Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My, what a pointy nose you have...

Japanese airline ANA has apologized for this commercial.


 (From here.)

 Fun stuff. Big noses are a staple of depictions of westerners in Korea as well.

2 comments:

Ben said...

More of the same by Toshiba in 2013:
http://kotaku.com/toshiba-commercial-called-racist-update-606881529

Ben said...

Article by Debito Arudou explaining why ANA airlines shouldn't be let off the hook for offensive ad http://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2014/01/24/issues/dont-let-ana-off-the-hook-for-that-offensive-ad/

Interesting juxtaposition with the use of cartoons. I recall a similar experiment in empathy done on this blog in 2009:

http://populargusts.blogspot.com/2009/10/dispatches-from-front-lines-of-drug.html

About half way down the page:
https://lh3.ggpht.com/_lxap4y0S1as/SuaklwBhwbI/AAAAAAAAFWw/Pesj-hptGB4/s1600-h/20091024+kyunghyang+cartoon+a.jpg