Sign up for our newsletter and get a curated list of the top trending stories and exclusive rewards every day.

Trending Topics

Get the MTL Blog app

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

"Fortunately It's The Philippines" Says Reporter

This is why you should watch your words when you're on TV.
"Fortunately It's The Philippines" Says Reporter

When you're being recorded on the news, you should really choose your words wisely. A mistake in tone or wording can have disastrous results, like making it seem like you're happy that thousands of people have been killed, injured, and displaced in the Philippines due to the catastrophic typhoon which recently raged the nation. That's basically what happened to a TVA broadcaster who, in French, made it seem like it was a good thing that the storm only effected the Philippines. Check it out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQff-0wYbZQ

If you're not good with you're French, the sentence in question is at 0:14 seconds, when she states: "Heureusement, C'est les Philippines qui y goûtent" roughly translated as "Fortunately its the Philippines who experienced [the storm]." Yup, you read that right.

Now, I doubt that's actually what the anchor meant. She was probably (poorly) reading off of a teleprompter and used the wrong intonation in the sentence. Most likely, she was referencing how it was 'fortunate' that storms like this don't happen too often. Still, the words were spoken, and people are gonna be pissed.

On the other hand, maybe she did mean what she said. Maybe a brief glimpse of racism was captured on screen, and the anchor had a Freudian slip, acknowledging how it was a good thing the typhoon hit the Philippines, and not Montreal.

Regardless, this video shows just how fallible traditional media can be. Traditionalists look down on online and new media, even though the classics like television and radio are just as likely to fuck up, and tend to be supported by people and companies with their own bias views. No matter what the motivation for the controversial sentence, putting 'fortunately' into the same segment on a piece covering one the most devastating typhoons in recent history, with a death toll estimated at 10, 000, is not okay. Ever.

More from MTL Blog

Comments 💬

Our comment section is a place to promote self-expression, freedom of speech and positivity. We encourage discussion and debate, but our pages must remain a safe space where everyone feels comfortable and the environment is respectful.

In order to make this possible, we monitor comments to keep spam, hate speech, violence, and vulgarity off our pages. Comments are moderated according to our Community Guidelines.

Please note that Narcity Media does not endorse the opinions expressed in the comment section of an article. Narcity Media has the right to remove comments, ban or suspend any user without notice, or close a story’s comment section at any time.

First and last names will appear with each comment and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. By commenting, you acknowledge that Narcity Media has the right to use & distribute your content across our properties.

Loading...