영어 Hint of the Day #37: Be Careful or Else….
Speaking About Sensitive Topics Should Probably Be Avoided
In English speaking countries, there are different cultural values, which is natural. The history of the people is entirely different, so the values would, of course, be different. However, in the US, in particular, discrimination based on some these issues (age and gender) is illegal. Speaking about sensitive topics rudely will get you in a lot of trouble, and quickly. The Seoul Gyopo Guide has pointed out how unacceptable it was for Korean newspapers to publish headlines which translate to “Japan Sinking.”
In the US, a famous comedian, Gilbert Gottfried, posted some very unfunny jokes about the plight of the Japanese people. His punishment? Fired on the spot.
In this video, a UCLA student ranted about Asians on campus. Apparently, she meant it as a joke.
Well, the audience didn’t see it that way. Despite her right to free speech, the student dis-enrolled from UCLA entirely. While we cannot be sure, it isn’t difficult to suggest that these comments were received…unkindly.
What may be funny to you, may not be funny to others. When you are speaking with those who may not share the same point of reference, it is probably best to avoid certain topics altogether, unless you are an expert in both the topic and in English.