Tito Sotto and Joey choice of Halloween costume on Eat Bulaga
If you look at Eat Bulaga’s Instagram account, commenters defended Joey De Leon and Senator Tito Sotto. One said the attire was “not Muslim holy costume,” but a “basic clothing ng kahit sino sa Arab countries.” Another said even Christians in Saudi wear such clothing.
“Its just a simple attire it has nothing to do with being a Muslim!!!” an Eat Bulaga defender said.
People wear Japanese. Sometimes kimono. Or the Korean dress. Halloween is dressing up as someone you are not. So that makes perfect sense.
Other commenter said: A senator, is a public servant who is supposed to make the people of one’s nation together as one no matter what religion, language, tribe or culture you have.. On these Halloween season, while a lot of people wear their scary witch, ghost and monster costumes, but this guy, an elected senator as you can see is wearing an Arab attire or a dress also used by Muslims who have recently performed Hajj as his Halloween costume.
How come that an Arab/Muslim attire has become a Halloween costume? How did it become scary? This government official clearly promotes Islamophobia on national tv that can possibly lead to division of people based on their faith or worse case scenario could lead on to a hate crime.. Islamophobia is one of the major problem of a lot of Muslims anywhere around the world, and this senator should not be promoting this hate and false information about Islam and Muslims but instead, make this country better by promoting peace and love to one another whatever your differences are.
According to news report, Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has asked noontime TV personalities to apologize to the country’s Muslim community, after a Halloween segment showing them on official Arabian garb on Saturday, drew flak on social media.