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(Some Guy)   Passport photograph of five-year-old girl's bare shoulders rejected "as it may offend"   ( ) divider line
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2006-08-14 11:28:15 PM  
Years ago I used to work in Minneapolis in the security department for a large bank. It was my job to photograph people for their company IDs. I'd never met a muslim before that job and soon one showed up for a company ID complete with a head scarf (hijab?). Anyway, our policy was that people couldn't wear anything on their head when taking their ID picture. Not realizing the significance of the scarf, I asked her to remove it. She didn't want to, but eventually took it off herself . Later, my boss asked me about it because she complained that I had forcibly grabbed it and "ripped" it off her head.

/Never trusted Muslims since.
/And yes, she did get a picture with her scarf and we had to delete the old one.
2006-08-14 11:29:04 PM  
RTFA AND paying attention to it? Nah..
2006-08-14 11:36:10 PM  
gimme my passport!
2006-08-14 11:36:24 PM  
We need to offend a whole lot more muslim facists, if you ask me, which of course you didn't.
2006-08-14 11:37:58 PM  
Damn you, Zylon! I picked up on that line of thinking and now I've been upgraded to first class!

I can't quite make myself make the pic, though. I'm giggling madly enough just imagining it.
2006-08-14 11:47:12 PM  
Dumbest thread ever...
If I didn't know better, I'd think that most of these messages were part of an orchestrated prank, sort of like a virtual "flash mob."

In fact, that's what I'm going to tell myself. It's much more appealing than "ignorance so thick you could cut it with a knife."

And one post stands out above all else:

arcadecalgary - well redneck or not , least were not so pussy out here as to NOT say something about it in fear of OFFENDING someone.

I'll clue you in on something... Some of us actually don't like offending other people. It's not called "fear." It's called respect.

Kinda like how I always took my shoes off before going into my Korean friend's house in high school. I suppose I could have told his mom to "fark off" and let her know that "that ain't how we do that shiat here, Slope!" but somehow, I just never got the idea that that it would make me a badass.

But, having listened to your tirades... I'm pretty sold! You sound like a very, very tough guy the way you 'tell it like it is.'

It's like you're totally unafraid of any retribution. Like somehow, you'll never be forced to back up any of that tough talk for some reason... almost like all the people you're talking about are far, far away.

go back to your liberal hole hippy

Now, that sounds like someone's giving an awful lot of thought to "liberal holes."

/Cute kid...
2006-08-14 11:49:04 PM  
Tangelo - Damn you, Zylon! I picked up on that line of thinking and now I've been upgraded to first class!

I can't quite make myself make the pic, though. I'm giggling madly enough just imagining it.

Would one of you just go ahead and slap "Buttsecks?" on the kid's picture already...
2006-08-14 11:52:22 PM  
Ha ha, I'd hate to be the parent that had to take this girl in to have her picture taken AGAIN. She has the classic Child Terror In Front of Photographer look which can also been seen in easter bunny and santa claus photos. That's why her eyes are so big and her eyebrows are up. You'll see she's also biting her lower lip. Next time they'll have lots of fun trying to get a shot where she isn't screaming or screwing up her face.

/won't someone think of the children?
2006-08-14 11:57:17 PM  
""2006-08-14 08:38:00 PM NubianzWithAttitude

I LOL'd.

/there are people that actually want to get back IN to a Muslim country?""

ya, no shiat!1!!!

2006-08-15 12:01:44 AM  
I blame the Bushiatler religious extremist regime and john ashcroft's moral crusading. Oh wait, enlightened bad.
2006-08-15 12:08:00 AM  
All kids aren't this cute. Can someone dig up pics of the mother? I got nothin' from looking at the related articles on google news.
2006-08-15 12:08:18 AM  
This is what happens when you try to appease everyone.
2006-08-15 12:10:14 AM  
technicolor-misfit: Would one of you just go ahead and slap "Buttsecks?" on the kid's picture already...

Done and done!

/I feel sooooo dirty...
2006-08-15 12:12:59 AM  
Cant believe no once has done this yet.
2006-08-15 12:26:04 AM  
I can't believe no one's done this one either.
2006-08-15 12:28:34 AM  
Damn. That girl looks like she been hit a few times with the stupid stick (aka crowbar). Someone would have to be very hard up to find her enticing in any way (a face only a mother could love and all that).

