Not Erik, on 01 November 2012 - 03:21 PM, said:
The problem with the term oriental is that it is defining peoples and place by its relationship to the west. Why oriental? Because it's to the east of Europe. By using it you're unconsciously asserting your western world view.
I still don'tquite get it, because it doesn't seem that way to me at all--more like, it's just separating the world into two parts: the west (occidental) and the east (oriental). And it still doesn't make sense as an explanation to why it's offensive, because like Andrew said most people have no problem with it being applied to objects like rugs, so... To me that just sounds like something people made up after the fact, because they had to rationalize being offended by a term that originally was intended in an inoffensive manner. Which they don't, any more than black people need to rationalize being bothered by the term "colored."
I have to say one thing that really bothered me in the podcast, and I forgot to mention. When they were going on about how Tyler Perry is basically the black Adam Sandler, and if you're making fun of Tyler Perry's movies you should also be making fun of Happy Madison stuff. First of all, doesn't everyone already know this? And second of all, where are Andrew and Dave hanging around that all the white people make fun of Tyler Perry movies but not Adam Sandler movies? I see people making fun of Happy Madison movies everywhere I go. Man, last year people were hating on Bucky Larson and Jack and Jill non-stop. I think Tyler Perry movies actually get made fun of less, because they aren't on white people's radar as much.