August 10, 2009
Just for your info, wikipedia theorizes that the etymology of the above phrase is as follows:
It is unclear exactly how this expression came to be, but the consensus is that it is based on Native Americans having a distinctly different sense of property ownership as opposed to those of European ancestry. One theory holds that early European settlers in North America misinterpreted aid and goods they received from Native Americans as “gifts,” when in fact they were intended to be offered in trade, as many tribes operated economically by some form of barter system, or a gift economy where reciprocal giving was practiced. It is also theorized that this stereotype may have been coined or exaggerated by the conquering European groups to denigrate the native people as dishonest and thereby justify their conquest. A popular myth started by Europeans tells of early settlers trading firearms to a group of Native Americans for maize, who then promptly turned the guns on the Europeans and reclaimed their crop.
Just something to think about the next time you use or hear that phrase.
July 16, 2009
What would you do if your father or loved one had just undergone brain surgery a few months ago, but was suddenly on the floor having a seizure?
Well, if you’re like Adrainne Ledesma (or, I don’t know, pretty much anyone), you’d freak out and/or call 9-1-1. That’s what she did. What happened? According to ABC News in Detroit, Sgt. Robert McFarland, the officer who picked up the call, admonishes her for cursing. Yep. Adrainne’s dad is writhing on the floor in the middle of a seizure and this douchebag decides it’d be a great time to lecture her… And then HANG UP ON HER.
So finally, when her dad is squared away and being looked after by her brother, Adrainne heads over to the police station to file a complaint. What happened?
SHE GOT ARRESTED FOR DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND ABUSING 9-1-1.
Check out the news report here:
July 9, 2009
I don’t know why I’m still surprised to hear about this sort of crazy racist nonsense… But here it is:
A country club called The Valley Club in the suburbs of Philly is in some deep shit after they turned away a group of black and hispanic inner-city kids. These kids had come to the club to use their swimming pool through an agreement with Creative Steps, Inc., a summer day camp. Despite the fact that the kids had paid all the necessary dues, they were turned away from the club once the folks who worked there figured out that, oh no!, they’re not WHITE! *GASP*
What was the response from the country club?
“There was concern that a lot of kids would change the complexion … and the atmosphere of the club,” John Duesler, President of The Valley Swim Club said in a statement. – NBC Philly
That is some fucked up shit.
June 8, 2009
Check out this nonsense from the cover of the National Review’s latest issue:
May 26, 2009
When I first heard they were making a live-action film version of Avatar: The Last Airbender, I was super excited (yes, I’m a geek, I love cartoons, and I’m proud of it).
…Then I heard about their casting choices.
Now they just released the first few production photos:
Yep. That’s a pic of Noah Ringer as Aang. I mean, maybe Noah is great. Perhaps he’s even a nice guy.
But honestly, when’s the last time you heard of a little white kid named “Aang”??
They might as well re-do the Bruce Lee story and cast some white dude for the lead…
March 27, 2009
A few days ago, IvyGate posted a video by a Yale a cappella group called Mixed Company. The gist of it is this: 4 Asian college students making a parody video based on Beyonce’s song, “Single Ladies.” Except they replaced “Single” with “Asian.” … and replaced pop lyrics with, erm… sort of offensive lyrics. See for yourself (brace yourself for the particularly ridiculous subtitled last verse):
I’m all for ironic, making-fun-of-stereotypes-and-those-who-use/believe-them humor… But this just isn’t that funny. I think the problem is with the execution. I think what they were trying to do was good… But they were just trying too damn hard without good enough results.
In short, it’s not quite over-the-top enough to place it in the “we’re clearly making fun of Asian stereotypes, not reinforcing them” category. People aren’t laughing at the stereotypes because they’re too busy either laughing at the performance or being uncomfortable with the subject matter. Judging by the comments on IvyGate, I think people are probably pissed because hits close to home without being relatable enough to be funny.