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Re: Words

From:DOUGLAS KOLLER <laokou@...>
Date:Friday, September 8, 2000, 5:40
From: "Padraic Brown"

> If ABC tried this here in the States, the ACLU would on their case, > up their butts and down their throats within 12.3 microseconds with > a miltimillion dollar class action lawsuit and we'd probably see > demonstrations, boycotts, riots, etc. Mm. What hijinx indeed!
Ah well, then, silly foreigner, you simply don't understand the "Japanese way". (My Taiwanese partner didn't get why I found this unnerving. "Oh, c'mon; it's just good fun." "If it's 'just good fun', why ain't there a Japanese out there flapping his arm miming 'cock-a-doodle-do'? Why don't you go on TV and pound *your* breast like a gorilla?" "Well, that's different." "Ah-HAH!!" [Even so, I didn't win that one -- I simply didn't understand the "Asian way".]) <Side bar> That said, I don't see anyone demonstrating, boycotting, or rioting over "Big Brother" or "Jerry Springer". In a democracy (and Japan is a democracy), you have the right to make a complete boob of yourself. No one physically compelled those foreigners to oink, waddle, or strut; they did it of their own volition. Their reasons are their own -- cash? TV exposure? What I find disturbing is that they willingly hit the air waves to perpetuate stereotypes of foreigners which I find repugnant. But I imagine this sort of thing has been going on since the beginning of time.</side bar> Kou