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11.15.2007

abc promises opportunities for filipinos

A little bit of follow-up on last month's Desperate Housewives controversy, in which Teri Hatcher's character made a disparaging remark about the trustworthiness of Filipino medical schools. If you don't know what I'm talking about, check out the clip here.

The scene caused an uproar from outraged members of the Filipino community, both here and abroad. ABC apologized, but community leaders demanded more restitution, something more substantial. As a result, after meeting with president of ABC primetime entertanment Steve McPherson, they've been promised several intiatives, including hiring Filipino on-camera and behind-camera talents, incorporating dialogues and plot lines to popular ABC-TV shows depicting the contributions of Filipino Americans in the nation's healthcare system, and including healthcare, arts and advocacy experts as guests in news programs: ABC hiring Filipino American talents to make up for 'Desperate Housewives'.

McPherson apparently even suggested a plotline for Boston Legal, about a Filipino American lawyer suing the government for the injustice to Filipino World War II veterans. Which would be pretty damn awesome, if it actually happened. This is all very encouraging news, but I'm not holding my breath. I'll believe it when I see it, and who knows when that might be (after all, there is a writer's strike happening right now).