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Monday, October 15, 2007

Filipinos Picket Union Square Disney Store, File Suit Over Housewives Humor

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2007 at 11:18 AM

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Don't fuck with the Philippines. Filipino doctors in the U.S. are filing a class action lawsuit against Walt-Disney-owned ABC over a line delivered by Palo-Alto original Teri Hatcher on the Sept. 30th episode "Desperate Housewives."

Here's the line, which you can watch in context here:

"Okay, before we go any further, can I check those diplomas? ‘Cause I would just like to make sure they are not from some med. school in the Philippines."

The comment has sparked outrage in the Philippines and prompted members of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFA) to picket in front of the Union Square Disney Store Sunday.

Despite ABC's apology, local Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) issued a statement calling the line a "desperate attempt at humor." Was that a pun?

No word yet on an apology from Mickey Mouse, Porky Pig or Pluto.

-- Brian Bernbaum

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