Sunday, January 02, 2005

White Boy Beats Tsunami (oh, and some Ethnic People die too)

I see dead Brown People

Perhaps it is to be expected. Perhaps the global village never was the kumbaya lovefest we all imagined, but the canonization of Hannes Bergstroem as the "face of the tragedy" is a bit much given the mass of humanity who (a) died and (b) didn't have the luxury of being white. While it is difficult to image a brown face to a tragedy involving non-brown people, perhaps the ability to empathize with those on the other side of the globe (without the "white man's burden") may make the lovefest more of a reality and less of a slogan used solely to sell vacation packages in places that much further from Stockholm.


Blogger Chocolate Martini said...

I thought I was the only one who found the newsmedia´s obsession with this one white child in a sea of brown to be disgusting and infuriating. I´m glad the little boy was reunited with his father, but how can this lilly-white, blond child be the poster for the suffering of the people of south Asia? The way CNN especially focused on this little boy and other White people involved (tourists, mainly), truely angered me.

11:47 PM  
Blogger sokari said...

I left London on the 1st January so cannot say how the media played this one but here in Spain his picture has been absent from TV reports. What do we expect form the white media - as for the lovefest - that was always to do with the white self and not the "other" except as some exotic being to be worshipped as sexual object. Will be posting an article by from the "pan-african postcard" later today in which he raises this point.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Jessi said...

It's always that way...I call it JonBenet syndrome.

5:58 PM  
Blogger Ennis said...

Check out the following commentary by Secret Asian Man:
[it wouldn't let me use HTML in my comment, so I couldn't make the cartoon autoload]

10:48 PM  
Blogger Sanly said...

Get a life. Be glad he's safe, not that he's white or brown or green for that matter. For God Sake! Do you people have nothing better to complain about? All of these dead people and all the families that have lost loved ones and you are focused on a "lilly,white boy". Give me a break!

11:01 AM  
Blogger crossfader72 said...

i'm sorry sanly. my records seem to indicated that your search that lead you to my site was "blond boy from tsunami." i guess i see where your interests lay. maybe next year you'll search for the non-blonds.

11:10 AM  
Blogger Sanly said...

Actually I was looking for the 10ish year old boy that was holding the sign up. I wanted to see if he ever found his parents. I happened across your ridiculous site.

12:13 PM  
Blogger crossfader72 said...

that's good. glad your concern is able to encompass small white boys and white ten yearolds. your love knows no bounds.

12:25 PM  

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