GMA Network & ASP reacted to the viral Boyet Challenge videos.
BOYET CHALLENGE – The GMA network and Autism Society Philippines (ASP) called out public to respect people with autism and stop making the trending challenge.
Ken Chan is the Kapuso actor who is impressively portraying the character of “Boyet” in the hit afternoon series “My Special Tatay”. Boyet is intellectually disabled and has mild Autism Spectrum Disorder and the actor is well-commended for his performance as a boy with autism.
The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) released a statement to the public to put an end to the challenge. Kapuso network has then released their statement as well stating that they did not initiate the controversial challenge and they are supporting the ASP’s request to “to stop sharing and creating videos ridiculing people with autism”, thus, stopping the said challenge.
Here is the full statement of the GMA network regarding the matter:
GMA Network aims to spread awareness and appreciation for mentally, physically, and differently-abled people through its Afternoon Prime series, My Special Tatay. From the start, the advocacy of the show is to help viewers understand better the plight of people with intellectual disabilities.
As such, we are one with the Autism Society Philippines in calling on netizens to treat people with autism with dignity and respect. The viral videos that have been circulating on social media tagged as “The Boyet Challenge” was not initiated by the program and we join the ASP’s appeal to stop sharing and creating videos ridiculing people with autism.
We are immensely grateful for the support the show has been receiving and we hope that it continues to inspire and impart valuable lessons to our Kapuso viewers.
What can you say about this?