Bebot = Hot Chick

Director Patricio Ginelsa recently released two videos for the Black Eyed Peas song “Bebot“: a period piece set in 1936, titled Generation 1, and a modern day version aptly titled Generation 2.

The video sparked an Open letter to Apl.de.Ap, Patricio Ginelsa/KidHeroes, and Xylophone Films to protest the portrayal of Filipinas in the video (yes, the hooch factor was high). That being said, there’s also a lot to like about Ginelsa’s approach, which includes spotlighting Little Manila, and providing cameos for many indie Filipino American artists.

So, how do you balance efforts to break into the mainstream w/pleasing the community? Check out the discussion: elpeezee’s LJ, summary of discussions, Patricio’s MySpace, Xylophone Films BB, The Wily Filipino.

Here’s some backstory to the videos, via MTV.

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