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May 28, 2013
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Yo Hollywood, let the Dan Brown situation be a constant reminder to watch it, because anything you will say or do against the Philippines will not be worth the nationwide backlash that awaits y'all.

Dan Brown
Inferno, Brown's fourth and latest fiction novel, somewhat puts Manila in a bad light by describing it as an avenue for "the gates of hell," which drew the ire of many Pinoys. Manila was also described as a place known for its six-hour traffic jams, suffocating pollution, and horrifying sex trades (all of which are somewhat true, but come on now). MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, in particular, sent a letter of disapproval to Brown.

"While we are aware that yours is a work of fiction, we are greatly disappointed by your inaccurate portrayal of our beloved metropolis," he writes. "We are displeased of how you have used Manila as a venue and source of character's breakdown and trauma, much more her disillusionment in humanity."

We're pretty positive netizens will not tamper off his back until we hear an apology from Mr. Brown himself (we're notorious that way). Are we the most defensive and sensitive country in the world? Ask Alec Baldwin and the rest of them Hollywood hotshots who once made the mistake of bad-mouthing Pinoys.

Dan Brown
Alec Baldwin
World-famous for: Playing Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock and being the most successful among the infamous Baldwin brothers

Famous in the PH for: His out of line remark about having kids with a mail order bride from the Philippines

The alleged insult: “I’d love to have more kids,” says Baldwin during a guest appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2009. “I’m thinking about getting a Filipino mail order bride at this point or a Russian one. I don’t care, I’m 51.”

The Filipino backlash: “Apparently, he is not aware that here in the Philippines we don’t tolerate mail order bride schemes,” says Senator Bong Revilla. “Kahit sino pa ang magiging bride nito, malamang na mamalasin. Subukan niyang pumunta dito sa Pilipinas nang maghalo ang balat sa tinalupan.”

The apology: “I apologize for the perceived insensitivity of that remark,” Baldwin wrote in The Huffington Post. “I believe that most people understood that this was a joke and took it as such. A dated reference, no doubt, and another sign of my advancing age.”

Is it all good? “The comments of some Philippine government officials come as no surprise to me, either,” says Baldwin. “Even the one by a former action film star-turned-Senator who beckoned me to come to the Philippines so he could ‘beat’ me over my comment.”

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