Is this racism?

drdel

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Thats it, my mind is set, I am going to work for our Halloween dressed as Tiger.

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Animalist - now you've upset all the big cats on Facebook & Twitter.

There's a serious potential for the all-to frequent way the 'racist' label is used slowly means that society will become desensitised by the 'calling wolf' and then real issues will go relatively unnoticed
 

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Animalist - now you've upset all the big cats on Facebook & Twitter.

There's a serious potential for the all-to frequent way the 'racist' label is used slowly means that society will become desensitised by the 'calling wolf' and then real issues will go relatively unnoticed
No more Blue wolf ?? :unsure:
 

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I think you are getting into questionable territory again so just don't do it. A blue cartoon character is clearly fictional. A black cartoon character, whilst still fictitious could have the basis of the character in reality.

We can go around the houses on this but at the end of the day it offends enough people, you don't need to do it so don't.
The Indian shop keeper in the simpsons has been made redundant as people found it offensive and it was stereotyping him
 

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There will be those that seek to be morally offended at the slightest thing. It makes me laugh/sigh and frustrates in equal measures. I'm sure it wasn't like this even a decade ago or is it just my imagination. When did society become so weird and easily put out
You'll probably find that, much like almost everything else, there is a balance in this. As the easily offensive rise, so do the easily offended. Life likes balance.
 

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You'll probably find that, much like almost everything else, there is a balance in this. As the easily offensive rise, so do the easily offended. Life likes balance.
I take your point. My mum and dad use to watch The Black & White Minstrels religiously each Saturday night and at the time it was nothing more than a highly rated entertainment show. Fast forward a few years and it all kicks off about how racialist it was. Gollywogs on jam jars and a thousand other examples where those looking to find an angle and be offended will. Has life really balanced it out.
 

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The Indian shop keeper in the simpsons has been made redundant as people found it offensive and it was stereotyping him
I've been following this, it's an interesting one. Most of the characters in The Simpson's are exaggerated stereotypes so what makes Apu problematic but the doughnut eating policeman or wild Scotsman not?

I believe the future of Apu is still being discussed. The Simpson's has been pretty subversive over the years, it will be interesting to see how they go with this issue.
 

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Yep, Willie the Scotsman is white and therefore the professionally offended don't get involved.
I am slightly of colour ATM a whiter shade of pale after getting my flu jab, but luckily I'm thick skinned and not easily offended.
Especially by people with made up names on a online forum .:cool::devilish:
 

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I've been following this, it's an interesting one. Most of the characters in The Simpson's are exaggerated stereotypes so what makes Apu problematic but the doughnut eating policeman or wild Scotsman not?

I believe the future of Apu is still being discussed. The Simpson's has been pretty subversive over the years, it will be interesting to see how they go with this issue.
The doughnut eating policeman and the wild Scotsman are white. Apu isn't.
 

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I think it would also be useful to differentiate between being offended and understanding that something could be offensive. As anyone on here who knows me will testify, I am almost impossible to offend. I have thicker skin than Andre the Giants foreskin. However, I can appreciate that certain things could be offensive. I can also appreciate that sometimes people can be over cautious about these things.

Still, live and let live eh. If it's easy to avoid offending someone, then why would I go out of my way to do it, just to make a fairly unnecessary point. Life's too short to be an arse. 👍
 

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I've been following this, it's an interesting one. Most of the characters in The Simpson's are exaggerated stereotypes so what makes Apu problematic but the doughnut eating policeman or wild Scotsman not?

I believe the future of Apu is still being discussed. The Simpson's has been pretty subversive over the years, it will be interesting to see how they go with this issue.
I recently saw an article where this was being discussed and how ALL of the characters in the simpsons are an exaggeration of stereotypes, again its people being choosey about what offends them.

Lets be honest, stereotypes are there for a reason.
 
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I think it would also be useful to differentiate between being offended and understanding that something could be offensive. As anyone on here who knows me will testify, I am almost impossible to offend. I have thicker skin than Andre the Giants foreskin. However, I can appreciate that certain things could be offensive. I can also appreciate that sometimes people can be over cautious about these things.

Still, live and let live eh. If it's easy to avoid offending someone, then why would I go out of my way to do it, just to make a fairly unnecessary point. Life's too short to be an arse. 👍

But how do you know that it may be deemed offensive by some if you are not, yourself, offended.

Is there not a risk of being patronising towards those that we think may be offended?
 
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