Friday, June 24, 2011

Poor English

Afternoon Snooze recently posted this incredibly racist piece of advertising, involving an Asian restaurant.  Given the note at the bottom of the ad that the restaurant is in "Okemos," I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that this is somewhere in the Lansing, Michigan area, where I went to school for four years.
I'm pretty disgusted by this.  It would be one thing if the ad subverted the racist notion that people of color "talk funny," but it instead outright states an incredibly nasty idea.  What's more, it's meant to be funny.  The tone and the poor production are meant to make this ironic.  Uncritical viewers are meant to realize how racist it is and laugh anyway.  Apparently it's okay to make racist jokes, as long as it's an obvious racist joke.  Yeah, okay, sure.
As usual, the comments are pretty disappointing too.  Most of the comments commend this ad, saying that they would go to a restaurant like this.  Two others comment that "Honesty is the best policy."  When did honesty become equated with white people's stereotypes of people of color?  White people are notorious for their incorrect grammar and general lack of literacy, but no one would ever even think to make a joke about white people, and if they did, it would be a class-based viewpoint.

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