MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines’ most popular comedian has drawn anger instead of laughs by joking about rape.
Vice Ganda was speaking to a packed arena audience when he made fun of a leading newscaster from a rival TV network by alluding to her weight and being gang-raped. ABS-CBN TV, where he works, didn’t air the remarks, but excerpts of the show reached YouTube.
Ganda has apologized to Jessica Soho, vice president for news programs of GMA Network. Soho says she hopes his apology is sincere.
The government’s policy-making body on women and gender equality on Thursday called on public figures not to glorify rape. The Philippine Commission on Women asked workers in entertainment and media to censor themselves when talking about abuse.
It called Ganda’s talk “tasteless and revolting.”