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13 April 2024

‘ASAP’ to attend MTRCB probe on Anne Curtis

Anne Curtis (TWITTER)

By Correspondent

Representatives of the weekly variety show ‘ASAP’ will attend an investigation arranged by government censors’ board on March 5 in connection with Anne Curtis’s alleged “provocative number and outfit” last Sunday.

This develops as Bong Osorio, head of ABS-CBN Integrated Corporate Communication Division, confirmed receipt of a summons from the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) on Feb. 27.

Curtis, one of the ABS-CBN show’s hosts, sang Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’ while wearing what appeared to be a strapless black gown with a slit up to her waist, revealing her left leg and thigh.

She clarified things through tweets, meanwhile, by revealing that she was actually wearing a skin-coloured bodysuit underneath the wet-look gown, both of which were designed by Boom Sason. She said the daring part was just for illusionary purposes.

“We will see if the programme was indeed gender-insensitive, which may be a violation of the Memorandum of Understanding on Portrayal of Women in Media and Film that the MTRCB signed with networks including ABS-CBN,” Eugenio Villareal, MTRCB chairman, said.

Written in Filipino, the MTRCB summons said it expects the co-operation of the network during the course of the investigation.

It may be recalled that MTRCB has recently put GMA-7’s ‘Party Pilipinas’ on a six-month probation and asked its staff to undergo a gender and development training over an inappropriate dance number in one of its episodes. The said episode featured the award-winning singer actress Lovi Poe and Rocco Nacino simulating on bed what appeared to be a sexual act.

“This is meant to enable the programme to effectively engage in self-regulation in terms of gender sensitivity,” Villareal said earlier. MTRCB had also asked GMA-7 for a public apology, to be published in a newspaper of general circulation.