Netizens call out Joey de Leon for remark on depression, Maine Mendoza praised

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Veteran comedian Joey de Leon (left) with "Eat Bulaga" co-star Maine Mendoza (file)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 5) — "Eat Bulaga" host Joey de Leon trended on Twitter Thursday afternoon for his remarks on depression.

In the segment "Juan for all, all for Juan," hosts Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Alden Richards, and Maine Mendoza visited the house of a chosen contestant, who revealed she has depression.

Mendoza then said "Hindi biro yun ah, yung depression (Depression is not a joke)."

"Hindi siya joke kasi maraming nakakaranas ng ganon, lalo na sa mga kabataan. kaya dapat kapag may nakakaranas ng ganon, bigyan natin ng suporta," she added.

[Translation: It's not a joke because many people experience it, especially the youth. So if someone has depression, we should support them.]

De Leon, who was in the studio, interjected with a quip, saying the contestant is just making up her depression.

"Hindi, wag niyong suportahan, gawa-gawa lang niya yun, pabayaan niyo…nagpapasosyal lang," de Leon said.

[Translation: No, don't support it, it's just made up, let it be…it's just drawing attention.]

De Leon also noted the difference on how the rich and the poor handle mental health issues.

"Pag mayaman, depression. Pag mahirap, wala, wala ka nang pag-asa sa buhay," he said.

[Translation: If you're rich, depression. If you're poor, you have no hope in life.]

De Leon's remarks did not sit well with netizens, who called out the noontime show host for his comments on depression.

Mr. Joey De Leon, depression is not a joke. Stop treating it like a trend. People are actually suffering from it, including me.

— AK (@akitabaquero) October 5, 2017

Many netizens lauded Maine Mendoza for taking a stand for depression.

Kudos to Maine Mendoza for taking a stand against Joey De Leon when he said that depression is "gawa-gawa lang" on national television.

— Keith (@keitpao) October 5, 2017

Props to Maine for making a stand against Joey De Leon's ignorant and insensitive statement against depression

— A; (@offofunofficial) October 5, 2017