Desperate Housewives belittle Philippine Medical Schools
There was this scene in the episode, where Susan Mayer Delfino, played by Teri Hatcher, is talking with her doctor. The guy happens to be her OB-Gyne. She tells him this line.
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.
let us assume that this is some attempt to be funny or just to prove that Filipinos are already overwhelming American hospitals with all our nurses and doctors. but singling out Filipinos is just, just so racist. why didn’t the marvelous writers of the show choose any other nationality?
and somehow, this line is such a low blow. my bestfriend is currently on his third year in University of the Philippines medical school. he says he’s doing quite fine with all the stress and the exams. i am glad to note that he’s one of the best performing students in his batch. but despite that, my friend, who used to be such a heartthrob in college is beginning to look more of a wuss. he is losing his hair. he’s lost a lot of weight and he looks so shitty. my God, at 24, he’s already going bald!
my friend is studying in a Philippine Medical School. he happens to be one of the smartest people i know. and with that line from the show, it’s like throwing shit at my friend’s face. and it’s like throwing shit at me too.
such a remark coming from an American show, a country known for its democracy, its gender-sensitive and race-sensitive advocacies, this display of comedy is not so funny. it is so disappointing. i’ve always thought that America has been better, with its rich history of racial prejudice. i thought they knew better. but i guess, things still need to be changed.
there has been an uproar among Filipinos in the States about the show. they’ve already made a site petitioning ABC, the show’s network, to ask for a public apology. sign up here. i’ve already signed up. i’m the 17,991 petitioner.
i’ve seen in the news that ABC still hasn’t made any attempts to answer the issue. until then, i’ll be waiting. i hope they do ask for an apology.
also see this site for more details. thank you misteryosa for some of the details.