From the Midwest redneck author of "The Rooster Crows at 4am!," "Lizard Poop!," and "The Philippines Expat Advisor"
Filipina Actress Bela Padilla and the Racist FHM Cover
FHM Philippines recently yanked their racist March 2012 cover that featured a gorgeous Filipina actress, Bela Padilla. The light-skinned TV star, Filipina mother, British father, was surrounded by dark-skinned beauties with the caption: "Bela Padilla. Stepping Out of the Shadows."
On February 26, she released the following statement on Twitter: "I meant no harm with this cover. I'm so sorry to everyone who got offended. I hope all of you see the beauty of the cover and appreciate it" "The concept of my @FHMPhil cover was stepping out of MY inhibitions MY fears and MY shadows. Not belittling any race.
"The title provided by @FHMPhil is in connection with the article and has NOTHING to do with skin colors."
"The girls on my cover Of @FHMPhil symbolize the different sides of ME that I have outgrown and am ready to step out of. Let's be open minded."
Ms. Padilla, I believe your tweet is just one huge load of caribou crap. And believe me, I know a thing or two about caribou poop. My asawa used to collect it along our muddy, poop-laden subdivision road when we lived in Guimaras. She used it for fertilizer. I think you used your tweet to CYA.
Check out a recent post of mine, "The Acceptance of Racism Against Asians in America." There's also a post I did in February 2011 that deals with some Filipinos and their obsession with white skin. Racism exists everywhere.
FHM has pulled the offensive magazine cover and apologized. Am I just blowing smoke? Maybe I'm overreacting. What do you think?
Update: Just saw an interview that Bela Padilla has done with BBC television in which she admitted that some of the models used in the photo shoot are Filipinos painted black. Ms. Padilla stated she saw nothing wrong with the cover and thought it was beautiful. Thanks to another "Dave" for the tip on this. Here's a LINK to that interview. Ms. Padilla's agent better have her put a stop to any further interviews. This is an embarrasment.
Here's the new cover for the FHM Philippines March 2012 featuring Bela Padilla. You have to admit, despite all the controversy, she is one gorgeous Filipina.