YouTube vlogger Lars Pacheco has issued an apology after a video of her allegedly sexualizing one of BTS’ members caught the ire of the superstar K-pop boyband’s fans, also known as ARMY.
On Tuesday, the former Miss Q&A finalist of It’s Showtime made it to Twitter’s list of trending topics after netizens called her out for posting a video where she wore a red towel and seemingly untied it in front of the TV screen where V or Kim Taehyung’s face from BTS’ Butter music video could be seen.
The video, which was captioned “Di ko na kailangan pumila sa BTS,” was already taken down, but netizens were able to get screenshots and shared them on social media, calling Lars’ action as “disgusting”.
In a Facebook post, Lars said sorry for “those who were offended” by the video, saying that it was for “entertainment purposes” only, which appeared to have made fans more furious.
Lars then posted on her Facebook page that has 1.4 million followers a video of her with her boyfriend Clyde to apologize to BTS’ fans over the controversial video.
“I have no intentions to sexualize him, ‘bastusin’ or manyakin siya. It’s just that akala namin it will appear funny and nakakatuwa. Ganyan. Akala namin matutuwa kayo. So, hindi ko alam, and without my intention, it appears to be sexualizing someone,” said Lars.
“Pero ang gusto ko lang pong linawin is hindi ko po sinexualize si V. Wala po akong balak gawin ‘yun dahil nasa harapan ko po ang boyfriend ko. Si Clyde po ang nag-video sa akin nun.”
Clyde also came to Lars’ defense, claiming that they were only trying to spread “good vibes” with the video.
“Hindi po ‘yun yung gusto iparating namin sa inyo na binababoy namin siya, na binabastos namin. Ang gusto lang po namin talaga iparating sa inyo is, para mapatawa lang kayo kahit papano. Good vibes good vibes lang,” he said.
Lars went on to add that she will take responsibility for her actions.
“Mali na hindi lumabas kung ano ‘yung intensyon naming ipalabas. Akala namin magiging funny, but it appears to be negative. So, I’ll take responsibility for that. Pasensiya na po kayo kung ganoon ang kinalabasan,” said Lars.
“Sobrang pasensya na po kayo, kung ganun po ang kinalabasan, na-offend kayo, nasaktan kayo, at feeling niyo po nabastos ko po ang idol niyo, pero sobrang sorry po pero hindi po ‘yun ang intensyon namin.
“Alam ko na maling-mali ‘yung ginawa ko. Maling way. May mga batang nanonood. I’ll take note of that.”
Aside from BTS’s fans, Lars also offered her apologies to V.
“Kailangan ko ding mag-sorry sa ‘baby’ ko. Sobrang sorry din kasi parang nagamit siya for content. Sabi ko nga, I would admit, and I would take responsibility as a content creator mayroon din kaming mga contents na hindi maganda, and hindi namin alam na hindi lalabas na maganda,” she said.
Lars also addressed those who wished ill on her for her wrongdoing.
“Wag niyo naman po akong i-wish na mamatay naman. Parang hindi naman na po tama ‘yun. Nagkamali po ako pero hindi po ‘yun dahilan para i-down niyo po ang mga tao.”
The trans woman social media personality first rose to popularity following her stint in the It’s Showtime Miss Q and A contest in 2018.
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