NBC drops “Mail Order Family” sitcom after backlash

NBC says it is scrapping plans for a new sitcom featuring a mail order bride from the Philippines.

The network’s announcement on Friday follows criticism and public backlash over the premise of “Mail Order Family”, about a widowed father who orders a mail order bride from the Philippines to raise his two young daughters. The show was based on the real-life of “Superstore” creator Jackie Clarke.

“We purchased the pitch with the understanding that it would tell the creator’s real-life experience of being raised by a strong Filipina stepmother after the loss of her own mother,” a network spokesperson said in a statement. “The writer and producers have taken the sensitivity to the initial concept to heart and have chosen not to move forward with the project at this time.”

The show drew outrage from a choir of Filipino American social media users and anti-human trafficking advocates who shared the same sentiment: There’s nothing funny about the exploitation of immigrants and the perpetuation of negative stereotypes.

On Twitter, Clarke said she hoped to make the Filipino woman “a fully realized strong activated character.”

 

 

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  • Santiago Del Mundo
    1 October 2016 at 7:39 am - Reply

    Social media’s focus is that hot topic involving NBC new mail order sitcom? There so many deceptive online sites that are not included (mentioned) in this controversy. Sometimes this online mail order promotions (advertisements) or whatever comes in unsolicited in your email.

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