'Privileged': Vice Ganda defends shopping spree, calls out 'feeling woke' netizens

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 20) — 'Unkabogable' star Vice Ganda defended himself in a Twitter word war after he was bashed for excitedly sharing her shopping plans as millions of Filipinos remain trapped in poverty.

Some netizens flagged Vice for being insensitive and reeking of privilege.

A netizen even went to recalling some of Vice's political leanings.

The mixed reactions prompted Vice to do a series of tweets after he landed in Canada for his concert.

The tweet that was meant to silence his critics received more backlash for undermining other workers who aren't as successful as him. One netizen reminded Vice of his own remarks that there are many persevering workers who aren't given opportunities.

The TV host went on sharing screenshots of tweets calling him out for his supposed insensitivity and bragging about his privileged life. Vice labeled them as "woke-wokean" or trying to be woke. "Woke" is a millennial term that refers to a person who is aware of the issues around them.

Vice ended his series of tweets by talking about empathy.

Vice is one of the hosts of ABS-CBN's noontime show "It's Showtime." He is also behind the blockbuster movies "Praybeyt Benjamin" and "Fantastica."