desperate housewives insulted filipinos

October 7, 2007 8:19pm CST
A remark made on the fourth season premier episode of "Desperate HOusewives" Sunday night that belittles Philipine-educated doctors stirred Filipinos in the homeland and overseas into action, each one demanding an apology from producsers for what was deemend a racial slur. On Wednesday, the producers and ABC studios apologized. But many Filipinos said it was not enough, and are now threatening to boycott Desperate Housewives and ABC shows. "THe producers of Desperate Housewives and ABC Studios offer our sincere apology for any offense caused byt the brief reference in the season premiere. There was no intent to disparage the integrity of any aspect of the medical community in the pHIlippines. AS leaders in broadcast diversity, we are committed to presenting sensitive and respectful image of all communities featured in our programs," ABC studios said. The controversial scene showed Teri Hather's character (susan) at a hospital, being told by her gynecologist that she might be hitting menopause. Susan replied, "Okay, before we go any fiurther, can I check those diplomas? Coz I would just like to make sure they are not from some med school in the Phulippines." The storm protest was aparently started by Kevin Nadal, who describes himself as a "Filipino performing artist and activist," who on Monday circulated a petition in the internet demanding that the producers of desperate housewives apologize for the offending remark. Nadal is a university professor in New York. The petition jhad garnered almost 75,000 signatures from Filipinos and other nationalities all over the world. Ironically, Tei Hatcher was among those who signed. Hatcher was signatory number 17491. "This type of derogatory remark is not only unncecessary and hurtful, but is also unfounded, considering the presence of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans in the health care industry. Filipinos are the second largest immigrant population in the UNited Stated, with many entering the US and passing US LICENSING BOARDS as doctors, nurses and medical technicians. Infact, the Philippines produces more US nurses than any other country in the world. SO, to belittle the education, eperience aor value of Filipino Americans in health care is disrespectful and plain and simply ignorant". What do you think huh!
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• Philippines
8 Oct 07
i never watched the show. But surely if i had watched the show id be insulted myself. Filipinos are trying to work hard for their future and unconstructive critiscism is very hurtful for us. I mean we suffered to much just to get that goadl and when we are in it seems they still belittle us.
• United States
8 Oct 07
I agree with you and I do think they shouldn't have said that and was very wrong. My fiancé's sister is Filipino so we understand completely! -Lora