MTRCB summons 'Wowowillie' over gender-sensitivity issues

After summoning ABS-CBN and GMA-7 over provocative numbers in its respective show, the MTRCB (Movie and Television Review and Classification Board) is calling the attention of TV5, this time on gender-sensitivity issues raised in its noontime variety show “Wowowillie.”

Read related story: MTRCB questions ASAP for ‘over-provocative’ number

The program recently made news after main host-producer Willie Revillame reprimanded fellow hosts Ethel Booba and Ate Gay on air for allegedly getting irked for losing in the “Mini-concierto” talent contest. This, in turn, led to a confrontation among the three parties in the Feb. 28 edition of the show.

Also read: Willie lashes out at Ethel Booba and Ate Gay

Portrayal of women

MTRCB Chair Eugenio Villareal told  Yahoo! Philippines OMG! in a  phone interview that he summoned TV5 executives to his office to discuss the said episode as well as other viewers' complaints regarding the portrayal of women on the noontime variety show.

“The summon to TV5 over “Wowowillie” was further to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between MTRCB and the networks, ABC included, on the portrayal of women in media as well as on account complaints of on-air decorum we received through social media and based on our own monitoring. It concerns a recent episode where there was an on-air castigation of a female talent, as well as that female talent’s use of unsavory language in referring to a talent from another network. To be tackled too is the manner how women appear in the said show,” Villareal said. MTRCB and TV5 representatives will meet over the said issue on Wednesday, March 13.

“We sent them already a notice for inquiry and that would be on Wednesday, 2pm. We will be having a panel for that, an ad hoc committee,” Villareal added.

Here are MTRCB’s series of tweets on the issue:

Wowowillie performers dance 'Gangnam Style'
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