Outrage Fad erupts over Cosmetic Joke by British Comedienne

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British Canadian comedienne Katherine Ryan is in Filipino crosshairs for yet another episode of misguided Filipino outrage. She recently told a joke which mentions “Filipinos,” which you can see in the accompanying pic, at a cosmetics industry event. It was part of “things unlikely to be heard in a cosmetics factory,” which obviously contains inside jokes. Humor-challenged Filipinos, in their tendency to give up higher order mental faculties to give in to knee-jerk reactions, once again take offense at this, saying their “race” had been slurred and insulted.

And since Adam Carolla’s famous comments about Pacquiao fans, such things have served to demonstrate the schizophrenic insecurity of Filipino society. It’s as if Filipinos have a radar for anything that offends them, including things that they really shouldn’t be offended at – such as a plate number bearing the owner’s name Kiki. And Filipinos who react violently to such only display how pretentiously high-browed and stiff-minded they can be.

I believe that Ryan’s joke should not be a bother at all because of the hint it gives: many Filipino children are regularly used and abused in this country. They may take the form of the putas, who as children are pimped out by their parents to foreigners (or even their neighbors), or those whose parents force them to beg on the streets to get them some money. If you’ve seen the movie, Muro-Ami, you know about the condition of child labor in this country. Foreigners have seen this movie and will likely form their impressions of our country based on it. And there are more. Child labor and trafficking reports in the country remain at an alarming level.

Sure, it isn’t funny for some. But neither is it a reason for outrage.

Even if it may be interpreted as a slur, it’s still another of those things that tell us, we still have the same problem for years and we seem unable to do anything about it. Perhaps one could say, we are unwilling to do anything about it. This is one of the reasons for my recent article about accepting shame when needed. We know there are problems, but we prefer not to talk about then. We prefer to escape them by focusing on the “bright side” and hiding our problems, because we are trying to be happy. Even if something of urgency is staring us in the eye. No wonder nothing gets done.

Filipinos will be demanding an apology, but the problems that are likely to have contributed to Ryan’s joke are likely to prevail long after.

Three years since Adam Carolla, and we as a people still have learned nothing. Sheesh. When will Filipinos ever learn.

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I stick with this blog because I believe, as my cohorts do, that many things Filipino embrace as part of their culture keep their society backward. And blogging freely to show that in a truly decent society, with true freedom of speech, even nobodies have a voice.

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StahlNacht
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When will the Filipinos learn? When the government finally improves/brings the standard of basic education up to an internationally acceptable level. When the politicians stop keeping the masses ill educated just so that they can be easily won over during elections. When the Filipino people actually start to care and gain the required common sense to actually deserve to be called rational animals.

Robert Haighton
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@StahlNacht,

you have a top-down approach with your government statement. Its easier to have a bottoms-up approach. Change can only come from within, starting from the people themselves.

Lucien Apollyon
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you are talking about the flipnose people — the group who believes they are the cut above the rest, the lot who think they are god’s chosen people , the gaggle who believe they are the righteous and holy of holies… you are referring to a damaged race of pygmies.

fretzl flores
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racist much eh. name calling and other hurtful words doesn’t justify to wake up people in their stupid slumber when it comes to decision making.

just keep u noted: wish that u never grow old as majoring of health care provider or care giver all over the world as u called flipnose and other name calling are the ones will be by your side until u die.

Chrissy
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Shut up you dont know anything aout filipino people.

Chrissy
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About*

DiamondDogs
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What a very dumb statement. Apparently, you don’t know what you’re talking about. 😛

Ismelina
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We need hope, not onion-skinnedness and hypersensitivity. I don’t need Pinoy Pride if I can’t use it to actually help address the situation we’re facing in. Child slavery is one of them. There are a multitude of realities that we need to solve, and we are in this really urgent state where things must be resolved simultaneously. People may want to change, but don’t have the resources nor access to the help they need to process the change they want to happen. There are NGOs that can support those people who want to change. And the eureka moment of wanting… Read more »
Sid
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You really think it’s that easy when the people up top who have the power can manipulate these NGO’s as they see fit?

