. We mean, look:
It reminds us of the awesome rolls, and dives we saw at the last UAAP Cheerdance Competition! That alone means the boys and girls in the video worked their asses off and deserve an A for effort.
IT SHOWS TWO SIDES OF THE COIN
If you really listen to it, you'll notice that the song is like a running conversation between teens and parents. It's not bias of one side and shows that the young ones in the song are listening and not being spoiled brats.
It also gives teens the top reasons why they should avoid teen pregnancy (e.g. finish education first, not being prepared).
IT HAS GOOD INTENTIONS
We can't blame anyone for hating on the video. Yes, it kinda sucks. Heck, we ourselves couldn't help chuckle at its campiness.
At the end of the day though, the video just tells the youngins to avoid plunging head first into a bumpy situation (get it?). Hey, we'd like to think the DOH didn't do this for its own sake; but for the hormonally-enraged teens at risk of becoming ill-prepared, premature parents. In other words, this is for the country's future. #PatriotismYo!
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