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you’re fucking kidding me right?

Monday. 12. 15. 2008.

I found this comic strip in the paper today.

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It’s in Swedish but here’s what it says.

“Min granne passar min hund över helgen. Jag hoppas han har det bra.”
(My neighbour is looking after my dog over the holidays. I hope he is ok.)

“Var inte orolig, han har det säkert jättebra.”
(Don’t be worried, he’ll be for sure good.)

“Ja, min granne verkar ju gilla hundar. Han sa att hans släkt kommer att tycker om hunden.”
(Yes, my neighbour seems to like dogs. He said that his relative is going to like the dog.)

“Hans släkt?”
(His relative?)

“Ja, dom var tydligen på besök från Kina.”
(Yes, they were apparently visiting from China.)

“Vi fick den glatis!”
(We got it for free! [The word is “gratis” but because the Chinese has a tendency to pronounce “r” as “l”])

I don’t see any humor in this strip what so ever. Yes, I am aware that there are Chinese people who eat dogs but they’re a minority in China.

A culture should not be condemned mocked by the actions of a few individuals.

I’m assuming that many of you will agree with that sentence.

We don’t assume that every German is a nazi. Not every American is a redneck. Not every Arab is a terrorist.

It is the stereotype that all Chinese people eat dogs that prompt people to ask me if I eat dogs for dinner. No, I do not eat dogs. (I will admit that I have tried dog once but I was very young.) In fact, I like dogs, ALIVE AND WELL.

Do I ask my Swedish neighboursif they will plunder and burn my flat because of their Viking heritage? Do I ask my friends from Africa if they’re cannibals?

I’m absolutely outraged by this strip. To top it all off, what the hell is up with the “glatis”? Yes I am aware of the fact that there are many Chinese people who pronounce their “r” as “l”. I’d like to see some of you speak Chinese and have a perfect pronounciation.

I plan on writing a letter of outrage to the editors of the newspaper that published this. I hope that some of you can also do the same because if we tolerate shit like this, where do we draw the line?

Chef Editor of City: Mikael Nestius (mikael.nestius@city.se)

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