If there’s an element that will change the status quo against them, you can bet that they’re not going to just sit on their thumbs and let the oppressed have their way.

libertas
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With 60,000 ngo’s in the philippines the last thing that is needed is more!
And like haiti the sheer proliferation of ngo’s in the philippines has become part of the problem not the solution, particularly when there is lack of transparency, accountability or the attainment of effective results.

Sid
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Let the guys from Bubble Gang tell the same joke and cue in the zoom and laugh track after the punchline.

libertas
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“Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious”.
Peter Ustinov

invariably comedy and satire is based on a modicum of truth, but it also needs a semblance of intellect to understand the message beneath the headline joke, hence humour and filipinos do not go together.

Those filipinos with heightened sensitivities would do better to focus their ire on the actual child abuse and exploitation nearer to home rather than avoid such issues by a false sense of indignation.

Ice
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hey ass wipe,yeah I’m calling you that right now not for this but for the Adam crap you just mentioned in this article.I’m not outrage by what Lucy Liu or this Kathy Ryan just said I’m pissed because you don’t think that what Adam Carolla said was offensive,humor has nothing to do with the Carolla incident,you’re a bigger idiot as he is!

Lucien Apollyon
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robert haighton, here’s an example of “it”.

Robert Haighton
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@Lucien,

I think I got your “point” (it).

benign0
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Here’s some more reference on the sorts of hollow-heads who are quick to launch into outrage fads when in the face of PERCEIVED slights from this or that person. Check out this monument to Pinoy onion-skinnedness here courtesy of all those bozos who reacted to to the old Adam Carolla incident! 😀

Dan The Man
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What a waste of space! this article should not even be addressing such a non-issue! it is well-know in S.E.Asia that Filipino’s are the most easily insulted, quick to take offense people on the planet. SO< is that how Filipino's want the rest of the world to think of them? Most people would call getting upset by this non-offensive 'slur'(HA!) as the act of PUSSIES. Re-acting to this statement with anything other than a mild chuckle is just asinine! In the immortal words of Keith Moon: "Little girl, why don't you STOP your crying? coz here comes Ivor, the dirty… Read more »
Lucien Apollyon
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the flipnoses take it from the yellow-bellied idiot they elected to rule them. they are a perfect combination. and then watch those pussy holes react to this statement. that is what they are known for!

Gerry
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Filipino’s seem to have nothing better to do on the international stage than fuckin cry about imaginery insults? SAY IT IS NOT SO! Does anyone care that the rest of the world see’s that people crying about this, demanding apologies, becoming indignant etc,etc,etc as a bunch of ‘CRY-BABIES’? Because that is what they think when things like this make news! EEH GAD MAN! whoever gets insulted by any of these statements should obviously get a life. (WWWWHHHHAAAAAHHHHHH, only looks good on infants!) AND…. Little girls! OMG, just grow some thicker skin! I mean, C’mon…get upset by this stooped bitch(and the… Read more »
Mackoy
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Sigh, no need to sensualize over this nonsense. We are on our own the bigger racist over those brits. Not true? Then how come we made jokes over “indays’ and dodongs’ stereotyping our Visayan brothers and sisters as house keepers. If you’re from the Mindanao regions, a terrorist to name a few and there are a lot more. We are our own biggest enemy. Sure they’ve insulted our people but lest we forget that by doing this oversensitive remarks and hateful bashing name calling, we have shown the world how irrational we can become, by stooping down to their level.… Read more »
johndoenymous@gmail.com
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johndoenymous@gmail.com

I also blame the misguided person who edited the video circulating around the net. Emphasizing the “we use Filipino Children” part while repeating that part of the clip a few times makes people forget about the context of the joke.

jun viray
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usual stuff…don’t get mad, get even. We call her bloody Brit unworthy of emulation then stop watching her movies or ignore anything about her. No need for an apology nor outrage….waste of time. Besides, sisikat pa sya.

