Since former ‘Machachari’ actor Almasi started doing things that are seen as traditionally feminine there has been a steady drip of rumours that he is gay.
And these rumours have attracted homophobic comments on his Instagram page from people that are uncomfortable with how he chooses to live his life.
His gender-fluid fashion has also attracted relentless bullying but he hasn’t let the bullies grind him down. In some comments seen by Pulse Live, Almasi fended off the bullies with snappy comebacks.
To someone who called him a ‘gay ass n*gga’, Ian retorted with “Ugly ass n*gga.”
And when someone told him ‘awache umama’ Ian was quick to tell him off by writing “For someone who has ‘stay positive’ on your bio, you are very whack. Pelekea hiyo advice nyanyako.”
How Ian deals with criticism
While many people his age would feel defeated by this kind of bullying, Ian has disclosed that he really doesn’t care too much about the criticism, in fact, he embraces it and it makes him feel special. This is because he finds it flattering that someone would take time out of their day to provoke him with their negative comments.
He went on to explain that when you are destined for greatness, people will always try and drag you down plus many people don’t have the guts to tell him the mean things to his face anyway.
“Anytime you try to rise to the top, there is always going to be people trying to bring you down. If someone is not saying it to your face and using a social media platform to tell you something bad or something rude or negative then don’t pay attention to it. If someone truly means something negative they should have the confidence to say it to your face. If it is something they can’t say to your face, straight up, then you don’t need to care about it,” he said on his YouTube Channel.
He then explained that some people are just jealous because you are doing the things they wish they could do but do not have the guts to do.
“Also people will try to bring you down when they see you doing something they don’t have the balls to do. When they see you breaking the barriers, or not following the norm, they will always talk crap. Keep on doing you, keep on perfecting you,” Ian urged his followers.
The University of Kent student also addressed his gender-fluid fashion. “I don’t conform to rules, I wear what I like, I’ll do what I like and nobody is gonna tell me anything. People will talk badly but at the end of the day I’m going to live my life.”
“Don’t judge me, the only person who can judge me is God and imma do my thing because I know God is the only person who can judge me, ” the young actor said.