Filipinos reacted strongly to a joke about Filipino children made by Katherine Ryan on the BBC Two show Mock the Week.
In a segment of the show, participants were asked to say "unlikely lines from a cosmetics commercial," Katherine said: “We don't test any of our products on animals. We use Filipino children.”
In its website, Mock the Week is described as a "comedy show combining the best elements of panel show, stand-up and improvised games with two teams of comedians taking a satirical swipe at the news and world events."
The Canadian comedienne, who is based in the United Kingdom, received strong backlash from Pinoys who felt insulted by her joke.
In her Twitter account, Katherine defended herself by saying: “It was UNLIKELY lines from a cosmetics commercial. *UN-LIKELY*. You'd be very unlikely to hear that. Because it would never happen.”
Noli De Castro’s daughter, Kat De Castro, posted on her Twitter account: "BBC TV Mock on Filipino Children : NOT FUNNY AT ALL!!!! Watch it. This made me mad."
In response, Katherine pointed out: “I have jokes about my own child. I'm genuinely sorry to upset you but the joke wasn't ON Filipino children or any children.”
The comedienne explained that her joke is about companies that exploit “adorable” Filipino children.
Katherine eventually apologized when she posted on her Twitter account: "I'm sorry if anyone understood anything different. I really am. I could have said Irish/Canadian but we're not as cute."
Katherine is the latest foreigner who has earned the ire of Filipino netizens. A sociologist explains that the Filipino’s sense of nationalism is the primary factor that triggers the so called "strong backlash" against foreigners.
(Learn more here: Comments by foreigners that incurred Filipino wrath)