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What's with the Politically Incorrect Banner?

Discussion in 'UHall' started by GarthGrey, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. GarthGrey

    GarthGrey Crazed Zealot
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    Mar 18, 2003
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    Oriental 3D action? From some game called Metin2 or something. Last time I checked the proper terminology was "Asian"...Oriental action, hilarious...
  2. Flutter

    Flutter Always Present
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    May 12, 2004
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    Maybe because "Asian Action" sounds like pron.
  3. AesSedai

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  5. Setnaffa

    Setnaffa Certifiable
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    I don't consider "Oriental" politically Incorrect.

    I guess my opinion doesn't really matter since I believe the whole "politically correct" wave has gone way too far. People need to stop being so sensitive to words that have never meant anything derogatory. I'm not saying some things are completely distasteful or just plain wrong to use (the N-word comes to mind), but worrying about the word "oriental" is a bit much for me.

    Oriental is like saying "White" or "Black". Are we all supposed to say Caucasian? European? Light Skinned? African? African-American? Asian? Chinese? Indian? Native American? Am I still allowed to say someone is Blonde or brown-eyed? Actually I never understood Native American. The Asians that came from Siberia might have been here before the Europeans, but I was born in the United States, so I'm as native as anyone else.

    The word "Orient" basically refers to the Far East. Many people think of India, Pakistan, and Tibet when they think of "Asian". As far as I'm concerned, the Orient is China, Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, and maybe even Japan.
  6. AesSedai

    AesSedai Guest

    - OMG! You said blonde! You should be banned, naw! Everyone knows that means you are referring to the butt of a joke... ;)
    Ah poo. I was only referring to the bear, that's the ticket. la law and sandy sanchez all agree.
  7. Sarsmi

    Sarsmi Grand Poobah
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    Apr 25, 2001
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    I think it's ok to say action is oriental - you can refer to objects and things as oriental, but not people specifically (if you want to be pc about it). "Oriental action" does sound kind of stupid though. I mean if they're just going for some kind of generic asian thing (god forbid we be specific but instead lump a few a whole bunch of countries and areas together) they should have just said asian, despite the porn overtones (which could actually really only help a game, you'd think).
  8. Duskofdead

    Duskofdead Sage
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    Dec 6, 2008
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    Well just to let you know.... oriental, did, indeed, have overt negative meaning. Goes back to old ideas of occidental vs. oriental and the savage vs. the civilized mind. Check Franz Boas if you'd like a reading reference.

    The fact that, most people, today, simply don't know any better and use the word out of habit, not knowing it's offensive, doesn't mean it isn't. It's like growing up in a family that always used the n-word and not knowing any better. You should still be discouraged from using it in public.
  9. Dalton4902

    Dalton4902 Guest

    I think it's pretty pathetic when people find something as small as using the word "Oriental" to try and crack down on. There is nothing politically incorrect, and, seriously, who cares? Are Orientals, in fact, Oriental? Why, yes I do believe they are!!
  10. Harlequin

    Harlequin Babbling Loonie
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    Jun 11, 2008
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    Hmm...Does that mean that the Oriental Express should consider calling itself the Asian Express?
  11. Bara

    Bara Guest

    I've always thought that calling a person oriental is impolite, but it's okay to refer to an 'oriental rug' and the like. The first use is a racial slur on par with refering to a person as 'colored', but the second use of the word is completely different as it refers to an astetic style, rather than the ethnicity of an individual or group.