AceShowbiz - NBC has come under fire after it's revealed that the Peacock was developing a comedy series about mail order bride. Called "Mail Order Family", the new series was supposed to follow a single father who ordered a mail-order bride from the Philippines in order to help him raise his two daughters after his wife's death.
The network has since scrapped the project after a petition on Change.org was launched to stop the show for promoting harmful stereotypes against Asian-Americans and Filipino women. The comedy is also slammed for making light of a situation that is often associated with human trafficking.
" 'Mail Order Family' is the most recent example of how the exploitation and violence women face is normalized in U.S. mainstream media," the petition reads. "The mail order bride industry in the Philippines is rooted in historical U.S. colonial occupation of the Philippines, feudal-patriarchal view of Filipinas, and current neo-colonial economic policies that have impoverished the Filipino people."
"Mail order brides are victims of human trafficking as they are forced into sex slavery and domestic servitude. Mail order-brides are vulnerable to violence because of the fundamentally unequal nature and imbalance of power where money is exchanged for an arranged marriage. Many mail-order brides become vulnerable to violence because they may be financially dependent on their husband, are isolated in a foreign country, and husbands can easily threaten them with deportation."
NBC responds in statement, "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. 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."