Archive for May 4th, 2011

Give Us a Stereotype We Can’t Refuse

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

“It’s a-me, Mario!”

Mario is a fictional character in an ongoing video game series.  He was created by nip designer, Shigero Miyamoto, and is the mascot for Nintendo.  You can tell Mario is Italian by his big mustache, lousy accent, using his hands a lot, being short, and the fact he’s in the construction trades.  Basically the orientals think he’s a low-grade Italian and reserve high-grade characters for video games about the Mafia.

Stereotypes really don’t bother me much because educated people know they’re pretty lame.  American sociologists tell us Italians and Irish are bothered least by depictions of their ethnicity. Although we were discriminated against at one time, we are now “accepted” in this country.

Smarter people know most Italians don’t fit the stereo – just like most Chinamen don’t eat sushi.  Or is the Japs who eat sushi?  Oh well, Chinese, Japanese – minghia! – what the hell’s the difference?

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