Janella Salvador and Markus Paterson have called out people bashing online their son Jude's appearance, saying freedom of speech does not give people the "right to be rude."
The new parents went on social media to call out the netizens and warned the public to use social media with caution. "Your humor must be really f----d up to make fun of a baby," Salvador tweeted. "I can take all the bashing in the world directed at me with grace, but direct it at my innocent son and you’ll definitely hear from me."
One netizen shared a post by actress Erich Gonzales, who met Jude for the first time. "Jusko po panginoong mahabagin bat ganyan ang mukha ng batang yan," he wrote on Facebook.
Let’s be honest.— Markus (@markusrpaterson) April 7, 2021
I’m no stranger to bashing. But come for my son and I will come for you. People like this make me sick, wala pang isang taon anak ko and ya’ll making fun of a NEWBORN.
Not gonna erase the names, proud nyo eh. pic.twitter.com/4oc5zsuBAv
Soon after, the netizen's Facebook friends left nasty comments about the five-month old baby, which Paterson also shared screenshots of on his social media.
"People like this make me sick, wala pang isang taon anak ko and ya’ll making fun of a NEWBORN. Not gonna erase the names, proud nyo eh," he wrote.
The couple condemned the act, warning the bashers to learn from their mistakes and "be ready for your consequences." "I am prepared to do what is right by me and my son," Salvador added, while Paterson pleads: "Tigilan nyo na anak ko."
Social media, freedom of speech and having your own opinion DO NOT give you the right to be rude and to cyber-bully. Some of you really need to learn your lesson so be ready for your consequences. This is going to be my final tweet about the issue.— Janella Salvador (@superjanella) April 7, 2021
After the couple told the bashers off, one of the bashers apologized—both publicly and personally. "I've learned from this mistake and I will be a better person and be more mindful of what I say or do," he wrote on Facebook.
Salvador said that they have forgiven him, but also reminded people to be more "responsible and kind on social media."