Aquinoâ€™s daughter, television personality Kris Aquino also took offense at the spoof saying Americans would not like it either if Filipinos made fun of their presidents.
â€œWhat if we took someone like, say, former President Jimmy Carter who builds homes for the poor all over the world, and said he was a former â€˜call boyâ€™ (male prostitute)?â€
For Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, a diplomatic protest is in order because the government needs to â€œdraw the lineâ€ when it comes to jokes about former presidents.
â€œThe Daily Showâ€ spoofed Aquino in a satirical segment by â€œnews correspondentâ€ Samantha Bee titled â€œIs America Ready for a Woman President?â€
The segment showed pictures of various women leaders including former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir and former president Aquino. Aquinoâ€™s picture had the word â€œslutâ€ written on it .
â€œWhoever put that graphic has a sick mind. Why would [they] do that to a revered democratic icon all over the world, known very much for her clean living and religious life?â€ Sytangco told ABS-CBNâ€™s morning show â€œUmagang Kay Gandaâ€, said Deedee Sytangco, spokesperson for the former president.
The segment was aired on â€œThe Daily Showâ€™sâ€ September 18 episode. It is posted on here.
The segment showed Bee doing mock interviews with various personalities about the possibility of having a woman president in the United States. Interviewed in the segment were Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women; La Shawn Barber, columnist for the Washington Examiner; and Mystery, a tv show host for music channel VH1.
The segment showed Meirâ€™s picture with a word balloon saying â€œOy!â€ while Thatcherâ€™s image was digitally manipulated, placing her face on the body of pop star Britney Spears. It was the notorious Britney Spears photo where she was caught on camera with no underwear.
â€œI pity the people who did this,â€ Sytangco said, adding that Filipinos should react strongly to the insult as they did when the medical profession was criticized by the hit US TV series â€œDesparate Housewives.â€
â€œWe Filipinos should also react to this, that we feel strongly about them reviling a revered icon here in the Philippines,â€ she added.
Sytangco said that if she could second guess the former president, she would just tell the people to just pray for the people behind the insulting picture.
For veteran comedian and impersonator Willie Nepomuceno however, watching the â€œDaily Showâ€ segment in full gives proper context to the spoof and mitigates the supposed â€œoffenseâ€
â€œHere we have Cory Aquino, who is know for her calls for prayer, for her repeated references to God. Then we have the segment calling her a â€œslutâ€. Itâ€™s a complete reversal of who she is. Itâ€™s unbelievable. Itâ€™s that twist that makes the comedy,â€ he said.
The lampoon on former President Aquino came on the heels of a controversial episode of another American TV show â€œDesperate Housewivesâ€ which featured an insulting remark about Philippine medical schools.
ABC Studios and producers of the â€œDesperate Housewivesâ€ apologized on Thursday after its Web site was flooded with complaints from the Filipino community, after an insulting bit of dialogue disparaging medical schools in the Philippines.
â€œThe producers of â€œDesperate Housewivesâ€ and ABC Studios offer our sincere apologies for any offense caused by the brief reference in the season premiere. There was no intent to disparage the integrity of any aspect of the medical community in the Philippines. As leaders in broadcast diversity, we are committed to presenting sensitive and respectful images of all communities featured in our programs,â€ the statement said.
In the premiere episode of â€œDesperate Housewivesâ€ Season 4, the character Susan Mayer (played by actress Teri Hatcher) asked for the credentials of the gynecologist who examined her after being told that she was approaching menopause.
Mayer said: â€œCan I check those diplomas â€˜coz I just want to make sure that theyâ€™re not from some med school in the Philippines.â€ The line sparked a furor among Filipino Americans and Filipinos, particularly those working in the United States health care industry.
Source: ABS-CBN News