Jeric Medina, an “X Factor Philippines” alum, threw some major shade at Freestyle, a day after the OPM band was given a special tribute on “ASAP” last Sunday, March 18.
He wrote on Twitter, “Freestyle is FreeS**T without Jinky Vidal. She's the ONLY reason they ever got famous. Can't wait for the day they just stop and not ruin music anymore. Mediocracy is real.”
Jinky Vidal is Freestyle’s former female vocalist and was the voice behind the band’s many hits including “So Slow” and “’Til I Found You”.
It didn’t take long before the word got to Freestyle and their current female vocalist Ava Santos was quick to shoot a response to Jeric saying, "Whatever happened to taking the high road, bruh?"
Sweet Tiongson, a veteran singer from the vocal group The Company, took offense from Jeric’s opinion as well and a public message directed to him via Facebook.
“I have to do this. This is way too much. I am hurt for Freestyle and the industry,” she began.
“I am calling you out Mr. Jeric Medina. Hindi tayo close and I don't know you, but I guess I accepted your friend request (‘cause I'm sure I did NOT friend request you), because you are a fellow Musician in the industry. Whether you're a legend or a newbie, walang kaso ‘yun. Hindi ako magsusuplada dahil baguhan ka. Lahat tayo nagsimula somewhere,” Sweet continued.
She added, “Question lang, are you high? Or you're really just plain stupid-feeling-high-and- mighty-and-privileged-piece- of-s#*+??? Who are you to say this? Alam mo, magaling naman talaga si Jinky Vidal. And her time with Freestyle was glorious. But that doesn't mean the band is nothing now without her.”
“Ano ba alam mo sa pinagdaanan nila as a group? Ha?! Kilala mo ba bawat member and how hard they worked to keep the group together? Si Ava Santos na lead singer na nila, alam mo ba gaano siya kahusay? Gaano siya kasipag at gaano niya kamahal ang grupo at trabaho niya?” Sweet said. “Ikaw siguro mahusay din, pero dear, no matter how great you are, how rich and famous you are, if this is your character, HINDI KA TATAGAL SA INDUSTRIYA!!! (Oh wait! di ka pa pala famous).”
“You say, ‘they ruin music and they're mediocre’? Wow!!! Super slow clap for you… Nakakaloka ang pambabastos mo sa kapwa mo musiko sa industriya. What a shame! You still have a chance to man up! Take your tweet down, apologize publicly to the whole group and the whole music Industry!,” she wrote.
“Maliit ang ang mundo natin. I'm sure I will see you one day and when I see you, I hope you've changed! Paghusayan mo na lang craft mo. Maging masaya ka sa kung anong work meron ka, maging masaya ka sa kapwa mo musiko at mag-isip ka bago mag-post! Rumispeto!” she ended.
Sweet also mentioned on her post that Jeric has already deleted his earlier post. He followed it with an apology saying that his emotions just got to him.
“With the recent tribute to Freestyle, I wanted to lift Jinky up on a pedestal. She’s one of the most passionate singers out there and she deserves all the credit,” he said. “I’m sorry to those I have offended. I’m sorry to Freestyle & their fans.”