Be assured, I am not out to offend anyone, least of all my American blog friends. This is purely observational. But isn't there always a but?
Last year's Red Faces episode. I don't think too many Australian's took offence. I don't think too many recent black immigrants thought that any of it applied to them. I don't think too many Blackfellas would have thought it applied to them. It possibly could have been very offensive to any black person from the US who was here in Australia. Black people from the US who are Australian residents might number .0005%. Sorry if we offended you, but it is our culture and we meant nothing by it.
We in Australia have heard of schools not celebrating christmas because it might offend minorities. The evidence of this is very thin on the ground. We all celebrate christmas in Australia. Christian, Buddhist, Moslem, Hindu et al. I am the least religious person you might come across, but even I celebrate christmas. It is our culture and probably for most people, not really a religious thing. Think of it as the fourth of July or something. Families gather and eat too much and give gifts. It is an Australian thing and if some people with strong religious feelings refuse to participate, then it will be their children who get on board when they grow up.
I kind of thought it was similar in the US, but no. I am absolutely astonished that people in the US really do say Happy Holidays. People of the US clearly view christmas as a Christian religious celebration. Every one is celebrating the same event but instead of calling it christmas, they call it holidays. Given it is winter in the US, does anyone really have holidays when the snow is falling?
And the there is the latest botheration. That is, an ad for Kentucky Fried Chicken. R told me a good while ago that I must be more modern and call it KFC. I have memories of when it was Kentucky Fried Chicken/Rabbit. KFC it is then. Jayne has written quite eloquently (can writing be eloquent or is it just speech?) about the matter so I shall just rant.
I saw the ad the other night. I laughed. I thought it was amusing. Did I think it was having a go at black Americans? No, furtherest thought from my mind. It was just about cricket and the KFC product and our connection through cricket with England, South Africa, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and the West Indies. Nowt to do with black Americans.
I will rather have egg on my face if you tell me that this was an Australian ad that was to be screened in the US also, but I don't think so.
Australia is our country. We are similar to the US in many ways, but we are not the US. Our values and humour do differ. Gawd, at least there was some legal basis to us bowing to British Imperialism. That we bow to American cultural imperialism appalls me.
And fifty bucks to me from KFC, thanks. Your publicity machine did great and I have furthered your work.