(SPOT.ph) At this point, should we still be surprised every time Tito Sotto says or does something controversial and cringe-worthy? (Remember his alleged plagiarism in 2012? Or when he called the Pepsi Paloma rape case a "gimmick"?)
During Eat Bulaga's July 9 episode, the senator and his co-hosts Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola were speaking with a woman who had won a contest on the show. The woman said that her male friend had taken advantage of her while she was drunk, which led to Sotto saying, "Kasalanan ng lahat ng iyan eh ang pag-inom. Kababae mong tao pa-shot shot ka?"
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Manalo then shifted the blame to what the woman was wearing, saying, "Ano suot mo? Naka-shorts ka 'no?" Sotto went on to also criticize her decision to wear shorts while drinking.
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After their "victim-shaming" remarks came under fire online, the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board summoned Eat Bulaga executives to an inquiry "over the remarks alleged to be insensitive to women." The letter invited TAPE Inc. president Antonio Tuviera, senior vice president Malou Choa-Fagar, and the show's creative head, Jenny Ferre. The inquiry is scheduled on July 21.
This isn't the first time Sotto and Manalo drew flak on the show. In May 2015, they advised a gay father to go back into the closet to save his children from ridicule. Their statements led to furious reactions from the LGBT community, including lesbian mom Cha Roque, who penned an open letter to the hosts.