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Cebu Pacific's "safety dance," demonstrated by its flight attendants in a viral video, has come under fire for supposedly being "sexist" and "exploitative." A union called the Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (FASAP) said in a statement posted on ANC's Facebook account that the "stereotyping of flight attendants as entertainers will surely have a negative and sexist impact in the minds of the public."
"This gender-insensitive packaging is a throwback to the unenlightened past during the 50s and 60s when 'stewardesses' were made to wear hot pants and mini skirts to appeal to the dominantly male business travelers. To make (flight attendants) dance in front of passengers takes this mindset to a new low," FASAP said. " Flight attendants are not entertainers; they are safety professionals. To require them to dance in front of passengers is demeaning and undignified." FASAP hopes Cebu Pacific will reconsider their dancing gimmick "for the sake of gender sensitivity and professionalism."
This viral video has over six million hits on Youtube as of October 5, 8 a.m.
Meanwhile, Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan told GMANews.tv that making Cebu Pacific's flight attendants dance is "exploitative." She said, "If the flight attendants feel uncomfortable and if they feel that it's beyond their duties, it's a kind of exploitation." She said Gabriela will help them stop the practice, should they request for assistance.
Cebu Pacific told GMANews.tv that the flight attendants "gladly took part in the dance routine," as seen in the viral video. Candice Iyog, the airline's vice president for marketing, said, "Ito ay kusang-loob at masaya nilang ginawa para makapagbigay ng impormasyon sa mga pasahero. (They willingly and gladly performed the routine to inform our passengers.)"
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