Teri Hatcher Against the Philippines
I was falling in line for dinner when TV Patrol started. The first news on their list was about this actress named Teri Hatcher which stars in the U.S. TV show “Desperate Housewives”. I never really knew her before or even watched a single episode of the show, and I never thought I would know her this way.
(Scene: Susan Mayer talking to her doctor – 09/30/07)
Doctor: I know for a lot of women the word menopause has negative connotations. They hear, uhm, aging, brittle bones, uh, loss of sexual desire..
Susan Mayer: Okay before we go any further, can I check those diplomas ’cause I would just like to make sure that they’re not from some med school in the Philippines.
Now how ’bout that. I don’t know what was up with the scriptwriter for that episode to use the name of our country (or any other country for that matter) that way. It’s such an insult to the Filipinos. The Filipino community in the U.S. had to react, of course. Who wouldn’t? An insult of their beloved nation has just been thrown on national television! The world may have not known about what we’re truly capable of doing of yet, but we know ourselves that we can do better like any other country out there. We have the number of good exports to other countries. We could even be considered as the country with the greatest export workers. And think about being “hospitable”. This is just ridiculous – another plain issue of racism. The scriptwriter should have used “Antarctica” instead. That’d have no conflict at all. A public apology from ABC is being demanded, and I believe it should be done.