Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Right-wing Americans suddenly concerned about offending other cultures

Check this email currently being forwarded furiously in angry-white-person circles. (Hat tip: Wonkette)

You know the wingnuts are just desperate for something to get angry at Obama about. And they are unimpressed with his chillaxing posture, with his feet up on the table in the White House. Correction - OUR table. In OUR White House.

Now of course, if you ask whoever wrote that, the "we" in "our" is "we the people". But anyone who is familiar with dog-whistle politics knows that the "we" here is really "Real Americans" aka "white people."

Which was presumably why there was no similar indignation when George W Bush was photographed doing the exact same thing several years ago.

But my favourite part of the email is:

"While this posture is disrespectful in any culture, it is absolutely never done in an executive setting. Further, in over half the cultures in the world, it is recognised not only as disrespectful, but as an extreme insult."

Because everyone knows that there is no one more sensitive to other people's cultures than the American Right...


  1. Honestly, I had to read your title twice and then blink a few times.

    As for these nuts going after Obama for doing something they apparently okayed with Bush...well, must be Wednesday.

  2. Wow. They're really scraping the bottom of the barrel for stuff to get mad about huh?

  3. I thought it was photoshopped or something. Did he really do that? lol, Obama!

    Sure, we all know what the angry message really meant: "get away from the White House, you n.....! You're not one of us".

    Also, they are not angry because of what he did, or because of the furniture, but because he's treating those white people in the room with- gasp- no respect!

    However, talking about "other cultures" and their customs was just silly, because we all know how much right-winged (or however you call them) Americans care about other cultures.