Were you insulted?

@oyenkai (4396)
Philippines
May 22, 2009 3:58am CST
Heard about Alec Baldwin's joke about getting a Filipino mail-order bride and Senator Ramon Revilla reacting to that joke? I think it was an over reaction on the Senator's side. It was joke... It was actually a FUNNY joke and I don't think anyone was insulted. See: http://is.gd/Cjkd The senator said that Baldwin's joke is an insult to millions of Filipinos - do you agree? I'm sure I wasn't insulted at all.
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@bjcyrix (6907)
• Philippines
22 May 09
I know its a joke and Im really not insulted by it. I think most people are just too overly sensitive when it comes to being joked about. Sure there are those jokes that are really more of an insult than a joke but this time, with Alec Baldwin's statement, he did not singularly joke about the Filipino, I think he also mentioned about Russian mail order brides. We dont see the Russian government being flipped because of such statement. Actually, Im more affected with how the majority of people react to any or all comments about 'Filipino'. I think most are just too overly sensitive about the matter and the Filipino pride is sometimes too huge that its suffocating. Dont get me wrong. Im still a Filipino through and through but sometimes, tone down your reactions. Make it on an appropriate place and time.
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@oyenkai (4396)
• Philippines
25 May 09
"appropriate place and time" well said! That was perfectly stated. I'm kinda scared that our Kabayan would get carried away with the reactions by personalities and start thinking that it's some sort of a fad or cult to be overtly protective of our pride.
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@bjcyrix (6907)
• Philippines
25 May 09
Yep, that is so. Sigh.. hope the way they deal with 'being carried away' still have some class. Anyway, I guess we just have to live and learn.
@MisterPlus (1915)
• Philippines
26 May 09
In some ways I am thankful to people like Baldwin and some TV series episodes in the US whenever they mention bad rumors or comments about the Filipinos. Their comments have helped Filipinos think " Am I what he mentioned." I notice that Filipinos don't want to part of any joke. But I guess, our politician is the one Big joke on us tax payers.
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@oyenkai (4396)
• Philippines
27 May 09
You're right. We do often realize the good and the awful things we have based on what people from the outside see in us. And you certainly hit the right spot on your last statement. Tax payers' outrage on our corrupt politicians is unbearable.
@24Champ (465)
22 May 09
I'm not, because it just reflects the truth in our society. You see, Sen. Revilla cannot think of other more important matters to address as a lawmaker. That's why he just grabs whatever is seen on youtube or in showbiz news just to be in the "limelight".
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@oyenkai (4396)
• Philippines
25 May 09
you made me LOL
@russso (1699)
• Philippines
22 May 09
I was not insulted. It was obvious that it was a joke. Though I can see why some people felt bad about it. BUT I think they do have to take into consideration that these things are really happening and there are really a lot of Filipinas who are doing such things -- which is precisely the reason why we are being branded as such. Our government should take action on the problem of Mail-Order Brides and not take it out on Alec Baldwin. And for all the violent reactions that the actor got, he has already apologized for what he's said.
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@oyenkai (4396)
• Philippines
25 May 09
I was honestly embarrassed when he felt he HAD to apologize for a joke.
@randoh (62)
• Philippines
3 Jun 09
Nope, not insulted at all. Even if the statement was made in jest, the fact is, there are a lot of mail order brides here. The fact that Ramon Revilla claims to speak for out countrymen is the bigger insult. An insult to our intelligence. Why did this person get elected into the senate in the first place.
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@mkchaves (532)
• Canada
28 May 09
i wasnt insulted. only revilla was insulted. he's making a big fuzz about it because he'll be running for office this coming 2010. need to be noticed and seen as someone who care about everything thats going on. hate politicians! manipulative jerks lol.
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@assunta (25)
• Philippines
28 May 09
i wasn't insulted at all. those politicians were overreacting. in the first place, they should have done something about it (the mail-order bride issue) long before it became a joke. i don't think they do not have any idea about it (alec baldwin knows it, a lot of filipinos are aware of it), i guess they're just turning deaf ears because there wasn't any issue yet to put them on the spotlight. some or most of our politicians are so sensitive over unnecessary issues but very thick-skinned over graft and corruption. they should put their minds (if they have one) into good use sometimes.
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@jpso138 (7860)
• Philippines
26 May 09
I am not insulted at all. Fact is there was no reason to humiliate us. It was simply a joke. But we have to consider that joke or not, it is actually happening. I am sure that we know a lot of our people are really into it. I am not saying that its bad and its wrong, its happening so why make a lot of fuss about it. We have to accept such fact. Same with having Filipinas as domestic helpers, its happening. Perhaps what the politicians should do is come up with a better system for our country so that our countrymen will improve and once and for all avoid being the object of jokes.
