The comedy project came from Superstore writer Jackie Clarke and is loosely inspired by her family. It was to follow a widowed father who ordered a “mail-order” bride from the Philippines to help raise his two young daughters.
Advocacy group Gabriela USA created a petition on Change.org, to protest the sitcom. It cites the exploitation, violence, and human trafficking involved in the “mail order bride” industry.
“We purchased the pitch with the understanding that it would tell the creator’s real-life experience of being raised by a strong Filipina stepmother after the loss of her own mother,” NBC said in a statement. “The writer and producers have taken the sensitivity to the initial concept to heart and have chosen not to move forward with the project at this time.”
What do you think? Did NBC do the right thing by cancelling Mail Order Family? Is there a sensitive way to present such a concept in a half-hour sitcom?