I don’t watch “Desperate Housewives” and I’m not a fan either. I am familiar and aware that the show exists but I don’t really like to watch such show like that. I would rather watch CSI instead! 🙂
But last night as I watched one news program here in the Philippines, there I was disappointed of the news where on one episode of an award winning show “Desperate Housewives”, Teri Hatcher’s character role Susan said something that for me is a kind of an insult to my country and countrymen. In that episode, she said this exact line:
“OK, before we go any further, can I check these diplomas? Just to make sure they aren’t, like, from some med school in the Philippines?”.
That statement caused so many Filipinos to feel so much anger and disappointment. I bet to disagree to her statement because as I know, many of my countrymen strive hard to be the best in medical fields. Considering of the fact that many of our medical doctors and nurses are receiving positive praises from different countries including USA. I know that there are a lot of my countrymen posting over their blogs regarding this issue. I’m not surprise why even our Government officials wanted an apology to the ABC network and to the Producer of the show. And I guess, we deserve a sincere apology to us. 🙂
Well, as many of many viewers most of them are Filipinos and Filipino-Americans called the network and sent petitions to the Network, they indeed gave their statement.
ABC, owned by The., responded with a statement Wednesday. ABC said it was considering editing the episode.
“The producers of `Desperate Housewives’ and ABC Studios offer our sincere apologies for any offense caused by 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,” the statement said.
“As leaders in broadcast diversity, we are committed to presenting sensitive and respectful images of all communities featured in our programs,” it concluded.
Here’s the controversial clip from the show: