This, I think, really was tasteless, and even though it was a personal blog, this guy is a part of an entirely public organisation and should have realised that it wouldn’t be a good idea to be such a public idiot.

However, I don’t see a problem using a picture of Stephen Harper and Gilles Duceppe together just because it happened to be taken at an event marking the holocaust. As far as I can tell there wasn’t anything said about the holocaust, that these guys were conspiring to say it never happened, that they weren’t paying attention to the veterans of the war, or anything. Just that they were whispering. (And therefore hatching evil separatist conspiracies.) So what.

I also don’t think it would be offensive to be identified as “Jew Couple” on an order in a restaurant anymore than “White guy” or “Dude in the red shirt”. The university professor racism authority who said that it was racist wondered why there had to be anything at all written down. Well just maybe there were a lot of people in the restaurant and the person was new and having a bad day and couldn’t keep everybody straight, ok!? Get off their back! Geeze. Or maybe they were racist. This was, I am loathe to admit, on Oprah, by the way.

I have the same problem with people in the queer community (maybe more the transgendered and/or transsexual community, which may or may not be part of the queer community anyway) wondering why you have to identify gender on forms (“sex?” “yes please!”). Well, sometimes I like to know if I’m excepting a man’s or woman’s voice on the phone, if I should say “is he home?” or “is she home?”, or if I should charge more for their auto insurance. (Non-gender specific pronouns only work for the second one!)

But then again, I never understood how people can be offended by particular words…

What do Jewish people think when they go to Japan and see swastikas all over the maps? (That’s a map of Teramachi, literally “temple town”, in Nagasaki by the way. It’s a beautiful area to walk through in the early morning. Or really any time.)

Clearly I could never be a public official because I think people worry too much about these things and I, clearly, don’t. But you’re free to debate and change my mind on anything! As Douglas Adams said, “That is my debating point and you are now free to start hurling the chairs around!”

Random FAQ Comments (2)

2 Responses to “I have no tact”

  1. david says:

    swastikas point the other way, if i remember correctly.

  2. GP says:

    Swastikas and non-swastikas can point either way. I think mainland asia usually points them one way and Japan usually points the other. But yeah, I did think of that, but there was no consensus.

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