Monday, May 18, 2009

Is this camera racist?

Thanks to Wendy for the tip on Nikon's "blink detector," apparently uncalibrated to Asian eyes:

Racist Camera

From Buzzfeed: “As I was taking pictures of my family, it kept asking 'Did someone blink?' even though our eyes were always open.”

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Playboy: racist?


She-She writes:
Ida Ljungqvist, Playmate of the Year, is being touted as the first naturally born African woman awarded such an achievement, if it can be called one.  Is it racist that some say that she is not African looking enough?  Is it racist that that Playboy picked an African woman who could be substituted for any white playmate and then advertise her as African?  She could be Pamela Anderson's little sister.
So many possibilities.  Ah, Playboy.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Is stereotyping dogs by breed nationality racist?

From Laine, via Japan Probe:

On last week’s episode of “Shimura Zoo,” a test was carried out to determine the ways different dog breeds react to disappearing food.


Comedians Taka and Toshi introduced the familiar stereotype of Western people displaying their emotions more than Japanese people and having “big” reactions to everything, and wondered if the same thing was true about dogs from those countries. To find out, they got a few dogs and checked their reacted to having a bowl of food suddenly disappear.
Apparently, the Japanese breeds respond civilly to food, while "the poodle confirms stereotypes of the French by giving an 'elegant' reaction to the disappearing food" and "the Italian dog [Italian greyhound] reacts violently, just like the Italian people shown in the soccer riot footage included as an example of their national character," confirming that like their human counterparts, European dogs are ridiculous assholes.

Is it racist?

Bonus question: Is the site name "Japan Probe" pornographic?  And, if so, is it racist?