Popular primetime TV show Desperate Housewives raised a lot of eyebrows in the Filipino community with the show's September 30 episode in the U.S.
In one scene of the said episode, a doctor confronts Susan Mayer (played by actress Teri Hatcher) with the news about Susan experiencing menopause. During the doctor's explanation, the uptight Susan cuts him short with an apparent racist slur against Filipino medical schools.
The following is an excerpt from the controversial episode:
Dr. Mayfair: "I know for a lot of women, the word ‘menopause' has negative connotations. The heart ageing, brittle bones, loss of sexual desire...."
Susan Mayer: "Before we go any further, can I check those diplomas? ‘Coz I would just like to make sure that they're not from some med school in the Philippines."
That dialogue proved too much for a lot people as they criticized the show's creators and the actress through blogging and online forums. One Filipino in particular, Dr. Siegfried Perez from Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, emailed his sentiments to GMANews.TV.
"I have communicated with fellow members of the health care profession, both Filipinos and other nationalities alike. We have all come to the conclusion that this kind of racial slur is a very irresponsible act ...[which] should NEVER be tolerated in any society, whether in a first world or a third world country," said Dr. Siegfried Perez. The Filipino doctor added that they would demand the immediate public apology of the show's producers, writers and actors.
As most people blame the show's writers, others have turned their eye on actress Teri Hatcher.
"The actress, Teri Hatcher, should insist not to deliver such dialogs as she just became the face of this insult to a country that was once a territory of the US," posted by an online user from the blogsite, Coffee With Aimee.
Teri Hatcher is best remembered as Lois Lane in the now defunct TV series Lois and Clark.
Desperate Housewives is a multi-award winning comedy series which premiered in October 2003 and is aired weekly in the U.S. by ABC Network. It is locally shown on Studio 23. It follows the story of five sexually "desperate" sub-urban housewives living along Wisteria Lane in the fictional American town of Fairview. Aside from Hatcher, the show stars Felicity Huffman (as Lynette Scavo), Marcia Cross (Bree Van De Kamp), Nicollette Sheridan(Edie Britt), and Eva Longoria (Gabrielle Solis).