Bretman Rock, Manny MUA call out Leyte university for controversial poster; school apologizes

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Metro Manina (CNN Philippines, January 17) — Internet sensation Bretman Rock and beauty blogger Manuel Gutierrez, more popularly known as Manny MUA, on Thursday called out a university in Leyte for using their photos as examples of "improper grooming for men."

A poster bearing the logo of Leyte Normal University (LNU) made rounds online after some netizens noticed Rock and Gutierrez's images on it. The poster shows the school's dress code for students, with having beard, as well as wearing earrings, makeup, and feminine clothes marked as "improper grooming for men." A portrait of Gutierrez glammed up in full makeup and a cropped image of Rock in a girlish outfit were included in the poster.

The two took to Twitter to react on the poster.

"I've been tagged in this so much today... yes that's me... yes they're using me as an example of what NOT to do at school... a school having a problem with a man wearing makeup? Shockinggggg," Manny tweeted, with emojis of a face with rolling eyes and a facepalming man.

Filipino-American Rock, meanwhile, questioned how looking effeminate affects a student's study.

"First of all, my outfit is so cute... and second of all how will wearing that affect a [student's] learning, and why that picture I have cuter [look] lol," Rock said.

LNU apologizes

In a statement posted by the school's student council on Facebook, LNU's Office of Students Affairs (OSA) apologized to Rock and Gutierrez, as well as to others whose images appeared in the poster.

"It is with deepest regret that in the University's effort to [instill] discipline among our students, according to our culture, the Office of Students Affairs of this University was able to publish a poster regarding dress code of our students which inadvertently was able to include [images] of yours (Rock and Gutierrez's) and others," Jacqueline Espina, head of LNU OSA, said.

While LNU is "saddened that this has to happen," Espina said the inclusion of the two in the poster "was done without malicious intention of maligning" them.

She said the school's head had issued a memorandum asking its students, faculty, and employees to stop sharing the poster, adding that the post had already been taken down.

Espina said LNU had "emailed" its apology to Rock and Gutierrez.