02 October 2007

Second Class Citizens

Aliens in America is premiering in the USA a few hours from now. And I'll be checking it out again as some changes were done to the pilot episode since last July's preview. Aliens in America is not a sci-fi TV series. It's about non-Americans coping in America.

Speaking of...

Maying posted an entry about the apparent racial slur against Filipinos on Desperate Housewives last Sunday. For the life of me, I gave up on Desperate Housewives halfway through Season 2. But I'm gonna check this particular episode out, just to see what the fuss is.

Quoted from Maying's blog:

I watched the Premiere of Desperate Housewives last night on ABC and was very offended by the remark of Teri Hatcher’s character about Filipino doctors. She said to her OB that she hopes “he’s not a graduate of some
Philippine Med School”
But I'm saying this now even if I have not seen the episode yet --- if not for Filipino medical practitioners, a lot of hospitals all over the world will have to contend with rude health workers. The world favors our kind because we're compassionate people. We're a patient race. We understand the importance of caring for the sick, needy and the elderly. So, DO hope your medical attendant is a graduate from the Philippines. :)

Anyway, it isn't the first time it has happened on the show. It's been accused of lots of slurs and slips before.

Update: here's the video from the said scene. But first --- OMG, Nathan Fillion is on Desperate Housewives! Is he gonna make me want to watch the show now??

Update: The Final Word On This Blog :)
Desperate Housewives Producers apologize over slur

''A statement that devalues Filipinos in healthcare is extremely unfounded, considering the overwhelming presence of Filipinos and Filipino Americans in the medical field,'' the petition read in part.

The TV episode even became an international incident, with reports on it topping Philippine news shows and drawing newspaper headlines as officials there registered their displeasure. Filipinos could judge the scene for themselves when it was posted on YouTube.

ABC responded with a statement Wednesday.