People from creative expressed their disapproval regarding a tweet of Joseph Morong.
On the now deleted tweet, the Kapuso reporter said that “Art for money is not art.”
Some artists went to social media to criticize the said statement of the journalist.
It’s called “Artwork” because it entails labor, labor needs energy, materials so why on art would you say Paid Art is not art? @Joseph_Morong
— PinoyDigitalArtists (@artists_pinoy) September 18, 2020
To be fair, I made all of my commissioned works with care and I always try my best to surpass my clients’ expectations as I can. Art’s been with me since I was a kid, and I don’t solely do this for money. But as much as I want to do it for free, we need to eat and bills to pay.
— rin 🐾 COMMS FULL ᕦʕ •ᴥ•ʔᕤ (@rynpng) September 18, 2020
Such statement renders unnecessary wrong signals—this needed a careful elaboration. But still… what a low blow, Sir Joseph Morong… tsk. pic.twitter.com/cFDvvurAYf
— rhardo (@rhardo) September 19, 2020
Morong aired his side on his statement, where he explained that it rooted from his conversation with a friend who worked on a project for passion, but was able to get a grant from an institution.
Unfortunately, the proposed grant fell off, and the journalist shared that artists can be the only one who can put value on their work.