MTRCB to Vice Ganda: Stick to wholesome jokes

Posted at 06/06/2013 12:56 PM | Updated as of 06/06/2013 2:23 PM
Vice Ganda performs a dance number during his concert "I-Vice Ganda Mo 'Ko" at the Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Mark Marcaida

MANILA, Philippines -- The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) on Thursday thanked comedian Vice Ganda and ABS-CBN for their "cooperation" during a meeting called by the regulatory agency.

Last week, the MTRCB said it was inviting television network executives to hold a discussion on how to properly handle “comedy bar humor” that is now being seen on television.

This comes after a controversy erupted when Vice Ganda poked fun at broadcast journalist Jessica Soho's weight in a sketch about celebrities as bold stars during his most recent concert.

The comedian, as well as ABS-CBN producers, met with the board on Wednesday.

"The MTRCB thanks ABS-CBN & talent Jose Marie Viceral (Vice Ganda) for their cooperation & initiative @ yesterday's meet," the MTRCB said on its official Twitter account on Thursday morning.

According to a series of tweets by the MTRCB, the meeting discussed "the movement of comedy bar humor into television."

"While noting the wit of comedy bar humor, the MTRCB emphasized the dos & don'ts for TV to ABS-CBN execs & talent Viceral," it said.

In his interview last week, MTRCB chairman Eugenio “Toto” Villareal said “comedy bar humor” should be regulated to protect children who might see these shows.

The MTRCB said it also "oriented" Vice Ganda and ABS-CBN on laws protecting women, children, PWDs and seniors citizens, as well as on "Broadcast Code norms" during Wednesday's meeting.

It added that the meeting with ABS-CBN was "largely instructive."

"Respect for human dignity at all times reiterated by MTRCB," it said.

The board also told Ganda that he should stick to "wholesome" jokes on television.

"Avoiding potentially offensive humor off-cam disposes one to stick to wholesome humor on-cam, ABS team & Viceral told," it said on Twitter.

"ABS & talent Viceral to review writing and gag delivery practices to conform MTRCB-enforced laws & rules."