|Mail Order Family|
NBC canceled their new show named “Mail Order Family” after a serious and immediate backlash online. News broke out about the latest show purchased by NBC about a single dad who orders a mail-order bride from the Philippines after his wife passes away to help raise his two preteen daughters. The project is from the trio behind “Superstore,” and is loosely based on writer-producer Jackie Clarke’s life story in which his widowed father mail-ordered a 25-year-old Filipina woman to be a stepmother for his children.
Media critics and Asian-American activists made noise on social media, and they started a petition to end the show since it would perpetuate stereotypes, or diminish the seriousness of human trafficking.
NBC announced that they are canceling the show:
“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,” an NBCUniversal spokesman 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.”
|Ruben Fleischer, Jackie Clarke and David Bernar|
Really @nbc, a family-comedy about the sex trafficking of Asian women? https://t.co/7YNrndEAh6— mieke eoyang (@MiekeEoyang) September 29, 2016
Today in terrible ideas: NBC buys "family comedy" about widowed white male who orders a Filipina mail order bride https://t.co/f2f6w7hcE0— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) September 29, 2016
I didn't realize #HumanTrafficking was such a laugh riot.— Erin Quill (@Equill) September 29, 2016
Maybe only to White Guys Whose Dad's purchase people https://t.co/K4wVRO3Tf1
I could get into this, if they got rid of every character except for "mom" and it was just a show about colonialism https://t.co/e21uCFM2WP— hua hsu (@huahsu) September 30, 2016