Saturday, 13 October 2007

A final word, in desperation...

I will end my commentary on the whole issue by simply asking why we think it is perfectly alright for us to do this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QusLouQhEfo

and this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDQJGIFzV1Q&mode=related&search=

and even for one of our most respected politicans to say this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBEuhLlNYTY

but when anyone dares to poke fun at a segment of our population like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYB4H0Po0A0

everyone immediately cries racism and discrimination?

4 comments:

MOGLi said...

I'm sorry to say this but that's a fallacious argument you got there. The issue at hand is not about some of our folks being bigots but about the show's explicit disregard for the feelings of filipino medical workers. You are of course raising an important point about how Filipinos themselves tend to be politically incorrect but this is a separate issue. Are you saying that since we have faults too, we have no right to complain at all whatever insults they throw at us?

ASBB said...

What I am saying Mogli is quite clear, in case you have not understood the point -- in a free and democratic society, the right of free expression is paramount above everything else. We give some and we take some, as the examples I have provided show. However, we have to set the same bar, for the things that we are allowed to say to others, as with the things that we allow others to say about us. It cannot be one way traffic alone. That is not how a democracy works, my friend.

bside said...

Hey thanks for your comment! I posted a reply on my blog (also to some other reactions I got), if ever you have time. Thanks again!

Marcelle said...

In light of the Chip Tsao brouhaha, I must say that I wholeheartedly concur.