S***ks And Specks. Really? Identifying racism in cultural context
Posted 14 September 2011 - 03:51 PM
I'm referring here to iTunes deeming the Spicks and Specks app as too racist to show its title in full. Go on the app store and see for yourself. It reads: S****\ks and Specks.
In the US, the word 'spick' is a derogatory term for Latin Americans.
I'm all for stamping out racial slurs, but if we're looking at language and its connotations within a regional or cultural context, one rule should not apply to all.
There's not an ounce of racism in the word 'spick' here in Australia. More so, the ABC program and its app don't come anywhere close to discrimination, racial or otherwise.
Seems a bit far-fetched of Apple then to go ahead and slap a censored label all over it.
If I didn't know the reasoning behind the amended title, I would have no idea what offensive word was blotted out with a whole bunch of stars to inexplicably read 'S***ks'.
Posted 14 September 2011 - 05:07 PM
Posted 14 September 2011 - 05:31 PM
Tough one to sort out due to the global nature of the Internet but I don't see why they can't change it for the Aussie app store.
Wog is more a UK bad word Dave. I know it means something completely different over here, but if you used that word on the streets of London you're looking to get stabbed While we're on the subject... Coon cheese... Really?! Hahahahaha
Posted 06 November 2011 - 04:47 PM
Great show btw.
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 06:29 PM
At a recent conference I learnt that the first Apple approval is done by bots, but the appeals process is handled by humans (or very highly trained apes if it's lunchtime).
A funny story: Our mates at Macworld US had their app rejected by Apple for copyright infringement, but Apple was forced to back down after IDG produced the original agreement to use the name between their founder and Steve Jobs. As far as I know, it's the only time Steve let anyone use one of his trademarks ...