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    • veluriel

      Um, there’s a difference between people “getting offended” and pointing out obvious bias with an intent to expose the bias of the test takers. I understand what the attempted point was — that we judge people based on their physical appearances and/or their names to decide whether or not we think they’re immigrants. And that’s neither fair nor true. But it’s not “offense” to point out that this quiz seemingly makes all of the most “foreign sounding” names the correct ones. That the structure of the quiz follows a distinct pattern and that multiple people noticed that pattern does not make us offended so much as observant. I’m certainly not offended, but I did notice it. Look, it would have made more sense to have a mixture of ethnicities rather than putting all of the “non-white with more foreign sounding names” as the correct answer. It would have also made sense to use people of the same level of fame. I didn’t even know who Nnamdi Asomugha was (apparently football? ESPN? Thanks, Google) but I knew that Charlize Theron was from South Africa. Because she’s, you know, actually famous to the majority of people. I would also like to add that people aren’t saying “That’s racist!” so much as saying “There’s an obvious bias here.” Point: looking at the BuzzFeed comments, (I have the FB ones hidden so I can’t speak about those) the word “racist” is used more frequently by people claiming that “it’s not racist” than the people pointing out that there’s an obvious bias in the questions. It’s true. Go down and read them. Just like people need to stop getting so easily offended, you don’t get to write people off as overreacting with “offense” just because they point out an obvious bias.

      Note: I’m also not sure that using the word “immigrant” is the best choice. What makes someone an immigrant, anyway? Do you have to actually live in this country? Or just work in it? A better way to do it would have been to ask “Which one of these celebrities is a natural born U.S. citizen?” Then there wouldn’t be any grey area.

    • veluriel

      I’m kind of wondering if anyone commenting actually read the piece in entirety? I mean, it’s basically about someone who acknowledges that they have prejudices and is trying to find ways to get past them. She repeatedly states that she’s judgmental, but she isn’t bragging about it. She knows it’s a fault. I mean, just look at the closing statement: “I promised to join them at her next birthday party. Perhaps this time, I’ll be less judgmental too. We all judge people on their appearances, no matter how much we try not to. Snap judgments often make us feel guilty, because we know it’s unfair to the human being we’re looking at. But we do it anyway, and when we’re conscious of it, we can actually modify our behavior and remind ourselves not to let that first impression be the only one. tl;dr
      Clearly some people thought this whole piece was a tl;dr.

    • veluriel

      Pixar didn’t make Frozen. Walt Disney Animation Studios did, in the same style as “Tangled.” Although Disney acquired Pixar Studios, not all Disney 3D animated features are done by Pixar. Essentially Pixar still does their own thing but is just owned by Disney. This is not unlike Disney acquiring Marvel but leaving Marvel Studios to do what they do (MCU). The last Pixar produced film is “Monsters University” (2013) and this film (Inside Out) is the next. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Pixar_films) So I don’t see why you’re going off about a movie that Pixar didn’t even do.

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