We know that Manny Pacquiao can punch.
And that the champ is nobody’s punchline.
So why is it that in U.S. pop culture, that’s not true for the rest of us.
Have you noticed? Filipinos are way too often the punchline.
It happened again the other night on the FX debut of “The Comedians.” Joshua Gad jokes about joining Billy Crystal in a sitcom. Talking to his agent on the phone, Gad says he wants Latinos to see his work; And blacks; And that other group. You know that group….
The agent then says, “Filipinos? (beat) They’re terrific.”
The tag doesn’t soften the blow.
Listen to the dialogue here: 150409_001
So we’re mentioned. That’s some consolation prize. Inclusion? I didn’t see any Filipinos in the cast.
It reminded me how Anchorman 2 had a Filipino dog eating joke that was really offensive. See my take here.
Replace “Filipino” with “Jew” and you know there’d be cries of anti-Semitism. It would be somewhat mitigated by the fact that the Jews are making the products on screen.
So that’s really the answer isn’t it? We need to see more American Filipinos producing and directing projects.
If that were the case, we can tell our own dog jokes.
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