On the fourth season premiere of ABC's Desperate Housewives
, one of Wisteria Lane's famous female residents uttered a throwaway attempt at humor that has caused a widespread uproar from Filipinos everywhere. Teri Hatcher
, who plays Susan Mayer, quipped a reference to the professional skills (or, in the case of her remark, the lack thereof) of Philippine-trained medical practitioners.
The remark sparked indignant protests from outraged Filipinos and sympathizers who accused Desperate Housewives
and the people behind it of racial slur and defamation. Bowing to the relentless protests since the airing of said installment, ABC and the executives of the show have been forced to issue an apology for the offending line in their show.
“Okay, before we go any further, can I check those diplomas? ‘Coz I would just like to make sure they are not from some med school in the Philippines,” Teri Hatcher said as her character was hearing the dismaying news from her gynecologist that she may be entering menopause on the Desperate Housewives
season opener, “Now You Know” aired last September 30.
Before long, Filipinos in their homeland as well as in the United States expressed their disgust and anger over what they consider a crass and totally uncalled for insult. Among the most prominent avenues for publicly condemning the insensitive statement in the Desperate Housewives
installment is an online petition set into motion by Filipino performing artist and activist, Kevin Nadal. Nadal posted the petition on Monday, a day after the offending episode of Desperate Housewives
Within days of airing the controversial episode, Desperate Housewives
' carrier network finally responded to the incessantly growing reactionary buzz by fielding a statement of apology.
"The producers of Desperate Housewives
and ABC Studios offer our sincere apologies for any offense caused by the brief reference in the season premiere,” the statement read. "There was no intent to disparage the integrity of any aspect of the medical community in the Philippines.”
Despite the statement however, many Filipinos feel that the single paragraph apology is insufficient and non-commensurate to the derogatory nature of the original line uttered in the episode.
-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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