What the hey. The passport office said 'no', so might as well lower that bar some more. Give the kid a crew-cut, long-sleeve shirt and a painters/surgical mouth/nose mask...
2006-08-15 12:32:42 AM  
you all need to stfu and realize it is the politically correct post office worker who is to blame making a decision on what 'may offend'. it bears no resemblance of what actually *will* offend nor was it an official ruling. the post office worker probably doesn't even know a muslim to ask if it is offensive.

/not a muslim.
//not a pc nut.
///normal joe living in crazy times scratching my head at the over reaction by bloody well everyone wondering wtf is going down.
2006-08-15 12:34:03 AM  
"I can't believe no one's done this one either."

because she looks so much like the space shuttle? she an astronaut???

/confused by the reference...
2006-08-15 12:38:41 AM - This is what happens when you try to appease everyone.

Like the article says, I think this is what happens when someone stuck in a mostly mindless, mostly thankless job wherein it's nearly impossible to either excel or fail, wants to feel that they're making an important contribution.

It's hard to reconcile the idea that what you do doesn't really matter in the long run, and that someone could be brought in to replace you tomorrow and up to speed by tthe next day. It's especially hard if you fancy yourself to be particularly intelligent... (Which describes about 99% of the world's population.)

It may be tolerable if you have something else in your life, or if you know it's temporary, and that you'll move on to bigger and better things.

I'd bet if they find out who this is, it's someone middle-aged, who's been at it a while with no prospects or interests outside of the job, and probably little or no family and friends.

It's someone who got themselves through that particular day by imagining that they were really on the ball and that their initiative, intelligence and cultural awareness likely averted some big potential culture clash/international incident...

At my old office, we had this guy who we'd pay to run errands and stuff for us just to kind of help him out and gie him something to. He was just a little off, and it was literally stuff like going and getting us sodas or stamps or stuff... mostly made up junk just to make him feel useful.

Nonetheless, he used to regale us with tales of his canny street selection and how he could arrange stuff to carry much more than any normal human could carry, and how rapidly he could move even under that heavy load. How he cleverly organized everyone's change in various pockets so that he always got everyone the right money back.

Most everyone wants to feel they do their job a little bit better than anyone else could... that they have to exercise uncommon judgement and intelligence. In a bureaucracy where everything's laid out in a formal routine though, that can be kind of difficult to achieve.

My guess is that that's what happened here.
2006-08-15 12:41:59 AM  
TheRealStyro - Damn. That girl looks like she been hit a few times with the stupid stick (aka crowbar). Someone would have to be very hard up to find her enticing in any way (a face only a mother could love and all that).

You're smoking crack! She's freakin' adorable...

/did you actually just "sharp knees" a 5 year old?
2006-08-15 12:50:57 AM  
2006-08-15 12:38:41 AM technicolor-misfit

Man, looking at that after the fact... boy was that ever a long-winded exercise in mental masturbation...

Clearly, pointless pontificating is how I make myself feel important.

Thank god for Fark!
2006-08-15 01:02:27 AM  
Ahem! I'll stand by my statement. In my taste (being all in my mouth), this photo does not make the subject look adorable or enticing at all. In a much better photo she may look adorable, but she probably has another 10+ years before she get enticing added to a description of her.

Now, where is my award for a 'long-winded exercise in mental masturbation'?!
2006-08-15 01:14:04 AM  
I can't believe that fark is now extending the 'pointy knee' comments to women who are 5 YEARS OLD! Yes, she looks a little wierd, she's making a face because she's scared of the camera but she's not that abnormal looking for a little girl.
2006-08-15 01:46:00 AM  
Wait a minute.

Has anybody remembered to say "fark the Muslims".
2006-08-15 03:16:36 AM  
this is so stupid.
2006-08-15 03:36:40 AM  
Other people shouldn't have customs that are different than ours. We need the world to be full of generic humans.
2006-08-15 03:38:39 AM
2006-08-15 06:57:44 AM  
Meh, normally I couldn't give a fark about offending Muslim communities.

