Facebook and YouTube superstar Nas Daily is in hot water for allegedly using Apo Whang-od, the last and oldest mambabatok, as one of the featured creators on Nas Academy without permission.
The Filipino artist’s grandniece Grace Palicas, through her Facebook account, called out the popular vlogging site.
“WARNING!!! Whang Od Academy is a scam. My grandmother did not sign any contract with @NasDaily to do any academy. Som (sic) people are taking advantage of our culture. PLEASE HELP US STOP this disrespect to the legacy of Apo Whang Od and the Butbot Tribe,” Palicas wrote on the Facebook group Tattooed by Apo Whang Od,” she wrote.
The post was followed with another one.
“Hello everyone. Whang Od Academy is not real. I spoke to her and she said she did not understand what the translators were saying. Am sorry to tell you she will not be joining the @nasdaily. I know you have good intentions of sharing our culture to the next generation. However our village concern is that some people are profiting and expointing our art and culture. I know you spoke to someone and gave some money and will share profits, but Apo Whang Od is not aware of your contract. Hope you sort this out. Thank you have a nice day,” she added.
NasAcademy.com has multiple creators, including Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and multi-awarded broadcast journalist Jessica Soho. It offers online courses to those who want to learn from industry professionals, experts, and practitioners.
As of this writing, the online creator has taken down the online course featuring Apo Whang-od after the call out. He has also removed posts about the mambabatok on his Facebook page.