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Koreans are not the only ones who cannot take a joke.

October 5th, 2007 . by Gerry-Bevers

Filipinos are angry about a joke made on the season premiere of the TV series, “Desperate Housewives.” (CNN Article) Here is the quote from the article:

In the season premiere that aired Sunday on ABC, Teri Hatcher’s character, Susan, goes in for a medical checkup and is shocked when the doctor suggests she may be going through menopause.

“Listen, Susan, I know for a lot of women the word ‘menopause’ has negative connotations. You hear ‘aging,’ ‘brittle bones,’ ‘loss of sexual desire,’ ” the gynecologist tells her.

“OK, before we go any further, can I check these diplomas? Just to make sure they aren’t, like, from some med school in the Philippines?” Susan fires back.

Link to the YouTube Posted Video

Link to Filipino News Segment on the Incident

Filipino News Article on the Controversy

Video Showing Filipino Doctors in the US

Wow! And I thought Koreans were too sensitive. Regardless of whether Filipino medical schools are third-world or not, the country, itself, is third-world in many ways, so I do not see a problem with the joke and think Filipinos are blowing it way out of proportion. Afterall, are there no jokes about America on Filipino TV shows?

By the way, I heard about a 90-year-old woman who is in what is essentially a Filipino-run nursing home in California. The woman hates it there because the food is Filipino, and the communal TV shows only Filipino programs. Supposedly, there is a chain of these bargain-basement nursing homes in California.


4 Responses to “Koreans are not the only ones who cannot take a joke.”

  1. comment number 1 by: GarlicBreath

    Wow! And I thought Koreans were too sensitive.

    Coreans do take great offence when anybody challenges their chauvinistic and corea-centric view of the world. I have had corean netizens (some were not even real coreans, according to how coreans view their strange racist concept of pure blood) attack me for trying to discuss the truth about corea.

  2. comment number 2 by: alec931

    Gerry,
    Face it. Some can tolerate criticism more than others. Some are sensitive (yes, even too sensitive) and some are immune. The world isn’t as great as you (think you are 😉 ).
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    Ger: “Afterall, are there no jokes about America on Filipino TV shows?”
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    Afterall, ever heard of ‘two wrongs don’t make a right’?
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    Talk about being sensitive…..please….I’ve seen how you react when ppl don’t agree with your views on “Takeshima” 😉

  3. comment number 3 by: Ken

    Matt,

    Following CF seems broadcasted in New Zealand.
    Was the content taken as a joke?
    was it broadcasted in Australia too?

    http://blog.goo.ne.jp/pandiani/e/e22f1f7a2289d148ab51132cd17045dd

  4. comment number 4 by: The Overthinker

    What the hell was the commercial trying to say? “Hyundai drivers are callous arseholes who hit cats and then barbeque them”?

    Don’t see the relevance to the post though.