UK columnist refers to "Filipino dwarves" in tabloid story
(SPOT.ph) UK-based Filipinos cried foul after British tabloid The Sun published a column that suggested for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to buy a "team of 25 Filipino dwarves to carry them on a giant golden litter all the way up the M6, which they’d had shut for the day," reports GMA News. The column was referring to an incident when the Jolie-Pitt brood’s chartered an entire train during a five-hour ride from London to Glasgow.
Filipinos, however, took the comment to mean that Filipinos are short in height and are slaves. London-based caregiver Gilda Wacan Garcia slammed columnnist Rod Liddle on Facebook: "Rod Liddle of The Sun, you are such a dreadful man. Who the hell are you?" Meanwhile, Joemari Rosales felt insulted by Liddle’s word choice. "To hire a Filipino, I can accept that. But to buy? No way," Rosales said.
Liddle and The Sun both have a history of making racially offensive statements. According to the GMA report, a complaint was issued against Liddle in 2010 after he wrote that young African-Carribeean men were to blame for the "overwhelmingly majority" of violent crimes in London. Meanwhile, just this year, The Sun made mocking paper dolls of Filipino and world’s smallest man record-holder Junrey Balawing.
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