What I Think About Anne Curtis’ Bar Incident and Why I Still Love Her
Yesterday (Dec 1) , I was literally shocked when I heard about the latest controversy of Anne Curtis’ on PEP - a bar incident where she supposedly slapped some people including John Lloyd Cruz. I never imagined she could do those things, even on a smaller scale. But I guess that’s what alcohol can do to you.
Anne was obviously intoxicated and was not thinking clearly when she did those terrible things. She was very much drunk and like what she said in her apology text message to JM Rodriguez, one of the people she slapped, she "would never act like that in the right state of mind!". If Anne has done these acts consistently on several occasions (and while sober), then that’s a different story.
This issue spread like wildfire of course. Although there are a number of fans and supporters who understood the situation and has forgiven Anne, there are also a lot of people who chose to judge her, condemn her and say nasty things about her. I’m not letting Anne off the hook by saying it was not her fault and being drunk is enough excuse to slap a box-office king or the owner of the club you’re staying at. No, I’m not going to defend her by justifying what she did because what she did was really horribly wrong.
As a fan, it pains me to see people judging Anne and saying all these negative things about her. Some are even below-the-belt. I’m not going to deny the fact that I was very disappointed in what happened. But I’m not going to judge Anne and withdraw my love and support just because of that. Especially, when Anne has done necessary actions to amend the error of her ways.
I’m not celebrating the act she has done. That’s not what I’m proud of. I am proud of how she handled the situation and what she did to make things right. She did not take the easy way out or use any damage control tactics that some celebrities usually do like denying or avoiding the issue. She was brave and humble enough to admit the act, own up to her mistakes and apologize to the offended parties and to the public. Not a lot of people have the guts to do this and what she did was truly admirable. :)
We all make mistakes. Come on. Don’t tell me you haven’t done something bad. I have done some pretty unpleasant stuff in my 20 years of existence. Sometimes, I say some things I usually don’t say or shouldn’t say when I’m level-headed. Case in point: There are times when I would say something offensive to a friend when my emotions are high. Then, I would apologize and they would accept and forget the whole thing. It’s not as far-fetched as slapping people or telling them I can buy them (cause I can’t) but the thing is.. they’re still wrong. No matter how small that mistake is, it’s still sin.
"Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." (John 8:7)
Condemn the act, not the person. It’s easy to judge a person especially someone like Anne who has living in the limelight since forever. Ask yourself this. When you make a mistake (and trust me, you are bound to make mistakes unless you’re God), do you like people to write you off as a bad person completely and label you for that single act? Do you want to be condemned forever and not given the chance to make up for what you did and to change for the better? Do you want to stay at that position for life even if you already sincerely apologized and made amends? Also, do you want people to forget all the good things you have done in the past just because of a mistake or two? Are we all just going to discount all that good things Anne has done? How she makes people laugh and smile? How she encourages people to appreciate life? How she inspires people to dream? How she helps those in need especially during crucial times? How she makes this world a better place by spreading beauty? If we won’t be given the chance to redeem ourselves then we’re all screwed because we are all bound to miss the mark every now and then.
I have met Anne in person many times already and I only have good words for her. Apart from being stunningly gorgeous, she is a very sweet and kind girl. I have been her fan way back before she really hit super duper stardom status (before Showtime & No Other Woman) and I can truly say that she’s still very approachable and friendly until now. My experience of meeting Anne might be different from others. Who knows? But this is my own personal experience of meeting her. I’m not going to forget all her good qualities just because of one mistake which she has deeply regretted and apologized for.
We are all human and we all sin. Fortunately for us, there is hope and forgiveness. That’s the beauty of God’s grace and mercy, it’s never-ending and unconditional :). All you have to do is come to Him and He will always accept you no matter what. What is important is how we make up for the wrong we did, ask forgiveness from people we wronged and from God and we learn from our mistakes.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
And unlike people who constantly remind you of your sin, God frees you from this bondage and gives you a clean slate :)
Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” (Hebrews 10:17)
As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12)
To my fellow fans, just ignore those who continue to spread harsh comments about Anne or if you opt to defend Anne’s name, don’t do the same act of bashing that they’re doing. Do it the right, civilized and mature way.
To Anne, be strong and take heart in God’s Word. Don’t let the negativity from people sink in. You have done your part in apologizing and in making things right. Be relieved in knowing that God has forgiven you and that He doesn’t see the sin you committed when He looks at you. Instead, He sees a woman made beautiful and pure by His grace and mercy. :) This will all come to pass and things will be better. :)
"Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool." (Isaiah 1:18)
We love you very much and we will always be here for you. :) Sending you my hugs and kisses ❤