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2012-08-23 08:34:45 AM
Some believe that it presents a stereotype of Asians excelling in technology and/or the sciences.

Yeah, who would want that stereotype?
 
2012-08-23 09:20:07 AM
I'm actually offended they felt they had to change the image into a white chick.

What, they aren't any Canadians of Asian descent? None of them work in labs?

Have the people who made this decision been in a lab recently?

/Fun fact: The new Canadian 100 dollar has added to it, as part of the anti-counterfeiting measures, a distinct maple smell.
//Not the 50s only the 100s.
 
2012-08-23 09:21:27 AM
"there aren't"

"100 dollar bill"

/Coffee, I needs moar.
 
2012-08-23 09:51:35 AM

Sybarite: Some believe that it presents a stereotype of Asians excelling in technology and/or the sciences.

Yeah, who would want that stereotype?


The same people who don't want black guys stereotyped as having a large penis
 
2012-08-23 09:53:54 AM
So one American Franklin = one Canadian woman? Interesting conversion rate.
 
2012-08-23 10:17:27 AM
To prevent further outrage in the future they have decided to replace the white woman scientist with a transgendered moose.
 
Aside from Natasha and Boris, who could dislike a moose doing lab work?  It's cute as hell.
 
2012-08-23 11:58:39 AM
WHAR ESKIMO LADY WHAR?
 
2012-08-23 11:58:44 AM
Want to reduce any future outrage?
Dump the Focus Group crap.
 
2012-08-23 11:59:16 AM
Where the franklins at?

/ it's funny because, apparently, he's now a white woman
 
2012-08-23 12:01:57 PM
images.clipartof.com

What a Canasian might look like.
 
2012-08-23 12:03:46 PM

snocone: Want to reduce any future outrage?
Dump the Focus Group crap.


Focus groups and committees. People coming up with opinions on the spot because they want to feel special. That's how you get things done!
 
2012-08-23 12:04:27 PM
Maria Ozawa is a Canadian-Asian blend.

... I'm just sayin'.

/ she is making bad career choices
// can still fap incessantly to her normal pictorials
 
2012-08-23 12:15:40 PM
encrypted-tbn3.google.com
Don't make thou go upside thine head.
 
2012-08-23 12:19:40 PM
I hope it's not the kind of Asian woman who likes to urinate in cola products.
 
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2012-08-23 12:20:22 PM

Sybarite: Some believe that it presents a stereotype of Asians excelling in technology and/or the sciences.

Yeah, who would want that stereotype?


Unpopular in the South.
 
2012-08-23 12:21:29 PM

Sybarite: Some believe that it presents a stereotype of Asians excelling in technology and/or the sciences.

Yeah, who would want that stereotype?


Even stereotypes generally considered to be positive by others are usually unwelcome among large portions of the population to which they apply.

But in any case, this seems like a no-win situation: people complain about the change, but people were also complaining about the pre-change version. I don't know if I'd have made the same call as the board, but with what information is at hand, I can't say that its call was any less reasonable than the alternatives.
 
2012-08-23 12:25:13 PM
Where's he at?

www.morethings.com
 
2012-08-23 12:27:50 PM

Sybarite: Some believe that it presents a stereotype of Asians excelling in technology and/or the sciences.

Yeah, who would want that stereotype?


Maybe they would be happier if the asian chick was doing someone's nails?
 
2012-08-23 12:29:33 PM
Some believe that it presents a stereotype of Asians excelling in technology and/or the sciences

Yeah, everyone knows Asians tend to play pro football.
 
2012-08-23 12:30:39 PM
I always thought it was interesting that the Philippine 100 PHP bill has an American Flag on it:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-08-23 12:31:47 PM

Millennium: But in any case, this seems like a no-win situation: people complain about the change, but people were also complaining about the pre-change version. I don't know if I'd have made the same call as the board, but with what information is at hand, I can't say that its call was any less reasonable than the alternatives.


This. The BOC had no real way to please everybody. I guess Canada has its share of rednecks too
 
2012-08-23 12:33:15 PM
If she's anything near as hot as Warehouse 13's HG Wells, I'm in for a penny and a pound.
 
2012-08-23 12:34:20 PM

evilmrsock: Maria Ozawa is a Canadian-Asian blend.

... I'm just sayin'.

/ she is making bad career choices
// can still fap incessantly to her normal pictorials


What are you talking about? Race car driving is an honorable occupation.

/obscure
 
2012-08-23 12:34:52 PM
This just in: Benjamin Franklin was a white woman

www.artvalue.com

Dammit -- it's freezing in my office! Look how bundled up I am. Can't we buy a space heater for under my desk?
 
2012-08-23 12:35:04 PM
Of course Ben was a woman. Who else but a blonde would fly a kite in a thunder storm?
 
2012-08-23 12:35:14 PM

xanadian: So one American Franklin = one Canadian woman? Interesting conversion rate.


I'll take a wreath of Franklins.
 
2012-08-23 12:37:26 PM

uber humper: I always thought it was interesting that the Philippine 100 PHP bill has an American Flag on it:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 510x206]


There's one part of the world where Americans will always be beloved, or at least certain ones(MacArthur means more to them than Paterno did to Penn State, and could do a lot worse and still be beloved)
 
2012-08-23 12:41:55 PM
Benjamin Franklin is my second-favorite president, right behind George Jefferson.
 
2012-08-23 12:44:25 PM

tekmo: Benjamin Franklin is my second-favorite president, right behind George Jefferson.


Left out Denzel Washington.
 
