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Trump Used Ching-Chong Accent to Mock Asian Allies
This was once a common way for people to amuse themselves and others -- with no harm intended. It is an example of how Trump routinely ignores demands from do-gooders. He keeps alive natural ways of speaking without the constant self-monitoring that political correctness requires. He comes from a more relaxed era and reminds us of lost freedoms
The implicit asssumption behind political correctness is that speech can do harm all by itself. Some possibly can but much must surely depend on the speech concerned. If we want speech that offends nobody, we are facing a Sisyphean task. Evidence should really be demanded before some word or words are branded as harmful -- with the assumption being "no harm" unless shown otherwise
I would like to see evidence that ching-chong pronunciation does harm. It may upset some thin-skinned Asians but does it actually harm them in any way? As we know from the political correcters, people can be offended by all sorts of utterances. So let the criterion for suppressing speech be actual harm rather than mere offence. Offended people will always be with us
In the old days we were always taught that "sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me". That still seems to me to be a healthy attitude. If it is not, I would like to hear why
At the controversial Hamptons fundraiser hosted at the home of SoulCycle and Equinox majority owner Stephen Ross this week, President Donald Trump stirred up even more controversy by mimicking an Asian accent and mocking South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, the New York Post reported.
Trump also discussed the U.S. relationship with South Korea and complained, “So why are we paying for their defense?” Trump said, likely referring to the U.S.-South Korea joint exercises at the border with North Korea. “They’ve got to pay,” he added.
Then, Trump mocked the South Korean president’s accent while talking about how he “caved in to Trump’s tough negotiations,” the Post wrote.
But the president wasn’t done being politically incorrect and offensive. Speaking about when he asked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe whether kamikaze pilots in World War II were drunk or on drugs. Trump said, “Imagine they get in a plane with a half a tank of gas and fly into steel ships just for the love of their country!”
Trump has mimicked Asian accents before. In February, he used an Asian accent when talking about Xi Jinping, the president of China, which also provoked outrage. And in 2015, he used a similar accent talking about dealing with Asian business partners.
By JR on Sunday, August 18, 2019
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