The opinions have been voiced, the apology has been stated. An admittance of the flaw which I felt was a bit insincere. For the level of insult hurled at Filipino medical practitioners, it was as if the apology was written on a napkin over coffee and said.. “Here’s your apology! Now shut up!”
C’mon! You insulted Filipinos in front of the viewing public, dont you think your apology should be directed to the same crowd (and not just to the Filipino viewers)? If you have a problem understanding that, here are some suggestions:
1. Make Teri Hatcher eat balut or isaw.
My idea for the episode ..Teri Hatcher is scared of Menopause and the loss of sexual drive. She goes eating those Asian delicacies that are supposed to be aphrodisiacs – balut, which is that fertilized duck egg once eaten in Fear Factor, and isaw, which is grilled pork intestines.
2. Make the cast dance the Tinikling
Our national dance is so sadistic; you have to put your arms behind your back like you were a prisoner and then step inside snapping bamboo poles, avoiding them as they clasped. And because it is dance, you have to do it graciously. I wonder if the Housewives can do this.
3. Create a Filipino themed episode.
How about this: A nurse overhears Teri Hatcher make a racial remark against Filipinos and confronts her. She apologizes and befriends the nurse. The nurse invites her to a Filipino festival and Teri goes along with her friends. There they are exposed to karaoke, rice cookers in shapes and sizes you didn’t even knew existed, all the fish and veggies you can eat, and of course lumpia.
4. Get a Filipino actor to guest on the series
If ABC really wants to pacify the Filipino anger, I think getting a renowned Filipino actor to guest on the show for a couple of episodes would certainly ease the rage. The question is who? Lea Salonga would be the unanimous choice, Regine Velasquez too. But for the sake of the show, I think ABC should get one of those hot guys the girls are always after. And oh! Give him a role in the medical field.. like a gynecologist or something.
5. Send the Desperate Housewives cast to the Philippines
Very self-explanatory. Good for PR!
final thought: Let’s face it, somewhere down the line, it is almost certain that Americans will be taken cared of, in one way or another, by a Filipino. That can come in the form of doctor, nurse, caregiver, pharmacist, physical therapist, herbal doctor, voodoo specialist and the likes. Our hospitality extends far out our home and that’s why I think the Desperate Housewives owe us more than an apology.
Or else, no more lumpia for you.