Apparently there are still some Filipinos who find humor in one’s ethnicity, branding them, brandishing them to elicit laughter. A classical example is this tweet that was tagged to my timeline by a concerned follower, @baklushdiana.
@pinoy_humor: English ka ng english, mukha ka namang Igorot. (You keep on speaking in English when your face looks like an Igorot).
Initially I took it lightly and thus I replied:
@drclinton: all I know is Igorots are one of the best English speakers of the country noong wala pang Powers na yan. (All I know is Igorots are one of the best English speakers of the country even without the presents of John Robert Powers in the country).
In all fairness to @pinoy_humor, he/she/it apologized saying “sorry po doc.. hindi na mauulet.:-(” [sorry doctor, it wont happen again 😦 ]. However, I was already mincing what that joke was all about and thus warned him/her/it. I replied, “that was a bad ethnic joke. Wag ka papakilala, mapupugutan ka ng ulo dito.” (“that was a bad ethnic joke. Dont reveal your identity or you will be beheaded here.” — Igorots had been previously known to be headhunters)
@pinoy_humor replied: @drclinton nakapatay ba ako ng tao, kung maka tweet naman kayo sir.. #ReadTheTwitterNameSir, apologizing is enough sir #Dot (Did I kill someone, how could you tweet such)
And then I asked him/her/it:
@drclinton: @Pinoy_Humor “what did you intend to mean with mukha ka namang Igorot for your tweet to be funny at all?” (What did you intend to mean with you look like an Igorot for your tweet to be funny at all?)
Eventually he/she/it replied:
@Pinoy_Humor: @drclinton At first I found it funny but I decided to delete it when I thought my followers like you will get mad.
Instead of me trying to accept her initial apology, I was getting enraged and asked him/her/it:
@drclinton: @Pinoy_Humor “why did you consider it funny at first? Na kaming mga Igorot at di nababagay mag-English? or kami’y mukhang nakakatawa?” (Why did you consider it funny at first? That we Igorot arent supposed to be speaking English? or that we Igorots look funny?)
@Pinoy_Humor : @drclinton Again I’m sorry. This will be my last tweet.
Shocked and angry, I screen captured that particular tweet and asked my followers if they find the tweet funny or humorous at all. In unison, everyone thought it was not humorous nor funny, it was offensive and discriminating against a fellow Filipino.