There’s a Dutch talent show called “Holland’s Got Talent.” A better title would be, “These Judges are Racist A-holes.”
A contestant of Chinese descent came on to sing “La donna è mobile.” When he says his name is Xiao Wang, the female judge says, “Oh, that’s OK.” Yes, because Xiao Wang isn’t a normal name like another one of the judges: Cornelis Willem Heuckeroth.
Speaking of Heuckeroth, he’s the most offensive of the judges, who makes dig after dig at the good natured, but clearly uncomfortable contestant.
Some of his bon mots?
• Which [Verdi] number are you singing. Number 39 with rice?
• He said Xiao’s voice was a surplise.
• Then he added, “Honestly, this is the best Chinese I’ve had in weeks. And it’s not a takeaway.”
• And, in Dutch, Hueckeroth added, “He looks like a waiter from a Chinese restaurant.”
This is after they determined that Xiao looked like a scientist. Like that’s supposed to be a bad thing. Because I’m sure they’re mistaken for Hugh Jackman on a regular basis.
Just this week, my own friends had made disparaging comments about Chinese people being uncivilized for eating dogmeat. (I’m sure they say it about me, too, when I’m not around.)
You know what I think is uncivilized? Making fun of people because they are different from you.
Honest to goodness. This world is a mess.
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