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NBC Drops Mail-Order Bride Sitcom Following Backlash After Announcement

NBC has dropped plans for a sitcom about a widower who orders a mail-order bride from the Philippines following backlash after its announcement.

NBC pulled the plug on 'Mail Order Family', less than 72 hours after the show was initially announced.

It was to be based on creator Jackie Clarke's experience of being raised by a "strong Filipina stepmother," who her father ordered from a catalog years after his wife's death.

The announcement had sparked protests and an online petition with over 13,000 signatures.

"Mail order brides are victims of human trafficking as they are forced into sex slavery and domestic servitude," it read. "Mail order-brides are vulnerable to violence because of the fundamentally unequal nature and imbalance of power where money is exchanged for an arranged marriage."

"Many mail-order brides become vulnerable to violence because they may be financially dependent on their husband, are isolated in a foreign country, and husbands can easily threaten them with deportation."

The group condemned NBC for "making light" of the issue by buying the sitcom from the 'Superstore' writer-producer.

October 3, 2016 |

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