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Race trope fail

Thoughts on my latest visit to TV Tropes:

1. Ooh, have they changed the logo?

2. And why am I seeing ads? I don't usually see ads. Bad adblocker.

3. ...Aaaaand WTF? The ads on the main Race Tropes page, which talks about racist stereotypes and exoticisation, say "Asian girls for love & marriage". Well done there, Google AdWords. I suppose it's nice that you're illustrating the point.

(Mind you, it can work the other way - if I'm reading my forums while logged out, it's amusing to note that homophobic threads always attract ads for gay dating sites, and anti-Muslim threads attract ads for saris, usually.)


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Mar. 27th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
...though, actually, a Muslim lady from the subcontinent would be much more likely to wear a salwar kameez than a sari. It's my rough-and-ready cheat's guide to whether a lady comes from India or Pakistan, bearing in mind that of course there are exceptions both ways; it's useful to have at least a good basis on which to guess, though, since they are understandably likely to be offended if you get it wrong.

Now if only there was as easy a way to tell Americans from Canadians... *grins, ducks & runs*
Mar. 27th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I did think that - though I didn't know the details, and probably wouldn't recognise a salwar kameez - so I'm not quite sure where they get the connection from!
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Mar. 27th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
I've never seen Saving Grace. I'm not sure I've ever seen a Native American or First Nations character in a show which wasn't *about* their heritage, but it's possible I just wouldn't have noticed if it wasn't made obvious.

I've seen plenty of Indigenous Australian and NZ Maori characters, though. Mostly in children's TV from Australia, which we seem to import a lot of.
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