söndag 19 juli 2015

Ord & Bild och vår tids beröringsångest

Detta skrev jag till en redaktion för ett nytt tidskriftsnummer. Ingen reaktion. Jag citerar mitt brev här eftersom det berör en väldigt central problematik i våra dagar.
     Till red för Ord & Bild: "Ibland blir det faktiskt bara jönsigt när ni försöker vara så "korrekta" att det gränsar till det osannolika. Läser nya numret av O&B och retar mig på en del småfel ('jag tar här bort exemplet'), mer dock på sådana dumheter som på sid 6. Man kan inte göra om en faktisk titel bara för att man har beröringsångest när det gäller vissa ord. Sigge Strömbergs bok hette Mannen som ville bli neger (och den kom inte ut 1922 utan redan 1915!) och om vår tid fått fnatt när det gäller vissa ord så kan man ju av det skälet inte ändra fakta! Jag fasar för vad ni skulle ställa till med om ni skulle göra ett nummer om den kinesiska Han-kulturen...!"
     Vi håller på att hamna i samma situation som i USA efter kriget (enligt Hayakawa) när man inte fick nämna ordet Lenin - och man fick problem med kartorna över Sovjetunionen... Vi måste sätta stopp för idiotin innan det går för långt.
     Det finns verkligare problem att ta tag i!

3 kommentarer:

  1. Instämmer helhjärtat. Det är förolämpande mot dem det gäller. Chokladboll låter så fånigt.

    Kerstin G

  2. Fick just ögonen på den här artikeln


    Kerstin G

  3. Here is an e-mail sent to Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune after an article he published concerning a name change for the Washington Redskins.

    Dear Mr. Page:

    I agree with our Native American population.
    I am highly insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins.
    One might argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as fine warriors, but nay, nay. We must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward.

    Let's ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians.
    If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns.

    The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of militant Blacks from the 60's alive.
    Gone …… It's offensive to us white folk.

    The New York Yankees offend the Southern population.
    Do you see a team named for the Confederacy? No!
    There is no room for any reference to that tragic war that cost this country so many young men's lives.

    I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among our sports team names.
    Totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres.

    Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged.
    We are talking about the horrible Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates!

    Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children.
    The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible fighting or even spending habits.
    Wrong message to our children.

    The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity, a growing childhood epidemic.
    Wrong message to our children.

    The Cincinnati Reds promote downers/barbiturates.
    Wrong message to our children.

    The Milwaukee Brewers. Well that goes without saying.
    Wrong message to our children.

    So, there you go.
    We need to support any legislation that comes out to rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become involved with this issue, as they should.
    Just the kind of thing the do-nothing Congress loves.

    As a die hard Oregon State fan, my wife and I, with all of this in mind, suggest it might also make some sense to change the name of the Oregon State women's athletic teams to something other than "the Beavers”(especially when they play Southern California. Do we really want the Trojans sticking it to the Beavers???)

    I always love your articles and I generally agree with them.
    As for the Redskins name I would suggest they change the name to the “Foreskins” to better represent their community, paying tribute to the dick heads in Congress.