Urban dictionary defines haters as persons that simply cannot be happy for another person’s success. So rather than be happy they make a point of exposing a flaw in that person. Hating, the result of being a hater, is not exactly jealousy. The hater doesn’t really want to be the person he or she hates, rather the hater wants to knock someone else down a notch. Basher, on the other hand, according to UB is an individual who is unfriendly and/or commits harmful acts to group of people or an individual due to prejudice and/or ignorance.
In short, they go hand in hand.
The accidental conception of AlDub couple, composed of Alden Richards and Maine “Yaya Dub” Mendoza, produced bashers and haters that multiply like bad bacteria in a broken petri dish left unattended. Bashers who are not afraid to spout nonsensical things about Alden and Maine in defense of their idols. What did Alden and Maine ever do to their idols anyway? Bashers who are courageous enough to concoct outrageous rumors about the split-screen couple because they are cloak in anonymity. Bashers who love to sow discomfort and doubt among AlDub fans by pretending to be fans themselves. Happy lang na nakakasakit ng iba? Eh ano ba naman din kung resbakan sila ng AlDub Nation, di ba? Di naman sila makilala.
Does loving and supporting a particular idol or love team to the point of death really a reason enough for a fan/s to waste an hour, two hours, a whole day sitting in front of a computer or attacking your smartphones just so you can bash and hate AlDub? Does being a die-hard fan a right to attack artists you don’t like? Parang pasan niyo ang daigdig kung makabash kayo eh! Nakaka-bitter ba talaga isipin na yong sinasabi nyong wala pang napapatunayan eh naitaob ang mga idolo niyo? Pana-panahon lang naman kasi yan eh. For Alden and Maine, the right time has come to them to be on the spotlight now. So let them be. Let them enjoy the moment the same way your idols enjoyed their moments when they were the ones on top. Tuloy parang gusto kong isiping umaamin kayong pababa na nga ang mga idolo niyo kase nanggagalaiti kayo sa galit eh. Kung maka-bash kayo parang end of the world na no?
For the die-hard anti-fans, hear ye! while you are doing all these, while you are filling your heart with hate, while you are letting your prejudice show, while you are wasting your most productive hours, while you are being influenced by others to rant negativity, while you are busy digging some past wrong-doings of your idols’ competitions, are you improving your life? Are you becoming a better person? Are you being an exemplary fan? Are you being fair, at the least? Kasi ang pagiging fan dapat ikinakasaya hindi ginagawang tulay para mapaiksi ang buhay. Magkasakit kayo sa puso niyan tingnan natin kung dalawin yang burol niyo ng mga idolo ninyo.
The showbiz world is a big enough place for your idols, Alden and Maine to carve their own niche even without meeting for life. And the world is such a big place, that even if you clone your idols, Alden and Maine and scatter them everywhere, somewhere at some point in time they will still amass followers. Why? Because they each have something different to offer to all of us. It is just a matter of who we can relate to the best. It is just a matter of who can bring out the best in us as fans.
Love begets love. Respect begets respect. Yet in the world of Aldub fans harsh words from antis beget smiles and happiness. Minsan nakakalimot, pumapatol na rin sa mga talak ng iba diyan. Pasensiya naman tao lang din, nagmamahal, nasasaktan at may pinuprotektahan. I am not claiming the Aldub Nation is the best fandom to ever exist. A long, winding and rocky road is ahead of us and the dead end is still far into the unforeseeable future. But with Alden, Maine and EB Dabarkads at the helm of this fandom, I know deep in my heart that no matter how bumpy the ride is to the future, this fandom will leave legacies on the places where it will take a pit stop. Fact is, we are already starting….You know why? Because just like Alden and Maine, Aldub fans are AWESOME that way!
My last words on bashers and haters, Karma’s a bitch! Don’t ever give us the opportunity to sit down, relax and watch in pleasure how lady Karma gets back to you. If and when that happens… pinky swear, stamped, filed and kissed, I’ll pray for you sincerely. Really!
To the citizens of AlDub Nation, here, basahin po natin. Hindi para sa ekonomiya ng bansa kundi para maisaisip at maisapuso natin na ang pagiging fan ng AlDub ay may katuturan at may magandang kahahantungan. AlDub U all!
**********************************************************************************”Sometimes the things you want the most don’t happen and what you least expect happens. I don’t know – you meet thousands of people and none of them really touch you. And then you meet one person and your life is changed forever.”
Love & Other Drugs (2010) dir. Edward Zwick