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Ethnic Joke Gone Bad – Target: Igorot

24 Jun

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)

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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?)

He/She/It replied…

@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.

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5 Comments

Posted by on June 24, 2012 in Personal

 

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5 responses to “Ethnic Joke Gone Bad – Target: Igorot

  1. Lustung

    June 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    on that statement “english ka ng english , mukha ka namang igorot” to my fellow igorots, instead of being offended, why don you say’ “WOOOOOW! really? you sure na mukha akong Igorot??? THANKKKKKS!!!! because how igorots look like nga ba talaga? go to Benguet and Mountain Province, nakakahiya ba mga mukha ng igorot? punta ka sa kasuluk sulukan ng probinsya ng benguet and compare it to kasuluksulukan ng ibang probinsya…. and same with our igorots in the cities and in abroad, we look great so instead na ma offend tayu you must educate our fellow filipinos na di alam kung ano ang itsura ng mga igorot!!!!

     
    • drclintonb

      June 26, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      that joke just demeaned Igorots, it seems that to him, we Igorots have an attribute different from those who should be speaking English here in the Philippines.

       
      • lustung

        June 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm

        that is because he is absolutely ignorant… we cannot put down our level to him… so instead we need to explain to him in a nice way. in that way, we seems so nice but deep inside him is mejo met a mabainan… tu an dagita nga taga baba nu mamingsan ket kaasar ti kina ignorante da about their own fellow men…

         
  2. lustung

    June 27, 2012 at 5:03 am

    that is because he is absolutely ignorant… we cannot put down our level to him… so instead we need to explain to him in a nice way. in that way, we seems so nice but deep inside him is mejo met a mabainan… tu an dagita nga taga baba nu mamingsan ket kaasar ti kina ignorante da about their own fellow men…

     
  3. lestermm

    July 9, 2012 at 5:17 am

    how unethical….. i despise such people doc…..

     

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