Old colonial scars revealed: The presumptuous diplomatic row over the Madam Secretary circus

Filipinos have long been known for their inability to distinguish between real life and reel life. Theirs is a society, after all, that elects showbiz politicians to power on the basis of the achievements their fictional characters win on screen.

Thus it is hardly surprising that a diplomatic row would erupt over a recent fictional depiction of a Philippine president on the American TV show Madam Secretary

In the next episode of the TV series “Madam Secretary,” which airs on CBS on March 12, the fictional Philippine leader gets punched in the face by the fictional US secretary of state after he makes a pass at her during a foreign policy meeting.

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The 20-second video teaser of the episode, titled “Break in Diplomacy,” shows fictional Philippine President Datu Andrada, played by actor Joel de la Fuente, with a bloodied nose after a shocked US Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord, played by actress Téa Leoni, punched him in the face in a room that looks like the Office of the President in Malacañang.

A Philippine flag and the seal of the President of the Philippines are also seen in the background.

Before getting punched in the face, the Philippine leader is shown leering at McCord.

As expected, this latest circus has elicited all the wrong responses from both camps in the Philippines’ political “war”.

On the administration side, the government of President Rodrigo Duterte sent a letter oto CBS Corp to “strongly protest the highly negative depiction of a character purported to be the Philippine President.”

On the anti-Duterte and Opposition camps, the usual online “activists” and members of various politically-passionate cliques are cheering the spectacle as evidence that Hollywood is somehow expressing solidarity with their cause.

But taking a higher vantage point to this latest outrage fad offers a more simple take on this latest spectacle: It’s a TV show. Get a grip.

If (and this is a big IF) the producers of Madam Secretary actually did make a conscious attempt to take a swipe at Duterte, they weren’t really doing anything that the Yellowtards in the Philippines haven’t been doing over the last 12 months consistent with their lame efforts to chip away at the president’s broad base of support. As such, the big high fives being presumptuously sent out by anti-Duterte Filipinos to their old colonial masters across the Pacific are really just another manifestation of the need for colonial validation that Filipinos remain addicted to.

On the part of the current administration, well, Jesus, you guys should have just let that one pass. It’s just a TV show.

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Dave
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Remember when the real Philippine President insulted the real American President in real life, and the American President shrugged it off?

d_forsaken
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Fiction writers, magicians, politicians and priests are the only people rewarded for entertaining us with their lies.

If you make fiction just as valuable as reality, then any reality you don’t need can be a delusion.

787Hyden007Toro999.999
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The TV series was made by leftist TV writers. The actress, looks like they are featuring : Hilary Clinton… Filipinos are not sexual predators, as featured in the TV series..they are not as ignorant, as the story showed. We have good Presidents, and Diplomats,; who understand Diplomatic protocols. In truth, it is the Americans, who are sexual predators; and who are raping Filipino women. How many American Marines had raped Filipino women ? The last rape case; the complainant Filipinos woman, who was raped; was given a Green Card, in exchange for dropping of the rape case. How many Filipinos… Read more »
salagintong bukid
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YES! death penalty is the solution for those committing heinous crimes no doubt. why let the senate decide about it? they should ask the people. let the voice of the pilipinos be heard on death penalty. those who opposed it knew they’ve committed heinous crimes.

actjaxs3000
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Question, what makes this different now? American presidents and other countries presidents have been showed in American TV shows, movies and everything doing stuff from raping, killing, getting killed, and many other things. The White house has literally been blown up and destroyed many times all through the history of Hollywood before you and I were born. It is a TV show.

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@Actjaxs3000: There is a difference in featuring us, Filipinos, as ignorant, sexual predators and without knowledge of diplomatic protocol…much more without civility… Why did the TV writer choose us, instead of other countries ? There are American liberals , who support the Aquino Cojuangco political axis. The American leftist and liberals , who are supporters of Obama, and Hilary Clinton, are mostly , in the American TV media. The TV story has something to do with Pres. Duterte, swearing on Obama (“Putang Ina” ), who I believe deserved it …Obama’s mother was a white girl from Iowa, who was impregnated… Read more »
salagintong bukid
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to date, trillanes is already guilty of violating Republic Act No. 6968, section 3 Chapter 1. it’s a race between him and president duterte at the finish line.

