“Show compassion for those who may be affected adversely by Weblog content. Use special sensitivity when dealing with children and inexperienced sources or subjects.”
I remember reading this reminder for bloggers a couple of weeks ago from the CyberJournalist.net website. The article greatly impacted my blogging life and reminded me to be always responsible in whatever I do online.
This morning came with a shock to me when I saw this screenshot on my Facebook newsfeed:
I was like, “Ha? What’s that again?” I reminded myself to calm down and look for the full video on Youtube. True enough, it was there, and I watched it over and over again to get the full context of the joke cracked by Katherine Ryan on BBC Two show’s, “Mock The Week.”
Here’s the full video I found uploaded on Youtube. Please watch it carefully to get a better idea of what I am talking about. Ryan’s joke begins at 1:40.
I personally don’t know Ms. Katherine Ryan and I have no right to judge her in anyway. In the same manner, she doesn’t personally know how adorable, loving, hardworking, charming, friendly, and smart Filipino kids are. I’m also not sure if the joke she cracked on the “Unlikely Lines from a Cosmetics Commercial” came from a scriptwriter, and that she was only asked to utter it. Neverthless, something’s not right here.
I only have one plea for her as a Filipino mother myself. Regardless of whatever race or nationality she used as her joke material, I ask that she leaves the children alone. Yes, I’m in deep sorrow to have watched this because I’m a mother to a Filipino child.
Please also find in your heart to understand that I don’t find this joke funny in any way. I remember watching Prof. Winnie Monsod a few nights ago. Her post script on her show, “Bawal Ang Pasaway” (GMA News TV) nailed it when she guested the well-known satirist, Pugad Baboy creator, Pol Medina. This is the benchmark. She said, “Laugh With Someone, not laugh AT someone.”
In this case, I’m not laughing with Katherine Ryan, and I strongly feel that the Filipino children are being laughed at. Filipino Chidren are certainly NOT Guinea Pigs, even if it was meant to be a joke. Please stop the mockery!