I don’t have foreign blood in me. I’ve been mistaken several times in the past as Chinese, Japanese or Korean but never as a Filipino. Even if I have stopped using whitening products and let my skin darken under the skin (quite unlikely now that the rains have returned), I still get mistaken for some other East Asian nationality. Not much of a big deal, really. I know I’m not that much of a beauty.
But then again, I see this ad from BAYO claiming “Call it biased, but the mixing and matching of different nationalities with Filipino blood is almost a sure formula for someone beautiful and world class,” is just wrong. I was like, seriously, just because people like me don’t have foreign blood, it makes us less pretty?
I know you are a clothing company and you encourage mixing ang matching clothes in order to create new styles and experiment new looks. Why do you really have to touch on that race card? It’s as if you have admitted it yourself that Filipinas aren’t so beautiful by themselves that in order for them to improve on their appearance, there should be a sprinkling of foreign blood. Heck! You’re encouraging a new breed in a derogatory manner, whether you admit it or not.
What happens to those who happened to have parents that both have Filipino ascendancy? Could something be done in order for eugenics be reversed for correction purposes? Of course I believe that some Filipinos who happened to have foreign blood in them ended up looking great i.e. Batista, Darren Criss, Jessica Sanchez, Apl de Ap, and of course, Jasmine Curtis Smith herself as shown on your ad. But that doesn’t mean they look better than “the pure breeds” who made it big too like your former image model Lea Salonga.
What message does this give to anyone who comes across your ad? That they have to pimp themselves to some foreign national in order to have beautiful children? That unless married to a fellow Filipino, there is no chance of having gorgeous offspring anymore? Mag-isip nga kayo. This ad is a few steps short of being a mail order bride commercial.
And please, stop talking about Filipino cross-breeding as if you’re talking about animal husbandry. Learn the difference between humans and animals. If a human being pops out a kid, you don’t simply yank it away from his/her mother to enter the glamorous world of fashion. Having foreign blood isn’t always a guarantee anyway of having a supermodel in the making in the same way that Australian bulls are effective studs when you need more milking cows in your farm. There’s a sucker born every minute. And nobody’s exempted to that.
If ever you’re wondering why I sound somewhat exaggerated, your ad was done in bad taste in a way that most of the things I could think of are probably negative, the can of worms can come across as an understatement. You should have thought of your former image model first and foremost before even daring to come up with ideas like this. While I do appreciate pushing some buttons, this is worse than pushing your dirty fingers down right up and asses only to complain later on that all you could come up is shit. Oh wait, this is shit. Wallow in it since this is your fault to begin with.
Don’t blame the media for getting this issue blown way over your heads. You put this upon yourselves so learn how to get out of this rut yourselves. Don’t blame us too if it took months before you could even break even sales-wise.