The Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) has filed a complaint against GMA 7’s ‘Eat Bulaga’ before the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) last Tuesday.
This comes three days after the long-running noontime show had a dance number featuring actresses Pauleen Luna, LJ Reyes, and Ryza Cenon. The three, together with their backup dancers, were all dressed like nurses throughout their performance last January 18.
In his letter to MTRCB, PNA president Roger Tong-an condemned what he described as the ‘improper and inappropriate wearing of nurse uniform and cap’ during the said dance number. Read his full letter-complaint here.
“It has offended our highly esteemed Filipino nurses here and abroad who work hard in order to uplift our profession to its highest level,” he said, adding that the PNA denounces such disrespect to nurses’ professional image. Both the MTRCB and the management of ‘Eat Bulaga’ are yet to make any statement about the issue.
Article III, section 11 of the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses states that nurses should not engage in activities that might demean the image of the profession like indecent exposure, violation of dress code, seductive behavior, among others.
A Facebook page named ‘Stop Making Nurses Work Without Salaries’ first took note of the episode the following day. The group pointed out that the performers “were all dancing sexually and keep humping the air” and that “they have skirts that are way above the knees.” A two-minute video of the controversial dance number can be viewed here.
“This is a clear disrespect and sexualization of the image of nurses everywhere, which perpetuates the negative stereotypes of nurses in the media,” the group administrators said. They also called on Eat Bulaga to issue a public apology to all Filipino nurses.