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@actjaxs3000: American TV writers, should be sensitive to the feelings of other people. We are not Americans. We are Filipinos. Most of those in the entertainment world are extreme liberals, like Hollywood in California; and TV industries in New York. So, the scene of a Philippine President being slapped by a Secretary of State is uncalled for…it is an insult to us.. My brother, who is a practicing physician in the U.S., had practiced in Iowa. He practiced there for more than ten (10) years. Iowa is an agricultural state, with mostly white farmers. The Mexican illegal aliens, help in… Read more »
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@actjaxs3000:
It still matter , even Obama and Aquino are not presidents. Obama put a “shadow government”, that subvert the political agendas of Pres. Trump.

Aquino also placed a “Shadow government”, and put a Fake Vice President, Leni Robredo, whose late husband , Jesse Robredo, was involved in illegal gambling and illegal Shabu drugs.

The Aquino Cojuangco political axis, is involved in trying to discredit and impeach Pres. Duterte!

So, we believe the TV scene is part of the Obama/Aquino Cojuangco political axis, efforts to discredit Pres. Duterte !

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@sckang: Who cares, if you are an American…does that mean , you are always right all the time ? The scene of the TV show, is a political propaganda. We are not too dumb to distinguish between fiction entertainment and political propaganda… I have not seen any Filipino TV shows, that portrayed Americans, as stereotypes. I have not seen any TV show; showing any Filipino government official slapping an American President. The Americans may be showing Pres. Trump, as stupid jerk, in their Saturday Live Night show….however, it is their business… We don’t want to be portrayed as : dumb,… Read more »
actjaxs3000
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BIG QUESTION, why is it that Pitch Perfect 2 the movie was one of the highest grossing movies here in the Philippines and has the song spotlight that everyone sings at Karaoke was okay to the Philippine people. It directly talks about Lady-boys of the Philippines and the old guy going back stage to have sex with one of the people and most important his many sex trips to the Philippines. Where is the outrage? Right the movie had music in it, so that made it okay right? Or was it because everyone wanted to say it was just a… Read more »
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I have seen the episode from end to end and here’s my 2 centavos. It was pretty much what i expected; the president portrayed is pretty much a blend of manny pacquiao, duterte and bill clinton. In short, he is a hollywood caricature… and yes, given the right PR and the right time… the filipino people will actually vote someone like him into office. There is a scene wherein the ph armed forces chief indirectly asked mccord and co. if they were willing to participate in a covert assassination attempt to oust the president and install the vice-president who was… Read more »
actjaxs3000
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Du30 is lying or the problems with rapes and murder in the Philippines is a Fillipino problems not a foreigner problem. ? By Du30 official reports and going all the way to 2004 when official records were made public. Foreigners have never accounted for more than 0.75 percent of the of any crime here in the Philippines. Matter of fact rape and murder is almost exclusively to Filipinos. Foreigners accounted for less than 0.1 percent the last 5 years. Also the safest places to avoid being raped or killed, in is the areas that have the highest percentages of foreigners… Read more »
claudio
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It’s a big irony in the Philippines that the rich and educated actually suffer more from colonial mentality than the middle and lower classes. Saw this Bloomberg Phils video and I was struck by the attitude of the Pinoy anchor person while he was interviewing Agnes Callamard about the situation in the Philippines. https://www.facebook.com/BloombergTVPh/videos/vb.1664321827137907/1929203493983071/?type=3&theater I think the Pinoy anchor’s name is JP Ong. He looks like your typical sheltered, upper middle class Starbucks type. Listen to his line of questioning. He’s so starstruck with Callamard and the UN that he thinks they should just step over the head of the… Read more »