To all annoyed and even offended by certain posts of mine... April 17, 2001 5:45 AM   Subscribe

Apologies to all annoyed and even offended by certain posts of mine which, apparently, have been too ripe for certain people to take into the realm of bad taste. The filter on that kind of thing has been turned up.
posted by ParisParamus to Etiquette/Policy at 5:45 AM (11 comments total)

I knew I should have booted up last night, wha'd I miss?
posted by thirteen at 7:51 AM on April 17, 2001

My question exactly, though I could see how earlier posts could have offended.

In any case, pleasure to meet ya Paris; I hope that more folks would remember to turn up their personal filters.
posted by Avogadro at 7:55 AM on April 17, 2001

Just for the record: I, as a Chinese-American, didn't take any offense at the thread ParisParamus started last night.
posted by gyc at 11:40 AM on April 17, 2001

read before you think
think before you write
think before you post.

that's all you need to know.
posted by holgate at 12:42 PM on April 17, 2001

the original post was borderline... making fun of an asian name + he happened to be a dead guy, but the followup comments got steadily worse, so I axed it. No biggie, just not the type of comedy I find amusing.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:25 PM on April 17, 2001

...and if any filters have been turned up, it's because of the brill's coverage. I'd like the site to be as good as the one Austin described, so if something isn't looking up to snuff it'll get axed.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:27 PM on April 17, 2001

Actually, I was referring to my own personal filter on things which are likely to descend into things I'm embarrassed about. That thread definitely embarrassed me.
posted by ParisParamus at 4:05 PM on April 17, 2001

P.S. the name wasn't being made fun of; and certainly not because it was Asian; it was simply a name, which which resembled a phrase, which was ironic.
posted by ParisParamus at 4:30 PM on April 17, 2001

For sure, the thread was borderline and spent most of its time joking about the (amazing) similarity of the surname Wang (which is pronounced more like Wong btw) and a feature of the male anatomy.

The problem with these kinds of diplomatic disputes is that there is a always potential for blurring the distinction in the popular mind between a nation and its people. Unfortunately, racist sentiments and stereotypes never seem to be far from the surface.

As an Australian, I absolutely have no interest in this row between China and the US but I do have a direct interest in racism. I've watched it raise its head in my country many times during disputes of this kind.

In the long run it raises animosity and reduces understanding. I'd like to see far less of it on Metafilter.

posted by lagado at 5:03 PM on April 17, 2001

Let me rephrase that: I was not making fun of a name, etc.; others clearly were.

I just don't want to be thought of poorly around here.

: >
posted by ParisParamus at 7:15 PM on April 17, 2001

its alright man,

your alright in my mind :)

you made a misjudgement and you took it back, apologized, the whole bit ... your okay in my book.
posted by a11an at 7:32 PM on April 17, 2001

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