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X (Twitter) user calls out Gen Z for pirating ‘Inside Out 2,’ ends up opening divisive convo on piracy in PH

Following the release of “Inside Out 2,” issues of boycotting have risen on social media.

Some people were ‘canceled’ from watching the film in cinemas amidst their online participation to call for the freedom of Palestine, while others opted to watch it on illegal websites to avoid supporting Disney and its subsidiary, Pixar.

Now, a social media figure featured a TikTok content creator on X (formerly known as Twitter) who found a pirated version of the movie.

He captioned, “A Gen Z showing off on TikTok that he found a link to a pirated copy of Inside Out 2. And this one got >344,800 likes so far. Tama ba ito [Is this right]?!”

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via X

He added, “Okay, boycott Disney. But this still does NOT justify piracy or promoting pirated content. Also, maybe don’t watch Inside Out 2 at all—even the pirated version???”

The tweet received various comments reflecting different insights.

“Not surprised by this. I don’t think Filipinos think of stealing as a crime. Heck, we even put criminals and thieves in government seats. ” One user commented.

Another responded, “Piracy is rampant where access to entertainment and services more than what people are willing to pay them for. I am not saying it’s right but the condition in the Philippines is rife for this to happen.”

One user quote-retweeted and attached a photo of pirated DVD’s.

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via X

On Facebook, others have shared their opinions, emphasizing that watching from unofficial platforms is not a crime.

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As the author’s tweet blew up, some social media users found out that he initially watched the film in cinemas.

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via X

The same user also quoted Lav Diaz, a well-known Filipino independent filmmaker, who said that piracy is part of the “cultural revolution” in our country and that it is “socialist” and “equalitarian.” He previously argued that “piracy” is one of the main reasons why certain films reach people in the Philippines.

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Lav Diaz
via X

In a now-deleted Facebook post, he shared a good review of the movie yet snapped at other Gen Z due to their inappropriate actions inside the cinema. “Having said all that, Inside Out 2 is another Pixar tearjerker (I always say that an excellent Pixar film is one that makes me cry). Go watch!” he wrote.

As far as boycotting Disney goes, other users believe that people can simply choose not to watch the movie without exacerbating piracy in the country.


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