steelerfan513 wrote:So apparently there was no racist intent. Still, you'd think someone would notice that this could be insulting the country hosting the Olympics they're competing in?
That's because it probably wasn't even all that insulting to them, because the rest of the world doesn't publicly try to appear to be some fake, overly sensitive, super politically correct group that will publicly derail something they don't actually believe deep down like we do in America.
Seriously, they were goofing around, the same way most people here probably do within their group of friends. Get over it. I doubt that a single one of them actually believe anything racist about the chinese. We live in a place where people go on and on about family values in the public eye and turn around and hire a hooker the very same night. I wouldn't be surprised if it's the same way with stuff like this, where many of people that berate anything and everything that has to do with race and scream "OMG OMG THAT'S RACIST!!!!!111" every time something not racist, but involving culture or race comes up are the ones that deep down have more of a problem with it.
I'm jewish, so guess what comes up in my group of friends anytime someone uses a coupon at a restaurant or when we're playing a game online and I pick up a bag of money? Big deal, it's a joke, and it's funny. Who cares? As knapp mentioned, this is all the same stuff that we all laugh about on South Park or Family Guy. It's funny, because it's a joke.
Or, in the immortal words of Heath Ledger: Why so serious?
The funny thing is, most of it comes from non-Asian Americans.
I've yet to see a strong protest from either Asian-American groups or Asian countries. I don't think even China has even said anything strongly about the ad.
That's typically how it works. It's not the minority that a joke was about that usually takes offense to it, it's the unrelated populace that like to pretend they're more culturally accepting and diverse than they really are that pretend to take offense.