Filipinos not smiling after Chinese drama ‘Make My Heart Smile’ slur
MANILA, Philippines — A Chinese drama is facing widespread criticism on social media after one of its episodes showed racial slurs against Filipinos.
Twitter user @kthseokkity shared a screenshot of the first episode of “Make My Heart Smile” which showed one of the characters insulting a woman, saying she “looked like a Filipino maid.”
“Saddening that they’ve stereotyped Filipinos as maids. While it’s a reality, that line from a drama just made it sound even more degrading,” read the tweet.
as a filo, this is very offensive and disrespectful pic.twitter.com/Gi7e0aOX2CFEATURED STORIESENTERTAINMENT
— ًathea !? (@kthseokkity) February 9, 2021
“Ofw’s [overseas Filipino workers] are seen highly & should be given respect since they make a lot of sacrifices & put in hard work rich people can’t even imagine,” it added.
The tweet, which flagged the racial slur, received thousands of replies and likes.
Social media user with Twitter handle @Fruitwicetan replied to the tweet, saying: “Maid man kami sa inyong paningin, West Philippine Sea ay amin Pa rin.” (We may be maids but the West Philippine Sea is still ours.)
Maid man kami sa inyong paningin , West Philippine Sea ay amin Parin. 😂
— 🐨 (@Fruitwicetan) February 9, 2021ADVERTISEMENT
Another Twitter user @tatacheekies was also dismayed over the racial slur, saying house help are treasured just like a member of the family in the Philippines.
“This is both making me sad and mad.. many people in the Philippines treasure their maids/nannies as their own mom/family member.. respect please,” read the tweet.
this is both making me sad and mad.. many people in the Philippines treasure their maids/nannies as their own mom/family member.. respect please
— mayie🍓 (@tatacheekies) February 9, 2021
The Chinese drama, consisting of 24 episodes, started airing in February this year.
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