April 11, 2010

Carolla versus Pacquiao: an update

Didn't I say this was not going to end well?

And now there's a Facebook group. That's how you know right away when an issue is a big deal: it has a Facebook group. Oh dear.

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(Just so we're perfectly clear: I am not siding with Carolla per se. So don't start throwing that "colonial mentality" tripe around.)

Yes, Carolla's statements were shallow, mean-spirited and downright stupid. But please, Philippines, don't make things worse by over-reacting like we always do and start calling for the guy's head on a platter right away.

Consider that people like Carolla are the by-product of a continuing crisis of education and geo-political awareness ongoing not just in the U.S. of A, but elsewhere on this sad little blue green round spinning planet of ours. This applies not just in relation to racism, but also to fairly basic concerns such as literacy, self-efficiency, ethical accountability and common sense as well.

All I'm saying is that we may not be entitled to call out the man on his epic act of idiocy, and return I am not entitled to call other people out on theirs as well. Because we're not exactly saints ourselves, you know?

South African protesters: *shakes head*

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