Bugger off Love, seriously, bugger off

British Iranian Banafsheh Hay was stirred to write directly to Sainsbury’s chief executive, Mike Coupe, asking for an apology, and she remains angered by the lack of care taken. “To treat Iranian and Indian cuisines as virtually indistinguishable, despite knowing in reality they are very different, in order to save their readers the effort to learn about a new Iranian cuisine which the magazine wants to promote on its front cover smacks of lazy, casual racism and is abhorrent,” she told the Observer.

It’s not abhorrent and it’s not racism either. It’s not even that ahistorical, the Persian influence upon Indian cuisine was rather large what with the Mughals and all that – yes, Turkic themselves, but the ruling culture was heavily Persian.

Seriously, let’s preserve “racism” for the description of those who shout fuck off you black bastards and use “not a very good recipe” for things which are not a very good recipe. Accuracy in language being one of these things which aids us in communicating with each other.

23 comments on “Bugger off Love, seriously, bugger off

  1. Its actually good, all this sort of shit. It basically makes the words racist and racism into a bland form of approbation that means ‘I don’t like this’. The more the usual suspects shout racist at people for perfectly normal and innocent behaviour, the more they devalue their weapon. Its got to the point now where its a joke – rather in the same way people laugh at Daily Mail articles about something causing cancer, the Left calling people racists is as predictable and as easy to make fun of.

  2. Jim – among other things, “racism” means being endlessly hectored by ungrateful, uninvited foreigners about how we’re not showing enough deference to the unique and vibrant shithole countries they fled from and have no intention of voluntarily going back to. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    I also liked President Trump’s definition though: “racism” is what the Left cries whenever a [conservative] is winning.

  3. ’…write directly to Sainsbury’s chief executive, Mike Coupe, asking for an apology..’

    What would nip this in the bud would be for the response to be ‘No’.

  4. ““racism” means being endlessly hectored by ungrateful, uninvited foreigners about how we’re not showing enough deference to the unique and vibrant shithole countries they fled from and have no intention of voluntarily going back to”

    And that doesn’t go unnoticed either. The more people act like this stupid cow the more the natives will harden their thoughts about who should or should not be allowed in the country.

  5. “Indian cuisine”? What Indian cuisine? There isn’t one. There’s several. Few of which bear any resemblance to the vile cuisine served in “Indian” restaurants, usually cooked by Bangladeshis or Pakistanis, and so beloved by drunk Brits.

    Incidentally, I have a Persian friend. Persian. Not Iranian. He hates being called Iranian. He’s a Persian from Persia. He regards Iran as being some other country, with a mad mullah infestation. He’s a Persian with several thousand years of Persian culture behind him. Not some goatherd from the back end of nowhere.

  6. BiS
    I used to work with a couple of Persians whose conversation always left me feeling I was wearing a coat of blue Dulux and smelling of pig shit. Urbane wasn’t in it. They tried to explain to me how they needed secret nightclubs because of jihadis but it was the 80s and I had no idea what they were talking about. I do now.

  7. BTW, in my book rascism is hanging black blokes from a tree and setting light to them. Anything else is free speach.

  8. I once had a girlfriend who is US-Iranian.
    She stopped talking to me when I said that Iran is run by maniacs for whom blowing up the world was a small price for destroying Israel.
    She’s not even a Muslim !

  9. Race is an entirely imaginary construct that we should stop talking about because it causes oppression.

    But you must take great care to distinguish my race from a another numerically distinct race in everything you say, otherwise you cause oppression.

    Same people.

  10. ‘Racist’ is just another lazy ‘cover-all’ word, used by lefties.

    The correct term is ‘Racialist’, and you’d have thought that the boring groaniad and the vile bbc would have understood that by now!

  11. Yes, Roué le Jour. Know what you mean. I expect my friend would regard Banafsheh Hay as what happens when you don’t beat your house slaves regularly enough.

  12. Why apologise? Stupid mistake, just giving the stunt more oxygen. No-one will boycott Sainsbury’s over this, as the only people who care would die in a ditch before shopping there anyway.

    Just say “No comment”, shrug. Sooner or later they’ll fuck off and harass someone else with imaginary grievances.

  13. “And that doesn’t go unnoticed either. The more people act like this stupid cow the more the natives will harden their thoughts about who should or should not be allowed in the country.”

    And that the institutions and organisations that have the clout to tell them to fuck off don’t and just instantly apologise isn’t helping either.

    Every time I see a company apologise for any offence to some stick-up-their-arse member of a minority, I think less of them. I want to shop less at that store. I’m not saying I’ll boycott them or stand outside with placards. But when it’s A vs B and there’s not much in it on product and service, it’s the little things. Like, there’s a pretty girl on the tills at the local Waitrose (+) or that Tesco has posters of that fascist cunt Jamie Oliver (-) or that the Co-op funds the Labour Party (-).

    I often wonder if businesses ever see these things in the big picture. Like they do this and get the few thousand hippies at the Guardian off their case, but what’s the net effect on the millions of normal people?

  14. I could accept that the article describes racism, if others could accept that surprisingly little racism leads to segregation, lynchings, and concentration camps.

    Yes, there’s definitely types of racism that lead to those things, but not the “I don’t know the difference between two styles of foreign cuisine” type.

  15. “…rascism is hanging black blokes from a tree and setting light to them.”

    Nah, that’s called street lighting.

  16. HDVN

    Compare:

    Women are completely equal to – and substitutable for – men, because gender is a social construct.

    Women are different from men, have special needs and require special treatment because of their biology.

    Same people.

  17. “Bloke no Longer in Austria

    I once had a girlfriend who is US-Iranian.
    She stopped talking to me when I said that Iran is run by maniacs for whom blowing up the world was a small price for destroying Israel.”

    I can see that having a girlfriend that stopped talking would be a nice scenario. But I’m guessing you were not that lucky.

  18. As we’ve noted before – my, the worlds in pretty good shape if this is the sort of thing this class of idiot can find to whine about, and the “newspapers” to comment on….

  19. Hitler clearly missed a trick.

    He could have really turned the screw on the Jews with race misappropriated recipes.

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