Hello Everyone! This is Ada, contributing an entry to Dave’s blog while he is absent getting some much needed R & R. I hope to share with you some pictures and humorous anecdotes of Dave since I have known him since high school. I’m sure that there is something I can dust off from my treasure trove of memorabilia that will amuse you all. 🙂
Onto the real story at hand. I received an email today from one of my friends, usually they are forwards of jokes or political issues that require chanting of “Rally around the family! With a pocket full of shells”.. yeah yeah.. I know I just had to quote Rage Against the Machine there. 🙂
Anyway this email dealt with Vanity Fair magazine publishing an opinion piece by Dame Edna, who insulted Hispanics by dismissing the Spanish language and saying that only “The help?” or “Your leaf blower?” will be able to converse with you. This was in response to someone asking if they should learn Spanish as a foreign language.
You can check out the entire email at About.com’s Urban Legends site. Usually when I go to the site to check if an email forward is legitimate, I expect to see something along the lines of an email hoax but this one is actually true. So now the Hispanic community is in an uproar demanding an apology from Vanity Fair.
I kind of feel mixed about the whole situation. While I understand how people can be offended and I can certainly empathize as a fellow minority, I feel we all have a right to say what we want as a member of a free society. There are stereotypes out there for everyone including White folks. Yes we have a right to boycott a magazine if we feel it is offensive but to demand an apology is a going a little overboard in my opinion. Dame Edna is a satirical character and yes the humor is a bit on the Archie Bunker side of things but you must admit that the humor is treading the underbelly of what people already are thinking in their minds. This entire sanitized view of political correctness, although ideal is not realistic. I believe in being proud of your heritage but I also believe that stereotypes are part of reality too.
Anyone in their right mind knows about all the accomplishments of Hispanics. They are not just hired help or leaf blowers. Look at Jennifer Lopez and countless other celebrities who are doing great things as Hispanics. Our own humble Dave here has this awesome site and has taught me everything I know about HTML. Personally I wouldn’t pay any mind to such comedic drivel. However, it’s up to each individual out there to sift through the information themselves and formulate their own opinions. I guess my political views lie straight in the middle. I can see both sides and it’s hard to say that one side is better than the other.