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@Erssyl (617)
• Philippines
24 May 09
Same here.I was not insulted at all.After all mail order brides really happen and a common knowledge to single woman who wants a foreigner husband I don't know why the senator was not aware or he was just reacting to every topic that he hears to gain him extra mileage.
• Philippines
23 May 09
I am totally unaware of it. But I'm not insulted anyway.
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• Philippines
23 May 09
I'm not.. And i don't think the senator really is..
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• Philippines
23 May 09
Me too I am not insulted.. But come to think of it, why did Alec Baldwin made a joke like that... Maybe really there are a lot of Filipina mail-order bride.. It was so sad that we became popular because of this. . Filipinas I think, among all countries are the most beautiful and should pay respect with... But with this kind of business, I think they will think of us as just same with other women....who will do anything because of money...
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@loisvite (47)
• Philippines
23 May 09
Personally, I'm not insulted. Maybe Sen. Bong Revilla is just being sensitive. But I guess its political issues. Election is nearing that is why maybe..
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@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
23 May 09
I think many of us are not insulted at all because we are aware that that is the truth. I also don't think it is insulting but when I tried to look at it the other way, Alec's statement really becomes derogatory. Why did he had to mention Filipina and Russians when he could have plainly said "mail order bride"? For clean jokes nowadays, we really have to avoid referring to nationalities or ethnic group. And what do you think is the implication of his statement in general? What will be the impact of this on Filipinas with foreigner husbands? That any Filipina seen with their foreigner husband could be suspected as a mail order bride? Or perhaps, his nanny? You may not believe it but my Filipina friends abroad have experienced such unfair misgivings. What I can't take though is the actions of some of our officials after Alec Baldwin issued an apology. He recognized his mistake and I do think the expressed disappointment of many of our kababayans are enough to correct the wrong impression created by his statements. Why is he still banned in entering the country? What does he need to do? And if we keep on banning people who insulted us despite their apologies, should we not exile our officials who keep on insulting not just the dignity of Filipinas but the whole country as a whole?
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@aseretdd (13732)
• Philippines
23 May 09
I saw the clip in the news... and i did not feel that insulted... he did mention the russian mail order brides too... but it was said as a joke... and i don't think people should take Alec Baldwin that seriously when he talks... since he is well known for being a womanizer with tendency to violence... so his words do not hold any ground anywhere...
22 May 09
The problem with politicians they are only interested in votes. We currently have a major problem in the UK where the local population feel alienated because they are the original whites from the UK. Who are the worst offenders? Normally politicians fighting issues for people immigrating or migrating.. Fighting for rights of minorities. The issue becomes a problem where you cant say things like "blackboard" or children cant sing nursery rhymns like "baa baa black sheep". Its crazy as they are nothing to do with people and infact are things that developed in history. Getting back to mail order brides it was a joke that was made and the issue is not with Alec Baldwin making the joke but the fact the so many Pinays are making the choice to find a foreign husband. A lot of people approach me in Cebu and women who are singled or even have a long term boyfriend will ask me if I have foreign friends I can introduce them to. The problem is not the Mail order joke but poverty that makes people want to give up everything for a better life.
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@mhae15 (744)
• Philippines
22 May 09
I heard about that joke later today. When I heard it I'm not insulted at all because I know it has been a public knowledge about Filipina mail order bride being exist. I was more insulted when our fellow Filipinas got that idea of mail order bride just to have a foreigner husband.
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• Philippines
22 May 09
To be honest, No. He may just joke in that manner but we all know that such "mail order bride does exist" and at this point we have no right to be upset about because it's the truth. i have seen the site before and as i checked it again, it's still there.If he (bladwin) knows, then almost every one knows. unless we find a way to stop this selling online brides, they will just simply make a joke out of that so-called racism.
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@ckyera (17342)
• Philippines
22 May 09
no, im not insulted, i think the others are just being too sensitive and overreacting. but you know sometimes, jokes are half meant! so what? we can't do anything about it when other people say things like that, its reality let's face it. have a nice day!
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• Philippines
22 May 09
it's a joke so It should be treated as one... hehe, it just that when it becomes a trend , a common joke...then we should start worrying about that... coz everywhere we would go outside our country.. we'll be branded as such.. so i guess it's better to stop the joke now before it becomes a fad
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