PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT CONCERNING MAIL ORDER FAMILY
FilAm Creative would like to thank our members and social media followers for taking an active role in voicing your concern and distaste regarding NBC’s development of Jackie Clarke’s show Mail Order Family (MOF).
Your active participation in discussing, sharing and explaining why MOF is offensive on social media and providing level headed articles caused a major television broadcast network to hear you and take corrective action. We should continue this movement by taking active participation in helping to diversify the Hollywood creative industry in front and behind the camera.
Even though comedy can be used to address sensitive subjects, special consideration should be given to a comedy show connected to an industry where 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and half are children according to the US State Department. One can speculate cultural and familial biases are the reasons creators didn’t see problems with the show, despite the creator being a woman. No one in the network’s chain of command considered the blowback of a show based on the true story of a woman married to a misogynistic man through an industry connected to Human Trafficking. They announced the show with no context, disclaimer, support or consultation from groups involved with Women’s Rights/Human Trafficking/Filipino Americans, not even Jackie Clarke’s stepmother.
A few suggested lessons to be learned from this incident would be:
(1) Diversify the development group that approves shows
(2) Diversify your development pool
(3) Consult with groups like FilAm Creative (or other ethnic media groups) who can lend their cultural and professional perspective on these programs.
Initiating these three things might do more than save entertainment networks from bad press, save the networks money from producing flops that offend viewers as well as forcing advertisers to pull out and fail upon broadcast.
FilAm Creative hopes NBC and other program developers don’t get the wrong message from this fiasco and say, “Developing Filipino/Asian American programming or talent is not worth the controversy”.
When in fact the take away should be the opposite. Major television networks and content developers should recognize how quickly we organized as a community to fight a concept/show we don’t like. Imagine how fast and organized we can become when networks produce shows we do like and willing to support.
2016 President, FilAm Creative
FilAm Creative (FAC) is an all volunteer community organization dedicated to the advancement of Filipino Americans in entertainment and media.
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