[This post is dedicated to Kevin Trinidad who is in Singapore and to all the women readers as today’s International Women’s Day.]
BEFORE GOING TOO FAR. President Datu Andrada (Joel de la Fuente) and US Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord made an intimate call. Initially, she thought it lightly before hitting him back when he goes too far with the uncomfortable innuendos. This scene was made controversial in the embassy in Washington and the Palace because of the similarities with the real President.
THIS SUNDAY night in the United States — Monday morning here in the Philippines — CBS political thriller Madam Secretary will air a fresh episode but one of its scenes will be provocative.
The synopsis of the series, now on its third season, focuses on testing the waters of countries with diplomatic relations of America, led by Téa Leoni as US Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord.
In our television sphere, Madam Secretary currently holds rights on its second season on both 2nd Avenue on RJTV 29 and Sony Entertainment Television on cable.
In the clip of the new episode, titled “Break in Diplomacy” (s3e15), the lecherous yet fictitious Philippine President Datu Andrada (portrayed by Joel de la Fuente) is alone with the Secretary in a room similar to one in Malacañang. The diplomat initially laughs off at uncomfortable advances from the leader of an important treaty ally but when he quips too far, she snaps, punches him on the face and leaves him a bloodied nose.
With that description, the Philippine embassy in Washington cried foul and the Palace condemned it because the fictitious President was embodied into the actual President, Rodrigo Duterte. The fanatics would backlash this act, would call the show’s cast and producers with persona non grata and would demand an apology.
However, that’s not the only case of national outrage over an American TV series, remember that episode of Desperate Housewives (ABC) regarding the qualification and quality of our country’s medical degrees eight years ago?
For there are people who are fumed, others refute or don’t mind at all.
The President’s harshest critics in social media will feast — have their field day — over the episode and will treat it as a keepsake. Some remarks would say that “art imitates life” and “truth hurts.” A common advice would be given to the complaining bandwagon to take it with a “grain of salt” — iodized salt that is.
Perhaps, for principled women who are celebrating their universal day today, a lesson behind the episode can be learned from that clip: “Misogyny should have no place in this world, especially in politics.”
Once this current season ends in May, it’s up to the cable channels if this episode will be accepted if they secure the broadcast rights on that season for the viewers who missed or wanted to watch this series.
P.S.: To Mr. Sunday, instead of nagging your favorite day over Twitter, why not watch that episode and make a judgment out of it?
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Photo courtesy of: Rappler.com/David M. Russell/CBS