Japanese Racism? Much Ado About Nothing. January 20, 2014Posted by geoff in News.
Those Japanese are being all racist and stuff:
In the commercial, two Japanese men in ANA uniform discuss in English how they might boost the image of the airline as an international carrier.
One of them says: “Let’s change the image of Japanese people.” “Sure,” replies the other, who is now wearing a blonde wig and an improbably long rubber nose.
White westerners are often believed in Japan to have big noses, blue eyes and blonde hair, characteristics generally thought desirable among Japanese.
This has caused the typical commotion among the PC police. I dunno – maybe because I’m terminally tainted by White Privilege – but this doesn’t bother me in the least. I find their joke mildly amusing and think it’s pretty healthy that people can make light of racial differences.
In the end, I think the path to racial harmony has to involve humor and some thickening of skin.