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Home Columns Op-Ed Page Derogatory and racist remarks by Teri Hatcher of “Desperate Housewives”
Derogatory and racist remarks by Teri Hatcher of “Desperate Housewives” PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 02 October 2007 17:36

Part III of "Should We Do Desperate Moves About the Supposed "Desperate Housewives" Slur on RP's Med Schools?"


To: The ABC management and staff 
Your writers/editors/actors/actresses ought to know what they're talking about before making such obviously ignorant comments on Filipino doctors and Philippine medical schools. 

What Teri Hatcher said about checking "those diplomas to see if they are not from some medical schools in the Philippines" after she was informed by her TV gynecologist that she was hitting menopause, only shows her and the writers/producers/editors of Desperate Housewives' utter ignorance of the world beyond the length of their noses! 
I will not belabor the point that there are more than 22,000 Filipino-American physicians now practicing in the U.S. and taking care of millions of American and other patients of different nationalities/ethnicities in the thousands of hospitals and other medical care facilities all over the U.S. and in U.S. military establishments, since this is common knowledge. But allow me to say that there is also a big group of Filipino physicians practicing in Canada, the United Kingdom, and many parts of Europe. 
Ms. Hatcher's and the others' little or utter lack of knowledge of U.S. and State governments' numerous and very strict requirements that must be fully satisfied by foreign medical graduates, not to mention the battery of exams they must pass before they are allowed to practice anywhere in these United States, was also blatantly demonstrated in that very racist and inane remarks! The old saying that "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing", a very safe but fair warning to those not in the know, was completely lost on Ms. Hatcher and her ilk, who mouthed the derogatory words, in an attempt to sound funny.

It sure was funny but the joke was on them and all of those who laughed with them, because what was revealed to the American public was not the perceived incompetence of Filipino physicians and supposed inferiority of Philippine medical schools, but their very own pitiful ignorance! 
Next time, please be advised to heed another old saying, "look before you leap!" You might land. not on water, but on solid rock and break your sorry little pin heads! 
Romy Monteyro 
(A Filipino-American journalism graduate of a Philippine university) 

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