Thursday, September 20, 2007
Just got back from Beirut where I saw a sign outside a domestic employment agency (aka slave traders) screaming ‘’FILIPINAS ARE BACK!’’ as if they were red M&M’s* or something.
Filipinas ,who Lebanese consider as the crème de la crème of domestics because of their education, their English and their not being completely black, had been banned by their government from working in Lebanon because of last summer’s war and allegations of abuse.
*Red M&M’s were discontinued in 1976 after the FDA banned Red Dye No.2, a suspected carcinogen, despite the fact that they did not contain that dye.
They were reintroduced to great fanfare in 1987 when the public had forgotten about it.