Saturday, March 11, 2006

dubious humour

I belong to a site here in the city that is a point of contact for English-speaking foreigners. I was reading stuff and I came across something that I consider offensive. (see here). While I found most of the jokes funny I thought that the ones concernng Chinese people racist. Now I'm getting a lot of flak for objecting to this.

Do you consider this objectionable ? I would like to hear other people's opinions.


deviousdiva said...

Yes, I find some of them offensive. Unfortunately these days if you object you get the whole PC bullshit argument thrown in your face. People completely miss the point of why we tried to stamp out racist and sexist language and behaviour. My take on it is here

The out of towners site is not a place I would choose to hang out.

teacher dude said...

Thanks for the vote of confidence Devious. If you see the original post on Out of Towners the person vociferously denies that any of the jokes are racist. Well, I sure as hell wouldn't say some of them to any Chinese person I know.

As always these jokes are just a bit of "harmless" fun. And anyone who objects is a spoilsport. This time I beg to disagree.

deviousdiva said...

Have you tried to argue with these people? They seem to close ranks as soon as someone speaks out against them?

teacher dude said...

I know what you mean. I'm not sure I want to get into this kind of argument. They always turn personal and nasty. I've seen some of the crap you've had to put up with on your site from Ethnocentrist and his ilk.

Still, you never know.