Desperate Housewives racial slur: Philippines wants apology

MANILA (AFP) — The Philippine government is to seek an apology from the producers of the hit US television series “Desperate Housewives” for a racial slur against Filipino medics, the Philippine Daily Inquirer said on its web site Wednesday. [VIDEO]

The officials cited a recent episode where actress Teri Hatcher, who plays Susan Mayer, asked whether the person attending to her during a medical consultation “can I check those diplomas because I want to make sure that they’re not from some med school in the Philippines.”

Asked if the government would seek an apology from the producers of the show, and ABC television network that carries it, executive secretary Eduardo Ermita said: “Yes, I think we should, on behalf of our Filipino professionals.”

“On the face, we can look at it as a racial slur. We are looked down upon too much, considering the number of our medical professionals in the US,” the Inquirer quoted Ermita as saying.

Ermita likewise appealed to civil society groups and other Filipino organisations in the US to “call the attention” of the show producers, and Hatcher, to the “racial slur.”

Filipino consul in Los Angeles Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon wrote a letter of complaint to the ABC network saying that Filipino medical workers were in demand all over the world.

“The US recognises the students of Philippine medical and nursing schools and in general, does not require additional schooling in the US for Filipino healthcare professionals,” she added.

Aragon also said many Americans go to the Philippines for medical services that they cannot afford at home, the foreign department said in a statement.

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  1. Datu Puti says:

    First they censure Kucinich and now this!!!!! GRRRRR… If I watched T.V., I’d boycott them!

  2. j-Finland says:

    honestly i liked the show before but now i really disappointed…even they will say sorry to the public but still they slur our filipino professions…

  3. Datu Puti says:

    We got an apology for this:

    Now what about Kucinich?

  4. ej 23 says:

    Do you accept the apology?
    I’ve read their so called apology, for me it’s not enough, and I agree with the Doctors, they should make it Public, not just coming from ABC, but also from Teri Hatcher, and the writers and it should be aired on their next episode. And if they don’t, the Doctors should sued.

  5. Dodo says:

    I think it’s enough. ABC whose parent is Disney already apologized. Teri Hatcher is only a hired actress and is not in a position to approve scripts and such. ABC Company represents everyone in the production of Desperate Housewives.

    I’m sure if it’s the other way around and the Writers apologized and not ABC, Pinoys would make noise as to why ABC didn’t apologize! Get me?

    Typical Pinoy Edsa mentality. Not content until we see blood. Sad.

  6. Datu Puti says:

    I agree with EJ and am hoping that we do exactly that, an on air apology, but, with all things considered, that’s a positive step. Personally, I think the whole of mass media should just all be abolished.

  7. Lolit says:

    Is the Philippines the whiniest country in the world or what?!

  8. Rollycb - california says:

    Filipinos are more intellegent than US. We are here in the US doing what the Americans can’t do. Otherwise, why are we here for?

    A Filipino, a German and an American arrested consuming alcohol which is a severe offense in Saudi Arabia , so for the terrible crime they are all sentenced 20 lashes each of the whip.

    As they were preparing for their punishment, the Sheik announced: “It’s my first wife’s birthday today, and she has asked me to allow each of you one wish before your whipping.”

    The German was first in line, he thought for a while and then said: “Please tie a pillow to my back.”

    This was done, but the pillow only lasted 10 lashes & the German had to be carried away bleeding and crying with pain.

    The American was next up. After watching the German in horror he said smugly: “Please fix two pillows to my back.” But even two pillows could only take 15 lashes & the American was
    also led away whimpering loudly.

    The Filipino was the last one up, but before he could say anything, the Sheikh turned to him and said: “You are from one of most beautiful part of the world and your culture is one of the finest in the world. For this, you may have two wishes!”

    “Thank you, your Most Royal and Merciful highness,” the Filipino replied. In recognition of your kindness, my first wish is that you give me not 20, but 100 lashes.”

    “Not only are you an honorable, handsome and powerful man, you are also very brave.” The Sheik said with an admiring look on his face.

    “If 100 lashes is what you desire, then so be it. “And what is your second wish, ?” the Sheik asked.

    Filipino smiled and said, “Tie the American to my back” !!!

  9. Datu Puti says:

    Lolit, I don’t think you realize how racist the remark was and its implications.

    Rolly, Filipinos are not more intelligent than Americans or vice versa. That was also racist. Loved the joke though.

  10. Lolit says:

    I see the implications and I don’t condone what they did.

    My point is, an apology was given. Let’s move on.

  11. […] Purificacion – HINDI pa man natatapos ang hinagpis ng mga Pinoy sa panlalait ng programang “Desperate Housewives” ng ABC TV, lumabas naman sa YouTube ang isa pang mapanlait at pambabastos kay dating […]

  12. Datu Puti says:

    But the apology and retraction was not made during the same time and channel. The apology they made will not reach a greater part of the ones that heard it. Even though a lot will not take it at face value, Americans (as well as Filipinos) are highly gullible when it comes to what television tells them. Just ask anyone, American or Filipino, about Socialism, social programs, or Communism. They greatly fear it and are opposed to it but do not know what it is and what it means.

  13. […] rehabilitation, then you have probably heard about the latest “Desperate Housewives” controversy where they spoke ill of the credibility (or lack of) of Philippine medical […]

  14. Rollycb - california says:

    Message to Benjamin Abalos and Senate Inquiry

    Nakuha mo pang magsabi “Humanda sila” eh ikaw itong dapat humanda. You are a disgrace to Filipino people. You were unable to take contol of the comelec commisioners nakialam ka pa sa mga projects na out of your jurisdiction. Hindi ka naman Engineer o kaya marunong man lang gumawa ng feasibility study (pwe! nakakahiya ka)

    To senators please continue to grill Mr. Abalos and if found guilty HANG HIM at Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan Plaza, my birthplace.

  15. steben says:

    The times of sorrows is upon us all not just the Filipino nation but everywhere.In the Book of Saint Matthew we read in chapter 24 v29 that the powers of the Earth shall be shaken that speaks of disasters of many types without warning and the climax of it all is this the Lord Jesus Christ is coming again I will be ready when he comes for me. We should beware of all these things written in the Bible.

  16. rollycb says:

    Steben, note that Lord Jesus Christ never called his apostles SAINT. Do no address like Saint Matthew. Read history sir.

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