Thursday, September 14, 2006

Dept of Hypocrisy

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard that the new season of Survivor that begins tonight uses race (black, white, Latin, Asian) for the initial division into tribes. As you would expect, this has caused a lot of self-righteous hand wringing, and as you would further expect much of it has been hilarious.

My favorite was this AP passage [emphasis mine]:

"The idea of having a battle of the races is preposterous," [New York] City Councilman John Liu said Thursday. "How could anybody be so desperate for ratings?" . . .

Liu, who is Asian-American, said he was launching a campaign urging CBS to pull the show because it could encourage racial division and promote negative typecasts. He and a coalition of officials, including the council's black, Latino and Asian caucus, planned to rally at City Hall on Friday.

So, let me get this straight. Liu plans to protest the grouping of individuals based on race by attending a rally as a member of an organization that...groups individuals based on race. Genius!

Perhaps afterward they can protest their own existence.

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