Katherine Ryan, a Canadian comedienne based in the United Kingdom, earned the ire of local netizens after using Filipino children as the subject of her punchline in Mock the Week, a game show that airs in British Broadcasting Corporation.
In a segment where participants were asked to say unlikely lines from a cosmetics commercial, Ryan said: “We don’t use any of our products on animals. We use Filipino children.” A 15-second clip featuring her quip has been uploaded on YouTube last June 13. It has received 14, 000 views so far. Watch a three-minute video of the segment through this website.
According to a write-up about Mock The Week, the show requires guests to deliver answers on unexpected subjects on the spur of the moment. Ergo, Ryan’s joke about Filipino children is an unscripted one. Read more about her in this Wikipedia profile.
Already, Filipino netizens have expressed their disgust over the joke. Here are some reactions posted on Facebook and YouTube.
“We don’t test our products on our shoes, we use Britons to clean our shoes!”
“Jusmiyo.. Sikat talaga ang mga PINOY kaya sinisira nila.. Ay naku,di naman kagandahan itong si ate,mukhang animal din. Lol”
“This is not funny. Children should be taken care and not use on advertisements.”
“If I ever see your children I will surely drown them.. B*tch!!!!”
“Who is that woman? Would you like Filipinos to experiment on you? Maybe put a bomb on your mouth? hmmm? How is that sound?”
UPDATE: Responding to a query from The Filipino Scribe, Katherine Ryan said via Twitter (@Kathbum): “If you’d watched the whole show instead of reacting to a still shot out of context, you might feel that I was criticizing the EXPLOITATION of children. The joke is never, ever ON children. Watch the show.”
She also stressed that the two-minute long clip of the episode that’s uploaded on YouTube does not encapsulate the full nature and tone of the program. This should make us ask ourselvs: are we overreacting again, similar to what happened during that Lucy Liu brouhaha a few months ago?