Onion-skinned crybabies. That's what we are.
1. The Teri Hatcher-Desperate Housewives episode was my very first recollection on how balat-sibuyas we can really be. I remember being dumbfounded how the country was insulted from a SCRIPT of a fictional comedy show. It is humour. And as far as I know, Recto Street is filled with small businesses ready and willing to falsify documents for a price. It's not like it does not exist at all.
2. The Alec Baldwin-David Letterman episode came a close second. Again, I don't know how to say this, but it's humour. It's pop culture. Enjoy it. Be fascinated and just laugh about it. Like Recto, it exists in our world today. A quick Google search proved just that. What's worse is that politicians demanded a public apology. Holy shit was that embarrassing.
3. The Dan Brown-Inferno novel was the icing on this pathetic cake. Again, fiction. An alternate version of a city is not unusual to be seen in media today. This is how the author wanted his world to be. A creation out of his imagination. People take it WAY too seriously.
I am confident there are more, but the examples above best describe what I am trying to say here.
Just think about it, most of the content created for books, movies and television shows are products of reality. Stereotypes are there for a reason. Think about how many films have been made regarding Middle Eastern "terrorists". Then think about how many public apologies have been requested from Hollywood producers. On a similar note, think about how many times Asians have been portrayed as bad drivers, rice lovers and math experts. DID THE ENTIRE ASIAN CONTINENT ASKED FOR PUBLIC APOLOGIES? I'll give you some time to think about this.
Michael V's DJ Bumbay video was weirdly appreciated by the Filipino community. I don't know how the East Indian community thought about it, but I never heard any violent reactions from them. Had they made one, Filipinos would have most likely made the lame excuse of them being onion-skinned. Funny how things work. Notice that we do to others what we do not want others to do to us? We find that it is perfectly okay to make fun of others, yet we make a fool of ourselves with all these senseless apologies.
We are the most sensitive bunch of people in the most irrational way. Really, they are funny. They are nothing to get worked up about. Just enjoy them as part of the work.