Published: Saturday 09 June, 2018

LOOK It’s Showtime Forced to Make Public Apology After Hurtful Orphan Joke

The cast of It’s Showtime stood in front of everybody Friday to make a public apology. This after one of their jokes was called out for being inappropriate and hurtful to orphans.

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The cast of It’s Showtime issuing a public apology Friday. (ABS CBN)

The orphan joke was originally aired on Thursday during It’s Showtime’s “PUROKatatawanan” segment, and it went like this:

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Erin: “Ano’ng sagot mo? Tanong ko sa nanay ko? Mali! Tanong mo sa totoo mong magulang kasi ampon ka!”

Almost immediately, some viewers called out It’s Showtime on social media. Several viewers, who are adopted or who have adopted children or siblings called the joke hurtful and bastos. One netizen in particular, Keight Casteleigne, wrote the following on Facebook:

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Likewise, NORFIL Foundation, Inc., an organization dedicated to the welfare of disabled, neglected, and abandoned children, posted the following:

We at NORFIL Foundation Inc., would like to express our grave alarm and dismay to Showtime’s episode that was aired yesterday, June 7, 2018 (Thursday). During the “Purokatatawanan” segment of the show. Erin Ocampo asked Jimboy, “Jimboy, paano gumawa ng pangit na anak?” and the answer was, “Tanong mo sa totoo mong magulang kasi ampon ka.”

This kind of insensitive and ignorant joke should not be tolerated and taken lightly. We hope that the media, as a powerful influence should convey proper information about legal adoption. As an adoption agency, we are calling for support and proper corrective action regarding this issue especially from MTRCB and Department of Social Welfare and Development.

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On Friday, Amy Perez read out their public apology:

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“Ang buong programa po ay humingi ng paumanhin at hindi po namin intensiyon na mawalan ng respeto at gawing katawa-tawa ang marami pong tao.”

“Magtiwala po kayo na mas lalo po kaming magiging maingat, responsable, at sensitibo sa amin pong mga salita para sa kasiyahan po ng lahat.”

“Muli ang amin pong paumanhin sa lahat at mahal po namin kayo madlang people. Maraming salamat po.”