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2014-01-21 06:29:55 AM  
4 votes:
The word 'racist' is so overused, it's almost lost all meaning.

Simply pointing out or mentioning racial differences is not racism.
2014-01-21 12:20:24 AM  
4 votes:

fusillade762: The ad caused a stir among English-language users of social media in Japan.

What's Japanese for "concern troll"?


I thought it was funny, but Japan and China do have a severe problem with racism.  I lived there in several areas from 98-04 and the racial homogeny, particularly in Japan, lends itself towards racism that would be considered harsh in Alabama circa 1920.  And that's just against black people.  Every other ethnic group is subject to some form of it, with the "lesser" asian ethnicities getting the worst of it.  My wife's paralegal was from Laos and stores in Hong Kong would ask her to leave when she came in.  And HK was by far the most progressive city as far as tolerating other ethnicities.
2014-01-21 07:26:16 AM  
2 votes:
I'm white and I don't give a shiat. I think it's pretty funny.
2014-01-21 06:27:51 AM  
2 votes:

Bucky Katt: I read the article and still don't know what the hell the problem is.


Its offensive to people who look for things to be offended about.
2014-01-21 02:08:47 AM  
2 votes:
I read the article and still don't know what the hell the problem is.
2014-01-21 12:22:28 AM  
2 votes:
The ad caused a stir among English-language users of social media in Japan.

 We didn't bother finding out how it was received by Japanese-language users of social media in Japan.  That would be too difficult.
2014-01-21 12:13:40 AM  
2 votes:
As a white Westerner, I thought it was ever-so-slightly funny.
2014-01-21 12:09:56 AM  
2 votes:
The ad caused a stir among English-language users of social media in Japan.

What's Japanese for "concern troll"?
2014-01-21 09:37:11 AM  
1 vote:
What is the difference between social justice warriors and concern trolls with regards to things like this?
2014-01-21 09:27:44 AM  
1 vote:
How can it possibly be racist when it's not white people doing it?

HOW???
2014-01-21 09:06:24 AM  
1 vote:
What are we supposed to do when other cultures and nations have different norms which are considered wrong and offensive in our culture?
2014-01-21 09:00:51 AM  
1 vote:
They should have put him in a fat suit, too.
2014-01-21 08:02:22 AM  
1 vote:
Lsherm:

I thought it was funny, but Japan and China do have a severe problem with racism.  I lived there in several areas from 98-04 and the racial homogeny, particularly in Japan, lends itself towards racism that would be considered harsh in Alabama circa 1920.  And that's just against black people.  Every other ethnic group is subject to some form of it, with the "lesser" asian ethnicities getting the worst of it.  My wife's paralegal was from Laos and stores in Hong Kong would ask her to leave when she came in.  And HK was by far the most progressive city as far as tolerating other ethnicities.

Racism outside the West can be pretty overt. For a while I was in the UAE and typical job postings included desired sex, nationality, age and marital status of potential applicants - e.g. "Senior engineer [job description] prefer male, age 40-45, British or American" or "Executive assistant, seeking well presented female, preferably Filipina, 18-23, no Indians".

This isn't to say the West has eliminated racism, just that folks in the West tend  to put a more polite face on it and not say things out loud.
2014-01-21 08:01:10 AM  
1 vote:

Mouser: log_jammin: White westerners are often believed in Japan to have big noses

I had no idea about this./

Where do you think the phrase, "long-nosed foreign devil" comes from?



I'm kind of surprised they don't call us "tiny-eyed foreign devils."
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Pictured: Actual Japanese students.
2014-01-21 07:57:45 AM  
1 vote:
Well, to be fair, they _did_ succeed in changing their image.
2014-01-21 07:55:45 AM  
1 vote:

Mirandized: I am embarrassed for the "English-language users of social media in Japan" who have no sense of humor, and who have no lives.


Well, it was funny when Toshiba first did it. That raised a fuss with some western expats in Japan - which is why All Nippon did the same think in solidarity with Toshiba as a passive-aggressive "fark you" to to the offended expats.

That doubling down raised it from "funny" to "hilarious".
2014-01-21 07:26:40 AM  
1 vote:
I didn't know Raymond Luxury Yacht was a Japanese name.
2014-01-21 07:20:01 AM  
1 vote:
I think, as a member of the race that is seemingly the victim of racism, that people should just get a sense of humour.

Yes it`s probably racist but so what?

Really. So what?
2014-01-21 06:56:57 AM  
1 vote:
"We will modify part of the advertisement and will release the second version soon."

Good thing they admit that it's not the size of the nose that makes the difference.

Yeah, I'm looking forward to the new version made with stuffed briefs.
2014-01-21 06:48:24 AM  
1 vote:
I once got busy in a Benihana bathroom.
2014-01-21 06:33:46 AM  
1 vote:
Make fun of my nose, will you? Well, I shall perform indignities on your flag!
mseffie.com
2014-01-21 06:21:20 AM  
1 vote:
This could have been the perfect opportunity to show the world how it is ok to not get cry baby something. YOU BLEW IT!
2014-01-21 06:18:27 AM  
1 vote:
Is this supposed to be racist against Japanese people or white people? I don't really see it either way.
2014-01-21 06:15:54 AM  
1 vote:
I'm offended they had japs pretending to be sophisticated westerners.
2014-01-21 01:50:55 AM  
1 vote:
White westerners are often believed in Japan to have big noses

I had no idea about this./
2014-01-21 01:26:38 AM  
1 vote:
"But we have received opinions different from the message that we wished to convey," he said.

"We will modify part of the advertisement and will release the second version soon."

Earlier, an ANA spokeswoman acknowledged the carrier "has received calls from customers, mostly foreigners, complaining about the ad."


In other words: we're sorry you gaijin decided to be offended.
 
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