Solar Entertainment said Friday it understands the sensitivity of the issue surrounding an upcoming episode of "Madam Secretary" after the program was condemned by the Philippine embassy in Washington for its "highly negative depiction" of its country's fictional leader.
The broadcaster, which bought the rights to the CBS series, also clarified that it does not own the teaser for the show, which went viral and has been criticized for featuring a Philippine president making inappropriate advances on the series' lead character.
Last week, the Philippine embassy in Washington reacted negatively to the clip, writing: "This highly negative portrayal of our Head of State not only casts doubt on the respectability of the Office of the Philippine President but also denigrates that way our nation navigates foreign affair."
The embassy added that "it also tarnishes the Philippines' longstanding advocacy for women's rights and gender equality," and called on CBS to take necessary corrective actions.
According to its website, "Madam Secretary" is a political drama about its eponymous Secretary of State, Elizabeth McCord, a shrewd minister "who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home."
It has been on air since September 2014 and has over 50 episodes.
As of writing, CBS officials and producers of the show have yet to comment on the issue.