Magnificence Gonzalez drew criticisms for supposedly “exhibiting impunity and crassness” after she used equipment constructed from excavated gold eye and mouth covers on the lately held GMA Gala.
The actress attended the gala donning a nude corseted robe and accessorized with reworked gold items, as seen on her Instagram web page final Saturday, July 22.
“My search for [GMA Gala 2023] is an appreciation for Philippine Ancestral Gold,” she stated within the caption. “My centuries-old gold neck piece and earrings are excavated eye and mouth covers from distant locations like Butuan and Surigao…”
The actress additionally said that the items she was sporting are round 800 to a thousand years previous and that it may be seen within the Ayala Museum and the Nationwide Museum.
She additional stated in an interview with Philippine Leisure Portal in the course of the occasion that she wished to “showcase Philippine gold” and that doing so “actually speaks of who [she is].”
Gonzalez’s use of those gold items doesn’t sit proper with cultural critic and impartial curator Marian Pastor Roces, who slammed the actress via a Fb put up on Tuesday, July 25.
“Somebody inform this lady that the orifice covers she is paying ‘homage’ to are grave robber stuff. As a result of if these had been legally excavated, the items would belong to the Nationwide Museum or the Bangko Sentral,” Pastor stated.
“Or, if the items had been excavated a long time in the past and due to this fact privately owned by smart collectors earlier than present restrictions, the query nonetheless stays: why demise masks as necklace?” she continued. “Certain, the house owners have been lifeless for a thousand years. BUT.”
Pastor additionally described the act of sporting archaeological gold demise items and “flaunting extra” as “odious.”
“This vogue sufferer is sporting mouth and eye covers: round 10 of them. Which is to say that the necklace was customary from excavations of many people. That’s an astounding variety of desecrated graves!” Pastor wrote.
“How on earth is that this an homage, exhibiting impunity and crassness?” she added. “Ignorance (blended with conceitedness) can’t probably be modern.”
Some netizens agreed with Pastor’s sentiment, who additionally aired their dismay and “disgust” via the actress’ feedback part.
In the meantime, there have been others who praised Gonzalez for “highlighting” and “appreciating” Philippine ancestral gold.
Gonzalez has but to publicly touch upon the matter as of this writing. EDV
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