what Teri Hatcher said was: “… before we go any further, can I check those diplomas because I just wanna make sure that they’re not from some med school in the Philippines.”
Ouch. Yeah it hurts to be mentioned in a more than degrading way, on a very successful show on the other side of the world. But have any of you people ever given thought to one thing: Teri Hatcher didn't make that line, the scriptwriter did. So why are you all crappy about it? Give a scriptwriter a chance.
First thing you have to look for when a television show offends you are the scriptwriters, second the producers, and lastly, the actors themselves. Have you done this?
For all we know, the damned scriptwriter might even be a Filipino himself, who thought it would be fun to take a stab at our government, our system, and our people. You all know we're not exactly on top like we used to be. What with multi-million peso scams just around the corner and politicians who've made graft and corruption second nature, it's really easy to spit a racist joke about us or insert us in slapstick comedy whenever the opportunity arises. The nursing board exam was a controversy; most government projects are a controversy; hell even the President herself is a walking controversy. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is the equivalent of Eminem if he ran for office here in the Philippines. Now are we really going to make such a controversy over a stupid television sitcom line?
The Philippines is a country of smiles. We thrive on comedy. Now I wonder what would've happened if the exact same line (that half the country is beefing about right now) was spoken on a local TV show like Bubble Gang or even Eat Bulaga. Would we have reacted the same way as we have? Would we seek the actors' apologies, and demand explanations? I don't think so.
Well, you get the point. All I know is if you guys continue this boycott and apology-seeking venture you've started, then you yourselves will be desperate And not only that, we'd be guilty of what Teri Hatcher was accusing us of in the show.
UPDATE If you want something else to get mad about, read: Aussie blogger directly insults Filipino SEO