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Freddy Woo writes: "I once worked on an animation to help highlight the issues homeless people face in winter. The client was happy with the work, then a note came back that the ethnic mix of the characters were wrong. These were cartoon characters. They weren't meant to be ethnically anything, but we were forced to make one of them brown, at the cost of about 10k to the charity. This is how your donations are spent. Wisely as you can see."

How has PC affected you? (Please add your own tales - not five-year-old news stories cut-and-pasted from other websites)

(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 10:20)
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I like the minimalist look,
so my living room has pale walls and contains mostly white furniture.

I was sitting on the sofa, whiling away a dreamy summer afternoon with my (mixed-race South African) girlfriend, when the conversation went like this:

She: [looking round at the contents of the room] You quite like white, don't you?

Me: [struggling to keep a straight face] Yes. I feel that that white is a superior colour.

She: Mm.

(5 minutes of dreamy nothingness pass)

She: What!?
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 19:16, 3 replies)
Managed something similar
My car has black leather seats. It's one of the reasons why I bought it. They're dead comfy.

My mother came to stay with me for the night, so that me and Pink Goddess could go out.

First stop - collecting Pink Goddess from work. As we walk towards the car, she says "Where's your Mom?"

With a smile of triumph, I said "In the front of the car. Is this coz she is black?" We laughed.

Next stop, collecting Demigod. His mother says "Thought your Mom was coming over. Where is she?"

Could I do twice? I surely could! "In the front of the car," I said, again. "Is this cos she is black?"

The superbly filthy look I got from little one's mother warmed my heart for *weeks* :)
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 19:38, closed)
I have a habit of referring to inanimate objects as 'bastard' when they aren't co-operating. Coffee too hot? "Bastard!" Sprouts won't boil fast enough, "For fuck's sake, you little green bastards!" Computer crashes? "You electric bastard!"

Working in the back of the shop one day, I was struggling to tie up a bin-bag, and told it it was a black bastard. I immediately realised the implication of what I just said and was grateful no-one overheard who was in a position to misconstrue.
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 20:53, closed)
We have a friend
who responds to the start of every ethnic joke with "But my mother is black, gay, Thai, crippled", etc.
(, Thu 22 Nov 2007, 22:31, closed)

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