Monday, July 1, 2013
Race in the Philippines
While there may be a lot of people who will disagree with the Bugle on this but the Bugle believes that there is a lot of racial discrimination in this country. No, we are not talking about when a foreigner goes to the market and gets overcharged. (believe it or not those same things happen to Filipinos who are visiting from different areas) What The Bugle is talking about is blatant out and out racism. Imagine the uproar that would occur if a major television show in the U.S. used a white actor or actress in blackface. Yet these types of things occur here in the Philippines quite regularly on the noontime variety shows, and several of the telenovelas. (Luna Blanca is one series that comes to mind) What really boggles the old brain cells is the lost employment opportunity for all of the struggling indigenous peoples out there. Where are all of those NGOs tasked with empowering the poor and downtrodden folks when it comes to fair and equitable treatment in the media? The Bugle cannot believe that in a country of millions the entertainment industry can not find at least one person of color to employ in these shows.