Fri, 22 Nov 2002 22:19:57 -0800 (PST)
Of course Chris is right, mindless mob violence is not
an appropriate or civilized response for ANYTHING, but
knowing that a culture will react SO VERY strongly
(and to our minds QUITE irrationally) to such things,
it is GROOISH to behave in such an insensitive manner.
Personally, I think this is one case where "The Show
Must Go On" is, in a word, STUPID.
Of course, this is only addressing the pageant itself.
The newspaper that actually incited the riot with it's
oh-so-witty comment DID actually print 3 apologies.
Somehow, I don't think "I'm sorry we insulted your god
and religion" cuts it, though. So while it was foolish
to choose Nigeria for the pageant to begin with, it
only became dangerously so after the newpaper remark.
Sometimes you stand up for what you believe in, and
sometimes you say "Ya know, it would be unwise and
dangerous to continue upon this course of action." By
continuing with the pageant, they're putting their
lives and the lives of many innocents at risk by
continuing plans to stage A FREAKING BEAUTY PAGEANT in
a country where a great many of its citizens are
ENRAGED BEYOND REASON by content they find offensive.
Do WE THINK they should feel offended? Doesn't matter,
we don't live there...
--- Chris Schechner <email@example.com> wrote:
> You're correct in saying they Grooed and shouldn't
> have assumed the
> Nigerians would agree with their values. But I hope
> you weren't
> saying that the ensuing riots, the brutal murder of
> bystanders and the destruction of Christian churches
> was an
> appropriate response. That's not Grooing, it's
> barbaric and criminal.
-Larry "Mr. Grooism" Steller
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