The government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has asked Eat Bulaga hosts Joey de Leon and Sen. Tito Sotto to apologize to the Muslim community in the country.
In a report by Inquirer, the hosts took offense to the Muslim costumes they worn during the October 31 episode of GMA-7’s noontime variety show “Eat Bulaga.”
“This display betrays an insensitivity by these hosts, as they equated the Muslim garb as a costume to be feared, in the way that zombies and ghouls are to be feared,” said ARMM governor Mujiv Hataman in a statement.
“What Eat Bulaga did in its Halloween Special was a mockery of and an affront to the image of the Muslim, apparently in the name of entertainment.
On behalf of the Filipino Moro people, we demand that producers and hosts of the noontime show issue a public apology,” Hataman added.
Netizens also criticized “Eat Bulaga” for the costume.
@EatBulaga @AngPoetNyo ito ang mali nyo ang isuot ang damit ng mga muslim!! Anong gsto nyong ipahiwatig? Nkakabastos kyo!!!
— haina (@haina84) October 31, 2015
@EatBulaga @AngPoetNyo insulto to sa kapatid nating mga muslim
— MxyVncJalal (@HeyMoxy) October 31, 2015
“Eat Bulaga” is yet to release a statement about the issue.
PHOTO CR: Eat Bulaga, Twitter