2012-08-23 12:44:34 PM

bhcompy: uber humper: I always thought it was interesting that the Philippine 100 PHP bill has an American Flag on it:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 510x206]

There's one part of the world where Americans will always be beloved, or at least certain ones(MacArthur means more to them than Paterno did to Penn State, and could do a lot worse and still be beloved)


Yeah, there's some bad feelings from the post-1898 insurgency that the US suppressed, but not a huge amount, from what I gather.
 
2012-08-23 12:47:27 PM

JohnAnnArbor: bhcompy: uber humper: I always thought it was interesting that the Philippine 100 PHP bill has an American Flag on it:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 510x206]

There's one part of the world where Americans will always be beloved, or at least certain ones(MacArthur means more to them than Paterno did to Penn State, and could do a lot worse and still be beloved)

Yeah, there's some bad feelings from the post-1898 insurgency that the US suppressed, but not a huge amount, from what I gather.


This implies that that's an independence ceremony in 1946; lower the US flag and raise the Phillipine one.
 
2012-08-23 12:47:55 PM

Chevello: If she's anything near as hot as Warehouse 13's HG Wells, I'm in for a penny and a pound.


I see I wasn't the only one to think of HG.

/her and Myka..mmmmm
 
2012-08-23 12:51:06 PM

tekmo: Benjamin Franklin is my second-favorite president, right behind George Jefferson.


Agreed, but the next best president had to be Thomas Edison.
 
2012-08-23 12:55:50 PM
Why did they put a generic person on their money? Why not an actual person, Marie Curie perhaps to go with the science theme? Or, if you insist on having a Canadian, how about Roberta Bondar, Canada's first female astronaut? If you need a nonwhite person, try Veena Rawat, the first woman in Canada to receive a PhD. in electrical engineering. Basically if they went with an actual person instead of a stock image they would not have this problem. If none of these choices seem prominent enough, just have a different accomplished Canadian scientist every year. If you must use a stock image, why does it have to be a person? Why not a DNA molecule?
 
2012-08-23 12:57:57 PM
Apparently it's less racist to continue to only put white people on bills? How does that work?
 
2012-08-23 01:00:41 PM
Why do they even bother using marketing focus groups for new bill designs? Are they seriously afraid that if the public doesn't like the way a new bill looks they'll stop using money? Good luck paying your hydro bill with two chickens and a goat.
 
2012-08-23 01:03:42 PM

JohnAnnArbor: JohnAnnArbor: bhcompy: uber humper: I always thought it was interesting that the Philippine 100 PHP bill has an American Flag on it:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 510x206]

There's one part of the world where Americans will always be beloved, or at least certain ones(MacArthur means more to them than Paterno did to Penn State, and could do a lot worse and still be beloved)

Yeah, there's some bad feelings from the post-1898 insurgency that the US suppressed, but not a huge amount, from what I gather.

This implies that that's an independence ceremony in 1946; lower the US flag and raise the Phillipine one.


Interesting, thanks for posting that.

But that in no way discounts the Filipino affection for Americans.
 
2012-08-23 01:04:29 PM

Sybarite: Some believe that it presents a stereotype of Asians excelling in technology and/or the sciences.

Yeah, who would want that stereotype?


Losers who feel bad for not excelling.

Seriously, I've read quite a few articles that said just that, along with decrying the pressure to succeed.
 
2012-08-23 01:06:59 PM

malaktaus: Why not a DNA molecule?


Someone would analyze it and pronounce it an aboriginal and complain.
 
2012-08-23 01:09:32 PM
Eh, when has a Canadian ever seen a $100 bill?

/not real money anyway
 
2012-08-23 01:10:40 PM

ArkAngel: Sybarite: Some believe that it presents a stereotype of Asians excelling in technology and/or the sciences.

Yeah, who would want that stereotype?

The same people who don't want black guys stereotyped as having a large penis



I'm trying to remember, I think it was Chris Rock who talked about how useless black stereotypes were in the real world and how nice it would be to have one like 'good at math'; "I got to get me one of them ni***r accountants!"
 
2012-08-23 01:11:08 PM

Ghastly: Why do they even bother using marketing focus groups for new bill designs? Are they seriously afraid that if the public doesn't like the way a new bill looks they'll stop using money? Good luck paying your hydro bill with two chickens and a goat.


Ha ha.

Cash is one of the few things that is stylish no matter what it looks like. 

/not a hipster
 
2012-08-23 01:24:35 PM
Yes. Yes, he was.
 
2012-08-23 01:32:30 PM

bhcompy: uber humper: I always thought it was interesting that the Philippine 100 PHP bill has an American Flag on it:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 510x206]

There's one part of the world where Americans will always be beloved, or at least certain ones(MacArthur means more to them than Paterno did to Penn State, and could do a lot worse and still be beloved)


Didn't MacArthur write the Filipino consitiution?

Possibly Regan, too. I was at a Filipino client's house, they had a portrait of Regan about their bed. I'm a small government guy, but that is just wired.
 
2012-08-23 01:33:37 PM
Always stick with a white man. Always.
 
2012-08-23 01:36:36 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com
/Was born a poor black child
 
2012-08-23 01:36:44 PM

uber humper: Didn't MacArthur write the Filipino constitution?

Possibly Regan, too. I was at a Filipino client's house, they had a portrait of Regan about above their bed. I'm a small government guy, but that is just wired weird.


FTFM

/farking phone
 
2012-08-23 01:39:35 PM
24.media.tumblr.com
Called it.
/hot like melty things
 
2012-08-23 01:44:57 PM
I wonder if some were concerned that the person portrayed might be confused with...
upload.wikimedia.org 
a First Nation's person. 
Or is that just a US thing?
 
2012-08-23 01:45:19 PM
I think we should replace all our boring old white men with hot asian ladies

New Mitt Romney
www.alef.net

New Rush Limbaugh
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New Joe Biden 
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New Larry King 
weeklymovies.net
 
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