Canadian comedienne jokes about Filipino children

Canadian comedienne Katherine Ryan jokes about cosmetic testing on Filipino children in a British gag show

'WE USE FILIPINO CHILDREN.' Katherine Ryan receives backlash for Filipino joke. Photo from

MANILA, Philippines – Local netizens expressed their sentiments after Canadian comedienne Katherine Ryan spoke of Filipino children in a joke for British stand-up comedy show “Mock the Week,” aired June 13. 

“We don’t test any of our products on animals. We use Filipino Children,” said Ryan in response to the theme “unlikely lines from a cosmetics commercial.”

In the segment, celebrities were tasked to drop impromptu one-liners and punchlines for the phrase.

Shortly after the show aired, Ryan posted a statement on her Twitter account, explaining the incident.

News blog The Filipino Scribe tweeted Ryan on June 17, asking for her take on the issue, to which the comedienne’s stand remained firm, saying the joke was taken out of context. She suggests that viewers watch the whole segment before making any judgement.

Watch the whole segment here:

Filipino netizens did not take this issue lightly:

Comments on Youtube and the ‘Mock the Week’ Facebook page:

An edited version of the clip was also uploaded online: