First they defined Filipina in a British dictionary as a maid. Not contented they made that Filipina dressed as a maid as “sex entertainer for a depressed and aging British man.” Somebody may ask, what’s wrong it? It is just for entertainment. And why don’t Filipino Televisions do the same with the Brits? Why don’t you feature them too as prostitutes and porn stars and performing actual sex in front of the camera? What will the Brits think about it?
But this is not the point, we want to be entertained but not at the expense of capitalizing on people’s miserable life and distinct cultural traits. This should not be taken lightly by the Filipinos and any other Nationalities who may fall victim on racist discrimination. It is not a matter of being sour with reality that we are a source of domestic helpers for many countries in the world, but don’t we deserve a little respect and to be treated as humans?
As reported by ABS-CBN on-line: “Indignation over a “racist” and “anti-Filipina” comedy sketch aired over British Broadcasting Company United Kingdom’s (BBC UK) “Harry and Paul” are increasing with the launch of an online campaign and petition.” This serves them right but again who cares? This is racist mentality and with the so called “white man’s pride” in them, they can’t be compelled to apologize. Oh no, not at all, she is just a lowly Filipina maid what’s the big fuss about it. Nevertheless there is a need to teach these modern-day barbarians some lessons in good manners and right conduct to respect all people regardless of colors, creed, religion and nationalities. Without it you have no place in this civilized world.
I am glad that some concrete actions are being initiated by people all over the world to address this blatant case of racial and economic discrimination. Not because she is employed as a maid, for she has no better economic opportunities than this at home, that you can treat her this way more than an animal. This is sending a wrong signal to other nationals to treat Filipina maids this way. This is further aggravates the situation where most of the Filipina maids are in—sexual and physical abuses from their employers.
Right now the Philippine Foundation has launched an online petition “to show BBC UK that the behavior illustrated in their show would not go unnoticed.”
“Called Dignity and Respect for the Filipino Worker Campaign, the online petition stated that “the Filipino community in the United Kingdom hereby condemns the BBC and the Harry and Paul Show for their tactless and insensitive behavior and for inciting stereo-typed racial discrimination, vulgarity and violation of the maid’s human rights. The show demeaned the dignity of honest labor while promoting the sex industry, domestic abuse and maltreatment of the blue-collar worker that effectively sustains this economy.”
On her part, Akbayan Rep. Riza Hontiveros “urged the DFA to file a complaint before the British government and demand for an apology from BBC.”
“This has to be corrected. Otherwise, it would become easy for other media outfits to use Filipina workers abroad as an object of sexual ridicule. We are not asking for BBC to be politically correct. What we want them to recognize instead is that the exploitation of women should not be used as an object of ridicule,” she said. “The media should be a partner against human trafficking, and not an unwitting promoter of abuse because of insensitive and racist portrayals of women in trafficking.”
“We hope that the UK government would likewise look into this issue and correct this sickening joke. UK has laws on equality and respect for diversity, and it has repeatedly made statements against human trafficking.”
Representing the sentiment of the entire country and the people, “the Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday condemned a BBC skit in a segment of a popular comedy show aired in the United Kingdom that portrayed Filipino women as sex objects.”
Sila’y mga tao ring katulad ninyo
Sila ay mga tao ring katulad ninyo, huwag hamakin at gawing isang hayup o laruan. Masyado na ninyong inaapakan pagkatao ng mga katulong na Pilipina. Sana ito na ang huling panlalait ninyo sa mga kababaihang Pilipino na kung ituring ninyo ay parang mga busabos lamang.
At sana naman ay laging handa lagi ang ating pamahalaan na pangalagaan ang kapakanan ng mga kababaihang pinagsasamantalahan sa ibang bansa. Kahirapan ang nagbunsod sa ating mga kababayan para mangibang-bansa at magtrabaho. Dahil ditto marami sa kanila ang napahamak. Marami din sa kanila ang hindi man lang nadamayan ng ating mga opisyales at embahada lalo na sa Middle East.
Sa halip na pulitika, sana serbisyong kabuhayan at kaunlaran ang inaatupag ng ating pamahalaan nang hindi na aalis pa ang mga kababayan natin para makipagsapalaran sa ibang bansa kung saan sila ay laging napapahamak.