Social media influencer gets flak for 'ignorant' comments on Jakarta Women's March

Management consultant Irfan Prawiradinata accused the Indonesian Women's March of copycatting the American movement and questioned its purpose, before later apologizing.

Karina Maharani

10:36:34am March 6, 2017

1:22:28pm March 6, 2017

WOMEN'S MARCH. One partcipant of the Women's March in Jakarta carries a poster saying "Men of quality don't fear equality." on Saturday, March 4. Photo by Ursula Florene/Rappler

WOMEN'S MARCH. One partcipant of the Women's March in Jakarta carries a poster saying "Men of quality don't fear equality." on Saturday, March 4. Photo by Ursula Florene/Rappler

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The Indonesian version of the Women's March on Saturday, March 4, which called for gender equality and women's rights, garnered largely positive responses from both participants and online observers. But not all were apparently impressed.

In a now deleted post, prominent netizen Irfan Prawiradinata took to Instagram to voice his discontent.

The 23-year-old management consultant, who had previously been declared one of Indonesia's 50 Most Eligible Bachelors by women's lifestyle magazine CLEO, accused the march of copycatting the American movement. 

He went on to dismiss catcalling, saying that the rickshaw drivers who call out "Hey, beautiful!" need education, not feminism. He further implied that those complaining about catcalling tended to be less attractive.

His comments initially seemed to receive a lot of support from his Instagram followers.

But it was not long before Women's March supporters got wind of his post and started criticizing what they perceived as his ignorance, including blogger Alexander Thian and sports columnist Pangeran Siahaan.



Others saw his post as proof of just why events like the Women's March need to be held.

Things got so heated that eventually Prawiradinata deleted the post and briefly set his account to private. When he made it public again, he posted the following apology.

In his apology, Prawaradinata acknowledged that he was wrong to belittle the Women's March, while also saying that he was cyberbullied because of his initial post. Many commenters accepted his apology, while others questioned his sincerity, claiming that he was "playing the victim."

What do you think about the comments? Let us know in the comments section below. —Rappler.com