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Anon writes;

Last night on First Dates Ireland there was a comment passed along the lines of “I’m sweating like a dog in a Chinese restaurant” Racist or not?

Pic: RTÉ

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  1. postmanpat

    It made me chuckle. (reading about it here just now that is, I don’t watch RTE shows )

    1. catsiglierie

      I must be a ‘spoon of a human’ then. Of course it’s racist. It presents a stereotype which functions to homogenise and disparage a group (identified specifically by their race and cultural identity), all for the sake of a bit of a chuckle. It’s not the worst thing in the world of course, but it is racist.

      1. millie st murderlark

        My sister lives in China. I’m reliably informed that dogs are still eaten over there and it is only now and in very recent years that there is a shift away from it. It is now rarely eaten in places like Beijing and more westernised regions. In rural China it is still eaten regularly.

        I wouldn’t call it racist. Poor taste maybe.

  2. Dr.Fart MD

    that’s not fair using a pic of those two, makes it look like one of them said it. Either put up the pic of the guy who said it or highlight that it wasn’t them.
    Also, it was funny that the guy who DID say that line had just before that gone on about how incredibly woke he is.

  3. Worlds Biggest Ranter

    Special quarantine centres required for people who are offended by this. The snap back (when it happens – and it will) from this nonsense is not gonna be pretty. I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end.

    1. Nigel

      Nobody’s offended by this. It either is racist or it isn’t. At worst it’s an embarrassing faux pas. Your foreboding of dark and violent repression is disproportionate but is also typical the of wounded fragility of people who think that talking about casual racism is worse than casual racism.

      1. Worlds Biggest Ranter

        “Your foreboding of dark and violent repression”

        Not really what I meant but if that’s what you’re envisioning yourself then so be it! Maybe you’re being accidentally incisive?

        1. Nigel

          Oh good, maybe you mean everybody will sit down at a big tea party and sort it out amidst laughter and the tinkling of spoons. That would be nice.

        2. George

          Explain what you mean then, because it sounds like gibberish. What is this not-pretty “snapback” you are imagining?

  4. Murtles

    Stay Anon, Anon. The powers of trying to stir up s**t so you can get attention elude you.

  5. Spaghetti Hoop

    We eat rabbits and birds, the Chinese eat dogs. I don’t see a problem or a racist slur here.

    1. Nigel

      Eating dogs is such a taboo here, though, that the connotations are heavily negative. ‘Here’s that thing foreign people do we regard as utterly horrible and weird.’ Frogs and snails and horses are all part of French cuisine, but have, at least in the past, perhaps less so now, been regarded with disgust or at least amazement in Ireland and the UK, to the extent that one of them is a mildly derogatory term for French people. To be clear, this is just cringeworthy, and the worst result is that the person responsible will get slagged for the rest of their life for saying it on national television, and also I am hungry now.

  6. George

    You have to imagine you are a Chinese person. Then think how this comment would make you feel. It is called empathy.

    If you have any doubt, ask yourself if you would say this to a Chinese person?

    1. AssPants

      What about the dog….. who is thinking of the dog!

      So racist against dogs I can’t believe RTE aired this. Hideous….

      1. Starina

        So if a Chinese person is racist in China, it’s ok to be racist against the Chinese in Ireland?

        Racism is an *enormous* problem in China (not least the current genocide against Uigher Muslims) but that doesn’t mean “lol da Chinese eat dags” jokes are big and clever either.

      2. Nigel

        There are a lot of Chinese people living in China you’ll have to be more specific about which one is speaking.

  7. Just Sayin

    But but but …
    dogs don’t sweat, they have practically no sweat glands and have to cool themselves by panting.

    so the corrct expression is
    “panting like a dog in a Chinese restaurant”
    or even better
    “panting like a dog in a Korean restaurant”

  8. Verbatim

    I’ve never been to China, but I could image they have puppies in restaurant windows and you can pick out which one you want to eat, a bit like lobster and crab in restaurants.

  9. rotide

    It shows how out of the woke loop I am that I though the racist part of this was equating Chinese people with Korean people who do eat dogs

      1. Junkface

        They have a Dog eating Festivals every year in China. Where they specialize in torturing the poor caged dogs because they think it makes the meat more tender. Its sick, and they should be mocked and ridiculed for it. Horrible, sick cruelty and total lack of empathy.

          1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            Oh. I’m wrong. They deleted mine. I’m just too edgy for this place, you know?

  10. Con Fuse-Us

    I think there is confusion here between the fact that Koreans consider dog a delicacy and that it is often implied that some dodgey Chinese restaurants (speaking in terms of quality of food) capture and use local dogs as a cheap substitute for other meats in their dishes.

  11. SOQ

    Just bad taste or racist, that ‘joke’ should have been edited out of the program. Irish people of Chinese origin have enough to be dealing with, without such being broadcast on national TV.

    As for the moron who said it, the fact he thought it was funny is probably a clue as to why he is still single.

  12. AssPants

    Contrary to all above; dogs do sweat; but not through their skin, rather through the pads on their paws, nose and tongue.

    Just some useless information.

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