libertas
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To put into perspective, there are 5.5 million child laborers within the philippines and it has increased by 30% in the past 10 years, whereas many countries/culprits have achieved between 10 – 25% reduction in the same period.
In any civilised country that would be a scandal of major proportions and not accepted by society.
Maybe the increasing use of child labour, and the fact that it is tolerated/ignored by the government, could partly explain the high level of adult unemployment.
Stop children working, and pay adults to work

libertas
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Mensa – the brightest 1% in the world Densa – 99% filipinos Densa – sample test questions How many filipinos does it take to change a light bulb? A – 2, one to screw it in, and one to screw it up. If you have a child with your daughter what is her relation to you? A – your future victim Why do filipinos wipe their arse with their hands? A – it helps to flavour the food Name 70 things a filipina is good for? A – cleaning and 69 How do you confuse a filipino? A – ask… Read more »
Trio
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How do you confuse a filipino?
A – ask him to fill out a form … this is so true!
Ask any filipino for anything in a hardware store in a mall and they will say ‘out of stock’. Look around for a few minutes and you are bound to find what you are looking for.
What pissed me off during my visit there is the way they snicker and say ‘nosebleed’ to the simplest english. Goes to show that their brains are too small that blood flows to their noses just because they cannot comprehend a simple english word. Stupid flips.

Maria Janisa
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You’re quite wrong about your comment regarding our knowledge in English.We can speak the language mostly in school but not on a day to day basis hence we feel shy to use it especially to a fellow Filipino and tend to say “nosebleed” when we hear somebody speak in English whether it’s from a foreigner or a friend.The “nosebleed” remark has become more like a joke than a serious one.

Johnny Saint
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Pardon me, but how is it possible that you are capable of speaking English in school, but incapable of carrying a regular conversation with anyone else? What’s the difference? What makes it socially unacceptable to use English as a means of communicating? Race? Gender? Age? Smacks of prejudice. And what happens when you get to the work place? The English skills you learned in school get packed away in the back of your closet? Or thrown away with the rest of your textbooks? I would think English communication is more useful at work. Especially if you correspond with multinationals. As… Read more »
johndoenymous@gmail.com
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johndoenymous@gmail.com

In this case, this joke functionally means “stop talking in English”.

There was a time we joked about nosebleeds when highfalutin words are brought into a conversation. I don’t know how or why it’s now mentioned whenever someone around speaks in English.

Parley
Guest

Since when did rudely showing ignorance become a joke? ‘Nosebleed’ to the English language is never funny.

Johnny Saint
Guest

“I don’t know how or why it’s now mentioned whenever someone around speaks in English.”

It’s a misguided attempt to be politically correct, i.e. the group (society) doesn’t want to let the morons know exactly how utterly stupid and incapable they are of stringing words together to form sentences that convey a simple idea; an extreme practice that emerged from the desire of not wanting to cause emotional distress to others.

Or maybe its because the majority have become more intellectually challenged because their brains leaked out their ears watching tele-novelas on ABS-CBN.

Kingston
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Filipinos aside from being too sensitive also have that odd sense of FALSE PRIDE. I remember seeing all these “Proud to be Filipino” comments in every You Tube video of the Bourne Identity just because the film’s location was in Manila. For a simple location! I didn’t hear the Cambodians wave their flag to the high heavens when Tomb Raider was filmed there. I didn’t see the Japs cry out their race in pride when The Fast and the Furious featured Japan. Other nations kept it cool. The Filipinos on the other hand are too keen to shove their pride… Read more »
OnesimusUnbound
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LOL, I agree. Every minutiae association of Filipino on the web gets a “PROUD PINOY” tag that dominates the comment section.

libertas
Guest

Philippines now selling childrens t-shirts – ” am proud to be an exploited child”

Maria Janisa
Guest

You’re right,Kingston.I’ve been seeing that countless of times and it really get on my nerves that sometimes I made a comment to rebuke them.I’m a Filipino but not a bias one,I see both sides of my country and the worst of it.I know what my country is and how religion and politicians ruin it since I was a kid and grew to dislike it and feel the terror of the thought of going back there.

Sheridan
Guest

Why on earth are Filipinos so sensitive and defensive???

Robert Haighton
Guest

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nosebleed

Society and culture
And in Philippines, “nosebleed” is sometimes used whenever a person hears a different dialect and cannot comprehend as well as speak that foreign language will lead to nosebleeding.