Another String of Malu Tendencies

1:20 PM

In my last post, I added the clip from the latest season of Desperate Housewives where Susan Mayer (played by Teri Hatcher) insults Filipinos doctors (or Pinoys who work in any hospital for that matter). Be the judge, scroll down, and watch the clip yourself and tell me what you think.

I admit that yesterday, while watching the clip, I did find it funny for several reasons:

1. The show is obviously under the Emmys' Comedy category.
2. We make a lot of jokes about Indians yet they never blasted us.
3. Americans have branded every single Arab in the country a terrorist yet we still buy that Republican crap.
4. We make fun of Chinese products saying they're all knock-off when we all know all major industries are going there.
5. Maybe what Susan Mayer meant was that maybe it just came from Quiapo or Recto that's why she wanted to check. (Bakit? Madali naman talaga gumawa ng fake ha)

This was the topic of discussion during my lunch with Wowie today.

'I don't find it offensive! Don't you see the humor in it?'
'It's so racist!'
'We laugh about Indians all the time yet they don't get mad..'
'But this is different.. they were pertaining to a certain race. Anything that says something bad about a certain race is racist.'

She does have a point. My bestfriend Toyomansi adds:

"It does touch a nerve."

I admit that the apathy is probably because of the fact that I don't belong to the same profession. Still, I couldn't decide if one should dismiss this case as racism or merely an insult. For one the former is leaning towards hell more than the other.

So I consulted my good friend

rac·ism (rā'sĭz'əm) Pronunciation Key
  1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
  2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.
prej·u·dice (prěj'ə-dĭs) Pronunciation Key n.
    1. An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge or examination of the facts.
    2. A preconceived preference or idea.
  1. The act or state of holding unreasonable preconceived judgments or convictions. See Synonyms at predilection.
Therefore, I concede. That makes it 30,000 + 1 insulted Filipino.

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