Thursday, September 23, 2004

Much Ado about Nothing

I wanted to avoid this issue because I seem not to be thinking like most of the other bloggers. Goats is the issue and bias is its related friend.
Goat fanciers turned out in force to admire and bid for beautiful goats showing off on the catwalk at a weekend festival and auction of Al-Shami goats in Riyadh.

They came from all over the Gulf. Abdullah Al-Asaker, from Kuwait, said the Al-Shami breed of goat was introduced to Kuwait from Saudi Arabia. He estimated the investment in Al-Shami goat breed at more than SR20 million.
Thirty goats were selected according to age and gender. Abdul Aziz Al-Khalaf, one of the five judges for the “Most Beautiful Goat” competition, explained that the winners are chosen on the basis of a combination of factors and overall appearance, not simply by their color. Particular points taken into consideration are the head, nose, mouth, ears, breast and eyes. The most important factor is the size of the head and the whiteness of the eye.LINK
Several blogs seem to be sitting back and laughing their ass off at a simple Goat show that has occurred in Saudi Arabia. "They had a “Most Beautiful Goat” category. They need to get out of the sun" or worse is the murmuring I hear
Only one problem. The whole thing bothers me. Mainly because it smells of racism. And damned if I will sit back and be quite.

I was directed to this find at Little Green Football. I am familiar with LGF. I used to go by there for a few months late last year but found it was not to my taste. I now remember why. Here is the first five comments under his "goat" post
Just when you think you've seen it all, the Islamic world one-ups you.

They were picking out their next sexual conquest...

Well, if they prefer goats over Stephanie Seymour or Claudia Schiffer, who are we to deny them their simple pleasures?


These people do not even see how they parody themselves. How funny.
I am not surprised at the subtle and obvious racist tones on the LGF comments. Yes there were some who objected to the randy comments, but the rest seemed to enjoy it.
Lets give some other examples of racist wordage
Honey. Lookie at that negro eating that fried chicken, You know they sure do like that.
Honey. Lookie at that chinaman eating that rice, You know they sure do like that.
Honey. Lookie at that Mexican eating that burrito, You know they sure do like that.

Now I just made up these last ones. You probably have heard versions of them sometimes in your life. Now I hope you would not sit back and let someone say things like that in your own house, then why are you all in the blog world not objecting to this low brow humor in the blog world?

While good old farmboys across the country have goat shows all the time I do not see bloggers making fun of them. Most people would look at the FFA and the 4H as organizations worth respect, then why is it so blog worthy when they have a simple goat show in Saudi Arabia?

So I may have pissed of some people out there, and if I did I'm not sorry. But racism is racism.

This post has been changed some because I misread what one other blogger meant to say. It has been edited and an apology to the blogger in question has been sent to him.

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