Just hours following the uploading of the official trailer of the sexy romantic drama, “Ex with Benefits” medical representatives took offense at the supposedly unflattering portrayal of their profession in the film.
According to the blog site The Fanboy SEO, where InterAksyon get the details, a certain Nikki Quisumbing, a medical representative now based overseas, was outraged by the trailer and posted an open letter to the Movie and Television Review Classification Board (MTRCB) to review both the trailer and the film.
“Pinapangit po nila ang image ng mga Professional Medical Representative at ang professional relationship namin sa doctors. Pangalawa po, wala po sa duty namin ang humiga sa kama para humingi ng benta. Kami po ay nagundergo ng 2months intensive training para pumasa sa pagiging Medrep sa Pilipinas. Ngayon po kahit ako ay wala na sa Pilipinas, nababalitaan ko po na may PRC exams na mga Medrep para pumasa,” Quisumbing posted last Saturday.
A screenshot of Quisumbing’s note has been shared and circulated on social media, particularly in two Facebook groups, Pinoy Medreps and Ikaw ay isang MEDREP kung… where members are mostly medical representatives and reacted mostly in agreement with her call to boycott the said film.
A group of medical representatives based in Baguio City called BRAD (Baguio Responsible Association of Detailmen) wrote the film’s director, Gino M. Santos, and asked for his side on the issue before they make their next move to file a complaint with the City Government of Baguio and request for the banning of the film in Baguio Cinemas.
In an earlier post, Quisumbing also told to the film’s writer/s. “Sa sumulat ng pelikulang ito, hindi nyo alam ang paghihirap ng isang medrep para lang makuha ang tiwala ng doctors”.
The message recieved a response from the writer of the Wattpad book “Ex With Benefits” upon which the movie was supposedly based. In her own Facebook post addressed to the medreps, Ruth Mendoza a.k.a. youramnesiagirl said that the storyline depicted in the film was not what she originally wrote.
“I know how you feel about the movie pero gusto ko din pong malaman nyo na hindi po story from my book ang laman ng movie. I know you are confused but yeah they changed the whole story. Hindi po doktor si Adam at hindi din po medrep si Arkisha sa book ko. Yes, sobrang layo po. Ayoko na sana magsalita tungkol sa kung gaano kalaki ang difference ng movie sa book but I believe that this time kailangan ko na pong ipagtanggol ang sarili ko at sana maintindihan nyo ako,” according to a part of Mendoza’s responsed.
“Again, hindi po ako ang nagsulat ng storyline sa movie. Yes, the title is mine pero hindi po ganun ang Adam at Arkisha na kilala ko.”
Although Quisumbing seemed to have deleted her posts, she has maintained her profile pic that simply said “#RespectforMedReps.”
Nationwide screening of the movie is scheduled starting September 2, 2015. It is produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films.
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