However, if I'm flying into a country and the Muslim bloke behind the immigration desk is staring at me with his beady little Muslim eyes, the explosives already strapped to his chest, ready to scream "Jihad" at any time, muttering "Dirka Dirka" under his breath, that is when I'm a little more careful to be culturally sensitive.

\ What? I'm not racist!
2006-08-15 07:50:36 AM  
Fark the Farking Farked up ragheads
2006-08-15 08:04:41 AM  
Has anyone said "Fark the radical Muslims who are ruining the party for everyone" yet?
2006-08-15 08:42:56 AM  
Oh, are we all under Muslim law now? Oh, I can't wait to tell the wife...
2006-08-15 08:53:14 AM  
Are you people all mad? this article is obviously fake. look at the other headlines on the page.

/180 posts to realize the shenanigans? Shame on you, fark.
2006-08-15 08:58:47 AM  
you cant please everyone all the time, so dont waste your time pleasing muslims.

dirka: hey dude, you want some sand?
durka: no, its cool. ive already got some in this man-dress im wearing.
2006-08-15 09:29:48 AM  
Didn't read the whole thread . . . but just in case no one did it. . . .

I'd like to point out that really devout Muslims think it's a sin to make ANY image of a person. So covering teh shoulders not really accomplishing much. Kinda makes you wonder how "devout" the Islamists are when they keep making videos . . .

My theory is that they use their religion soley as a means to power, and they are really just a bunch of sadistic bastards. While I know "religion of peace" is a joke around here, we have to remember most of the muslim world live with a 13th century mindset. Don't recall many Christians being sparkling representitives of humanity during that time.
2006-08-15 09:59:03 AM  
Quit slamming the postal clerk. She doesn't set the policy for passport photos. She didn't have to say anything to the parents. She could have just sent it in and let it get sent back, possibly delaying their trip. She was just saving them the headache.

Noah_, what makes you think any of these headlines are fake?
2006-08-15 10:10:28 AM  
Time for my favourite quote!

"Political correctness is gay!"
2006-08-15 10:12:21 AM  
Sum Dum Gai: According to the Iranian government those teens were executed for raping a thirteen year old boy. Harsh punishment for rape, though.

Not so much, no.
2006-08-15 10:40:33 AM  
Noah_: Are you people all mad? this article is obviously fake. look at the other headlines on the page.

/180 posts to realize the shenanigans? Shame on you, fark.

What the hell are you talking about?
2006-08-15 11:40:48 AM  
2006-08-15 11:52:04 AM  
That's their problem if they're still back in what, the 1500's or earlier? where women's rights are concerned. Screw them and let the girl use the picture, goddamnit.

I highly doubt she'll be going to a Muslim country anyway, most of them aren't exactly big on tourists' lists of places to go.(Unless you're Muslim and are going on that holy journey to Mecca thing)
2006-08-15 11:55:25 AM

hah. sorry i farked the first one.
2006-08-15 01:50:27 PM  
2006-08-14 08:37:39 PM cast2007

Fark those buttholes.

No thanks, Ill pass. That could be dirty.

And Painful.
2006-08-15 02:02:58 PM  
Muslims have a very good reason to be offended by photos such as this.

You see, Allah was a goat fornicator. His followers were extreme goat fornicators, having tagged (along with Allah, the Mother of All Goat Fornicators) every goat in the land. Goats trembled when they heard the word "Muslim" because they knew, as all goats know even today, that all Muslims, following their leader's example, love to fornicate goats and will do so with their every breath.

What this means is that anything with more beauty than even a goat is a target. This makes any biped a distraction and temptation to such a degree, no Muslim can resist. It's like an alcoholic being locked overnight in a bar - s/he knows s/he can't resist and in the end, the experience will kill him.

So, before we get too judgmental about Muslim and it's followers, just remember: They Fark Goats. It's really Allah's (Mother of Goat Fornicators) fault.
2006-08-15 05:25:06 PM  
soy_bomb: That photo came from my Web site. Whenever the Iranian government executes someone for homosexuality, they cover it by saying they raped or abused people. These kids did not. I have followed this story from day one. They are completely innocent.
2006-08-16 04:41:58 AM  
Yeah, and it offends me when Islam makes women cover up their entire bodies except for their eyes, and treat them like garbage. So maybe we should start rejecting the passports of Muslim women.
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