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Thursday, 08 April 2010 20:46

 

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

Journal Group Link International)

 

 

Filipino Americans Appeal to Sponsors to Boycott Racist Broadcast Personality

 

C HICAGO (JGLi) – A group of Filipino Americans is not satisfied with the apology of an obscure broadcast personality in Los Angeles, California, even after apologizing for his racist remarks that “Manny Pacquiao is illiterate” and that the “Philippines has nothing (but) sex stores.”

 

Atty. Arnedo Valera, director of the Migrant Heritage Commission based in Fairfax, Virginia, said in a letter dated April 7 to Adam Carolla, who wanted to make a name for himself, at the expense of the Filipino pound-for-pound champion and the Filipino people, that a recidivist like Carolla, who had been accused and had apologized for mouthing racist remarks in the past, does not deserve to be forgiven if he does not show a “real and genuine public apology.”

 

Mr. Valera said, “this time, we will not take your racial tirade sitting down. We are writing to your sponsors for them to withdraw their support as your program is not worthy of public trust and respect.”

 

In his website, Mr. Carolla, a self-confessed atheist, said, “I wanted to officially apologize to Manny Pacquiao and the Filipino community for the things I said on my podcast. I think Manny’s a great fighter, and was humbled this morning when I saw that Manny had accepted my apology halfway around the world.

 

“As a Podcaster, I have the freedom to not be censored by a network, which can be a blessing and a curse. As a comedian, I rant as part of my act but my comments were hurtful, and for that I apologize.”

 

In his April 4, 2010 podcast, Mr. Carolla, a school dropout, referred to Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao as being illiterate and having brain damage and that he prays to "chicken bones."

 

The 45-year-old Italian American also said the Philippines "got [Pacquiao] and sex tours, that's all they have over there."

 

Filipino leaders, including President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and the Filipino press demanded an apology from Mr. Carolla, who later apologized via his Twitter account and on his blog.

 

A letter to Mr. Carolla signed by Atty. Valera and two other directors of the Migrant Heritage Commission, Jesse Gatchalian and Grace Valera-Jaramillo, and furnished this reporter said, “We are speaking on behalf of the Filipino-American immigrants and the Filipino people in general on your recent public pronouncement against us.

 

“(T)hese whole racist remarks from a supposedly intelligent person like you, being part of the media, is all about you and not us.

 

“We would like to think that members of the media have all the sensitivity and sensibility before they begin opening their mouths. Unfortunately, Mr. Carolla, you are certainly one of the most-senseless media practitioners the US could ever have.

 

“We know that the media profession compels all practitioners to do thorough research, interviews, and background investigation before they could start writing a story or be on board their radio programs and TV shows.

 

“More importantly, media professionals have to uphold the highest ethical standard of reporting the truth, balancing news, respecting people’s views and cultural backgrounds, religious beliefs, and political standpoints.

  
“Your recent pronouncements against us, Filipinos, Mr. Carolla, are an act of ignorance and not of intelligence and professionalism.  Behind that feeling of superiority of being a White American, is actually a failure of your human faculty to think and feel for the diversity of the cultures, which
America is made of.

 

“You have been criticized for making racist jokes in the past. In 2003, you called Native Hawaiians ‘the world's dumbest people,’ ‘retarded,’ and ‘in-bred.’ In 2006, you publicly apologized to the Asian-American community for your usage of ‘ching-chong, ching-chong’ when referring to Asian American actor Daniel Dae Kim.

 

“It is high time that you practice professionalism in media, Mr. Carolla. On behalf of the Filipino-American immigrants and the Filipino people whom you have unnecessarily hurt, we demand a real-and-genuine public apology from you.

 

“This time we will not take your racial tirade sitting down.  We are writing to your sponsors for them to withdraw their support as your program is not worthy of public trust and respect.” (lariosa_jos@sbcglobal.net) # # #

 

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