Characters in American TV Show ‘Superstore’ Argue in Straight Filipino

Characters in American TV Show ‘Superstore’ Argue in Straight Filipino

A clip of two characters from the American sitcom “Superstore” exchanging straight Filipino lines with each other went viral on social media and impressed the native speakers of the tongue.

The characters of Mateo Liwanag (Nico Santos) and Marcus White (Jon Barinholtz) were seen arguing on the show’s 13th episode titled “Favoritism.”

The NBC series tells the story of a group of employees working at Cloud 9, a fictional store in Missouri, and facing several challenges as they deal with customers and attend to their personal requirements at the same time.

The clip of its 13th episode featured the bespectacled Mateo calling out Marcus after the latter shows off his skills for a job position both of them are vying for.

Mateo eventually resorts to throwing Filipino lines at Marcus, who immediately responds in Filipino as well.

On Twitter, the show’s official account tweeted a video clip of the scene as they wrote, “Mateo and Marcus arguing in Tagalog is everything we never knew we needed.”


Mateo and Marcus’ funny AF exchange goes as follows:

Mateo: “Tarantado ka talaga!”

Marcus: “Narinig ko 'yon, gago!

Mateo: “Kapal ng mukha mo, alam kong ikaw kumuha ng gamit ko, tumigil ka na!” 

 Nico Santos stars as Mateo on “Superstore.” Image: Trae Patton/NBC)
Nico Santos stars as Mateo on “Superstore.” Image: Trae Patton/NBC)

The clip impressed Filipinos who praised how American actor Barinholtz delivered his lines with an accurate Filipino accent.

“I like the way he pronounced “g*go!” Not ‘g*gow’ like other American speakers. And with the right amount of disrespect to boot,” a Reddit user commented.

Another Reddit user loved how the Filipino lines were integrated into the conversation and said that it “feels authentic and matches well in the scene.”

“So surreal to hear a white dude not mispronounce ‘g*go’ haha,” another user commented.

One of the show’s characters, Mateo, is played by Filipino-American actor Nico Santos who previously appeared in “Crazy Rich Asians” as Oliver T’sien, Nick’s gossip-hungry cousin.

In an exclusive interview with CNN Philippines, Santos said he migrated with some of his family members to the United States at the age of 16 and discovered his love for drama in high school. 

The Filipino language became one of the most widely spoken languages in United States households due to the vast number of Filipinos migrants, particularly in California and Nevada.

The scene on a mainstream American TV show crafted to appeal to a Filipino-American audience could be a sign there is an improvement in the representation of the ethnic group in entertainment.


Source : Interaksyon | Cosmopolitan

Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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