I’ll be frank, I like bad TV. I like corny jokes, bad accents, and in general bad things. Not because I enjoy them, but because sometimes, you just need a laugh.
Welcome to “My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, a fairly new TV show on the CW network that deals with a lawyer who moved from New York to West Covina. In typical West Covina fashion, there’s Filipinos in this TV show. Even more so, there’s plenty in the Thanksgiving episode. Yes this show goes where no other Western TV show has gone before, broadcasting and demonstrating a super brown Filipino looking family that sits down for a meal together. I read a Vulture article that discussed the significance of this, I’ll find it later and edit it in. For my eyes, who have been around Filipinos for as long as I can remember, they seem authentic in their character. I’d argue that they look a little more like the Chinese influenced Filipinos, but its the exposure and influence that matters most right? Rather than trying to make petty talk about the characters, lets just appreciate them for what they are.
I viewed this episode with my other Filipino housemate and we really enjoyed the exposure that the show gave us. Especially so the exposure of the Asian market, because lets be frank, growing up it was hard to find an API that didn’t love the Asian market. One thing I didn’t enjoy though? The fact that Dinuguan was portrayed as some type of foreign & exotic dish. I mean it is, but there were so many different ways to approach it. Call it a delicacy, call it a Filipino dish, just don’t make the white girl make it and try to use it as a shoe in with the Filipino family.
As imperfect as this episode was, I did enjoy the exposure of Filipinos. We’re definitely not a group that we see frequently in media or pop culture, so having an image out there was good. Especially because the male Filipino lead is actually pretty handsome. Cheers!