I said if you’re thinkin’ of being my baby
it don’t matter if you’re black or white
-Michael Jackson, Black or White
I was on a road trip when this song came on, and it reminded me of when I took the dare of submitting myself as the Georgia Straight’s “Single of the Week”. It was pretty easy, really – all you have to do is fill in a questionnaire that they send you with a few random tidbits about yourself, along with a photo of your stunning self. Easy peasy.
Among the questions I answered was one that asked “what is your favorite movie quote?”. Well, if any of you are familiar with the Austin Powers Goldmember movie, it includes Johan van der Smut, aka Goldmember, as the primary antagonist. Anyhoo, there’s a quote in the movie where Austin Powers‘ dad, played by Michael Caine, comments that “There’s only two things I hate in this world. People who are intolerant of other people’s cultures and the Dutch.”.
Now, unless you are completely devoid of humor, OR common sense this quote is funny. I feel obligated to include that it’s funny BECAUSE it’s completely contradictory. And really, what’s not to like about the Dutch?? For the record, I no not dislike the Dutch in any way.
Moving on. Needless to say, the Georgia Straight used this as one of the chosen quotes for my Single of the Week column. As it turns out, there are lot of people who read the Georgia Straight, as well as the Single of the Week who are in fact devoid of humor AND common sense. In hindsight, I suppose the quote taken out of context if you haven’t seen the movie COULD be a bit confusing for some folks who may be sensitive about any negative feelings towards the Dutch. Duly noted.
In any case, a few of the emails I received in response – luckily to an anonymous one that the GS provide – were from people who were quite offended and proclaiming me to be a racist. *rolls eyes*
Really?? C’mon people – have you actually READ the quote?? It’s contradictory and nonsensical. THAT’s why it’s funny.
The true point of the story here, is that in my dating history, I would consider myself to be the UN of Dating. No discrimination here, folks! Instead of a map with pins of where I’ve travelled I should create one that includes all the countries and places of the people I’ve gone on dates with. There have been a LOT of wonderful opportunities to learn about somebody’s else’s background and in some cases – ahem, interesting viewpoints.