'Desperate Housewives' apologizes for the racial slur against Filipinos

The makers of American TV series Desperate Housewives have already apologized to the Filipinos, especially to the offended Filipino doctors and medical workers on October 03, Wednesday.

ABS-CBN's news bureau in the US was the one who received the statement of apology and immediately aired it on ANC, the network's cable news channel.

ABC's statement of apology goes this way:

"The producers of `Desperate Housewives' and ABC Studios offer our sincere apologies for any offense caused by the brief reference in the season premiere. There was no intent to disparage the integrity of any aspect of the medical community in the Philippines."

"As leaders in broadcast diversity, we are committed to presenting sensitive and respectful images of all communities featured in our programs."

As for American-based Filipino Kevin Nadal, the one who initiated the online petition to protest the racial slur, the apology is not yet enough. He wanted Teri Hatcher's dialogue in the scene to be edited on its possible airings and DVD plays.

Nadal even wanted a more substantial move by ABC, not just a mere apology, by way of donations or scholarships to the Filipinos or Filipino-American community.(I don't agree with this. It's not a way to demand an apology. It would just make us the "more desperate ones").

The said particular episode of Desperate Housewives, with Teri Hatcher uttering the controversial line, was written by Marc Cherry and directed by Larry Shaw.

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Mykiru is an entertainment blogger, having been named as one of the Top 10 Pinoy Showbiz Resources in the Philippines. For a decade now, Mykiru.ph has been delivering the latest, the hottest and most trending issues in the country.

3 Comment(s):

  1. Terry Hatcher should have preread the script, as I am sure she did and didn't care who she hurt. Her comment hurt the Filipino people as much as she was hurt when she kept her sexual abuse from a relative secret all those years. I used to admire her that went out the window, she THOUGHT it was cute, and now Desperate Housewives can slobber all over themselves apologising they just lost a lot of viewers for their asanine stupidity. May your sexual abuse nightmares and hurt come all back to you in a flood Hatcher !.

  2. Oh for heaven's sake! Give Me A Break! People are so thin skinned now-a-days, it makes me sick. The title of the show should also make people upset then because "Desparate Housewives" implies that all housewives are desparate. Yes, every housewife in America and every housewife in every other country should be upset and revolt against ABC, right? Oh shut up about it. The show is a comedy, not a documentary. Leave Terri Hatcher and ABC alone. If Filipino doctors can't laugh at themselves, then at whom can they laugh? Apparently, they are not laughing at a television show.

    And the idiot that wants to blame Terri for doing her job and reading her script, saying "she didn't care who she hurt" shouldn't throw stones because they live in a glass house. And furthermore, to suggest that she continue to be tortured by the abuse she suffered is disgusting. You should be ashamed of yourself.

  3. The writer is MARC H CHERRY, 45 yrs old. The Filipino basher is a self-proclaimed CONSERVATIVE GAY REPUBLICAN who lives since June 1, 2005 at 4352 Coldwater Canyon Ave, Studio City CA 91604. Please be kind to him.