There are people who say that Filipinos are one of the most racist people in the planet, OR are too onion-skinned when people of other nationalities comment about anything-Filipino.
We have the right to be offended by racist remarks directed at us, but there are also times when our vitriolic responses to our injured national pride crosses the line as well.
Filipinos being some of the most active social media users in the world, the bitterness can simmer online and spiral out of control.
The following list is a list of popular Hollywood actors who have allegedly expressed racist comments about Filipinos! We want you to discern: What is racism? What are the parameters for a comment to be considered a racist remark? Are these people listed here really racist? Tell us what you think after reading the entire list.
1. Dan Brown
A lot of us love Dan Brown, but it seems a lot of us hated him, too when he published his book “Inferno”. Not only the netizens reacted bitterly to his book, Philippine authorities were also bitter over Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown’s portrayal of Manila as “the gates of hell” in his latest novel.
The book Inferno includes a character who describes the capital as a city of horrible traffic jams, suffocating pollution, massive poverty and a thriving child sex trade. The chairman of the government agency managing Manila, Francis Tolentino, sent a letter to Brown and his publishers on criticising the “inaccurate portrayal of our beloved metropolis”.
While the book is fictional, an excerpt on the American author’s website stresses that “all artwork, literature, science, and historical references in this novel are real”.
“I’ve run through the gates of hell,” the character says after her experiences in Manila.
2. Lucy Liu
On “The Late Show with David Letterman,” Lucy Liu stirred controversy in the Philippines and among Filipinos living around the world. When Letterman asked Liu if she enjoyed running indoors or outdoors, she replied,
“I run in a machine. It’s easier for me. Also, if I get really dark, I’ll start to look a little Filipino. It wouldn’t match.”
Amid the chaos that followed, the actress issued this statement to Inquirer: “I’m so sorry that my comment was taken out of context, as I would never insult another group or ethnicity.” Lucy Liu said.
According to the Inquirer interview at New York’s The London Hotel with Lucy, who stars with Jonny Lee Miller in “Elementary,” we asked what she learned from that incident. “It’s strange, because people don’t know what your history is like,” she began. “My best friends when I was growing up were Filipinos. They would actually say, ‘Oh my God, you look Filipino,’ when I was dark. They were joking about it. You take that into context in your life. But, when you look at it on a broader perspective, you realize that people don’t know anything about you. They don’t know that you grew up with Filipinos as your best friends.”
During his appearance in the CBS talk show hosted by David Letterman, Kitsch said last week that the Philippine Customs officers stopped him at the airport, saying he had to go back to Japan because his passport was full.
Kitsch described his experience as he arrived in the Philippines on board a flight from Japan. As he went through the arrival process, he described being called by an officer and told that he would be sent back to Japan, on the basis that his passport did not have enough space for the officer’s stamp.
Kitsch even described the scenario in detail, saying that “everyone was smoking, the oscillating fan there” while he was being questioned. He said that he was repeatedly told that he would be sent back to Japan. Later on, he said that he had to prove that he is an actor by showing a video of his movie from his iPhone.
According to Kitsch, an unidentified Customs officer also demanded his iPhone, but eventually allowed him entry after he showed the trailer of his upcoming movie John Carter. It was at that point, he claimed, that the officer said, “can you get me one of those?”.
However, it was later brought to light that Kitsch’s movie shoot [John Carter] was in Indonesia’s West Nusa Tenggara province, and not Philippines. According to Philippine officials, the star had never applied for entry into the country.