There are people who say that Filipinos are one of the most racist people in the planet, OR are too onion-skinned when people of other nationalities comment about anything-Filipino.
We have the right to be offended by racist remarks directed at us, but there are also times when our vitriolic responses to our injured national pride crosses the line as well.
Filipinos being some of the most active social media users in the world, the bitterness can simmer online and spiral out of control.
The following list is a list of popular Hollywood actors who have allegedly expressed racist comments about Filipinos! We want you to discern: What is racism? What are the parameters for a comment to be considered a racist remark? Are these people listed here really racist? Tell us what you think after reading the entire list.
1. Dan Brown
A lot of us love Dan Brown, but it seems a lot of us hated him, too when he published his book “Inferno”. Not only the netizens reacted bitterly to his book, Philippine authorities were also bitter over Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown’s portrayal of Manila as “the gates of hell” in his latest novel.
The book Inferno includes a character who describes the capital as a city of horrible traffic jams, suffocating pollution, massive poverty and a thriving child sex trade. The chairman of the government agency managing Manila, Francis Tolentino, sent a letter to Brown and his publishers on criticising the “inaccurate portrayal of our beloved metropolis”.
While the book is fictional, an excerpt on the American author’s website stresses that “all artwork, literature, science, and historical references in this novel are real”.
“I’ve run through the gates of hell,” the character says after her experiences in Manila.