GMA-7’s ‘Eat Bulaga,’ ‘The Borrowed Wife’ irk nurses group, call center agents for ‘degrading portrayals’
MANILA, Philippines – Within a span of two days this week, two GMA-7 Kapuso programs reaped immediate and serious complaints: first, from the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) for ‘Eat Bulaga’s’ (EB) allegedly offending dance number; and, second, from podcast program titled ‘The Call Center Show’ (TCCS) for GMA-7’s ‘The Borrowed Wife’s’ allegedly degrading statements towards call center agents.
The PNA, headed by President Roger Tong-an, has filed a complaint over EB before the Movie Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) last Monday. Meanwhile, TCCS program runner JM Cruz expressed shock and indignation towards TBW’s writers and producers portrayal of call center agents and published his dismay on FashionPulis.com and other social media platforms.
Sexualized dancing nurses?
The PNA’s complaints rooted from an opening dance segment performed on January 18 in the noontime show EB, which featured actresses Pauleen Luna, LJ Reyes, and Ryza Cenon, together with their back up dancers, all dressed like nurses. President Tong-an condemned what he described as the ‘improper and inappropriate wearing of nurse uniform and cap’ in the said dance number. Below is a full copy of the complaint letter:
According to the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses, Article III, section 11, nurses are prohibited to engage in activities that might “demean the image of the profession like indecent exposure, violation of dress code, seductive behavior, among others.” This also coincides with the 2006 DILG Memorandum Circular signed by former DILG secretary Ronaldo V. Puno, who emphasized that “all City and Municipal Mayors are enjoined to prohibit the improper display or use of uniform should the practice demeans the image and integrity of the nursing profession.”
However, a day after the dance number, a Facebook page named “Stop Making Nurses Work Without Salaries” pointed out that “the three lead dancers are all dancing sexually and keep humping the air,” and that “they have skirts way above the knees,” and at one point shows the underneath of “Ryza Cenon’s skirt when she spins.” The page added that the dancers cap fell to the ground or were thrown away. A two-minute video of the said dance number can be watched here.
Netizen and nurses shared mixed reactions on Facebook after watching the said dance number.
Belittling call center agents?
On the other hand, TCCS host and show creator JM Cruz had bad impression on the pilot episode of TBW aired on January 20, which stars Camille Prats, Rafael Rosell, TJ Trinidad and Pauleen Luna. In his letter published on entertainment blog FashionPulis.com, Cruz said, on behalf of his fellow agents, that the stars of the program made insulting reference to the call center agents with dialogues such as “hindi ako nag-aral para sumagot lang ng telepono (I did not study just to answer telephone calls),” and “pang-walang pinag-aralan lang yan (that is for uneducated only).”
“We strongly condemn this kind of mockery,” Cruz expressed. “[They have] the nerve of these supposed writers to discriminate against an industry they knew nothing about!”
Cruz added that he, together with other call center agents, felt enraged and violated by TBW’s writers and producers’ “gall to belittle an industry with billions in revenues, [which makes] it one of the chief economic drivers” in the Philippines.
“We will not take these things sitting down; we will pursue this unless mistakes are rectified,” he said.
Excerpts from the afternoon television series can be watched here: After watching, some call center agents also shared their dismay about how call center agents were portrayed in the said soap opera.
As of now, MTRCB and GMA Network have yet to release official statement concerning these matters.
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