Gerald Anderson lashed back at people who use his portrayal of "Budoy" as a way to mock him, saying he will be forever proud of his role that raised awareness about children with special needs.
In the 2011 series "Budoy," Gerald played the role of a man living with the Angelman Syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes delayed development and problems with speech and balance, among others.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Gerald said he considers his portrayal of the titular character as the highlight not only of his career but also of his life, as it changed his overall perspective as a human being.
"Na-expose kung ano ‘yung hirap na pinagdadaanan ng pamilya na may special child,” he said. “It just shows how positive they are compared sa mas may kakayahan sa pag-iisip. Kumbaga, kahit ano ‘yung pinagdadaanan nila, nakangiti pa rin," he said.
There were even times during the show's 2011 run when parents of children with special needs approached him to say how important the show was in educating Filipinos about developmental and congenital conditions.
Asked about the bashers who frequently use "Budoy" to demean him, Gerald said it disappoints him how some people can stomach using the character of a special child as an insult to another person.
“Iyong magbigay ng hate — even not using Budoy — it shows your character. [But] for you to use the character of Budoy, isang special child… Paano mo nata-type ‘yun? Ano’ng tumatakbo sa isip mo para mag-hate ka and use ‘yung ganoong klaseng tao to get back at me for whatever reason kung bakit ayaw mo sa akin?”
Gerald doesn't mind being called "Budoy" even if it's the bashers who call him that. "I’ll forever be proud of Budoy," he stressed.
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