Friday, October 05, 2007

"We Are Not Desperate Doctors"

These were the reactions of Philippine Health Secretary Dr. Francisco Duque with regards to the latest "racial slur" brouhaha against Philippine medical schools and to that effect Filipino doctors as well by the writer/writers of the TV series, Desperate Housewives.

The issue all started in a scene where one of the leading characters of Desperate Housewives, Susan Mayer, is arguing with her doctor regarding menopause. In the scene, Susan, played by Teri Hatcher said >"before we go on can I check those diplomas 'cause I want to make sure they're not from some med school in the Philippines."

Well, whoever wrote the script of that particular episode needs some explaining and apologizing to do. Racial comment and slur like this one has no place in a civilized society. If you are educated enough, which I seriously doubt, those lines should not come out from your brain, small and convolution-less it maybe.

Filipino doctors are highly regarded worldwide not just in the States, many can attest to that, not only in the field of medical practice but also in the field of research and academics. We maybe poor but we are absolutely not desperate! Hell I'm sure many Filipino doctors practicing in the States pay more taxes than you do!

A public apology is in order here, and I think shows like this, written by pea-brained script writers are not to be patronized at all.

I am attaching a video of the exact scene from YouTube.


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