Donnalyn Bartolome was criticized after commenting her followers to be grateful for work after the holiday

After telling her followers to simply be “grateful” for having a job despite returning to work after the Christmas season, Donnalyn Bartolome has once again drawn the wrath of internet users.

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, Bartolome posted on her Facebook page that she was “feeling lucky” to be back at work and encouraged internet users to “alter” their outlook for the new year. The vlogger said that even though people returned to work after the holidays and the New Year, they should be grateful because having a job is a “gift.”

After telling her followers to simply be “grateful” for having a job despite returning to work after the Christmas season, Donnalyn Bartolome has once again drawn the wrath of internet users.

“Why is anyone sad because it’s back to work? Shouldn’t you be happy because you have a chance to improve your life and that of your family? I even travel with work on January 1 because my superstition is that I have work all year long then. You should be grateful because there is work,” she said.

(Why are you feeling sad about going back to work? You should be happy because you have another chance to improve your own life, as well as your family? For me, I prefer working on January 1 since I adhere to the superstitious belief that I’ll be working for the whole year anyway. You should be grateful for having work.)

The vlogger also clarified her statement is merely a “reminder” to her followers on social media.

Donnalyn Bartolome has once again earned the ire of netizens after advising her followers to just be “grateful” for having a job despite returning to work after the holiday season.

Bartolome revealed that she’s “feeling lucky” to return to work on her Facebook page on Tuesday, Jan. 3, and advised netizens to “change” their mindset this new year. Despite coming back to work after Christmas and New Year, the vlogger noted that employees should be thankful because having a job is a “blessing.”

“Why is anyone sad because it’s back to work? Shouldn’t you be happy because you have a chance to improve your life and that of your family? I even travel with work on January 1 because my superstition is that I have work all year long then. You should be grateful because there is work,” she said.

(Why are you feeling sad about going back to work? You should be happy because you have another chance to improve your own life, as well as your family? For me, I prefer working on January 1 since I adhere to the superstitious belief that I’ll be working for the whole year anyway. You should be grateful for having work.)

 

The vlogger also clarified her statement is merely a “reminder” to her foll

“If work makes you unhappy, I hope you find a job that will. Yung pakikiligin ka and sheet [emoji] Anyway, this is just a reminder that having a job is a blessing bessss change mindset, it’s 2023,” she added.

(If work makes you unhappy, I hope you find a job that makes you happy. Anyway, this is just a reminder that having a job is a blessing. Bes, change your mindset. It’s 2023.)

Bartolome’s post caught the attention of netizens, particularly on Facebook and Twitter, with some calling her out for being “privileged” and “out of touch with the plight of everyday Filipinos.”

“So-called ‘influencers’ like Donnalyn Bartolome [are] the kind of person that [obviously] out of touch with the plight of everyday Filipinos. Although I don’t totally disagree with her opinions, her sentiments are coming from a place of privilege and sadly came out as toxic positivity,” one @joshuaceefox said.

Facebook user Jay-ar Nicolas said it’s better to feel “positive” about coming back to work if everyday Filipinos are blessed with “good governance.”

“Go out at 6pm, some buses/jeeps/MRT will take 2hrs 8pm it’s still crowded. Traffic 1-2hrs your flight. You will reach home by 10-11pm. then on minimum wage… Imagine Ms. Donnalyn every scenario of every Pinoy, who would be happy to go in every day for our compatriots in this situation,” they said.

(Imagine logging out of work at 6 p.m., riding a bus, jeep, or MRT after lining up for two hours, and being stuck in traffic for one to two hours. You’ll probably be at home at around 10 or 11 p.m., then you’re earning minimum wage. Ms. Donnalyn, imagine this being the daily scenarios of Filipinos. Who would feel happy to go back to work when you’re faced with this situation on a day-to-day basis?)

Meanwhile, one Dhayanna Lou agreed with Bartolome, saying netizens should be grateful for “having a job.”

One Eun Ice, on the other hand, thanked Bartolome for the reminder. “Not really sad but you made me realize that having a work is a blessing. Even a minimum wage earner at malaking gastos sa araw araw but still I see myself as a grateful one to have a job,” they said.

“SIS, ARE YOU WELL-COMPENSATED AND EARN MILLIONS OF COURSE YOU FEEL LUCKY,” another netizen, Venilyn Dano, stated.

(Sis, of course you’ll feel lucky because you’re well-compensated and earn millions in your job.)

Despite not mentioning Bartolome, “Drag Race Philippines” season 1 finalist Eva Le Queen said advising wage earners to be grateful is an “arrogant and privileged” take.

The vlogger previously drew criticisms on social media for holding a “kanto” birthday party in August 2022, as well as a sexy baby-themed photoshoot in July 2022. She eventually apologized for the latter, saying that it was an “honest mistake.”