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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Makers of Desperate Housewives Apologized for Racial Slur Against Filipinos

In the season premier show of Desperate Housewives last September 30, Teri Hatcher playing the role of Susan Mayer delivered the line that upset the Filipino people.

Susan (Teri Hatcher) consulted a gynecologist who said she might be hitting menopause. In her reply, “Can I just check those diplomas because I just want to make sure that they are not from some med school in the Philippines.”

Racial slur as they call it and asked the producer of Desperate Housewives and Teri Hatcher to give a public apology through an online petition and quickly spread through the large Filipino expatriate community in the US, many of them in the medical profession.

Today, through ABS-CBN's bureau in the United States, the makers of the hit US television series 'Desperate Housewives' have apologized for a slur against Filipino medical workers.

It says: "The producers of the show and ABC studios offer our sincere apology for any offence caused by the brief reference in the season premier. There was no intent to disparage the integrity of any aspect of the medical community in the Philippines."

The apology was made a day after President Gloria Arroyo's office said it considered a portion of the dialogue in an episode aired last weekend as a "racial slur."


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