Friday, April 10, 2009

I know I haven't given you a chance to make fun of Texas in a while...

...and I'd like to atone for that. Enter State Rep. Betty Brown. As you've probably heard by now, she's the gal who said Asian American voters should change their names to make them "easier" to pronounce. I know, right? Unf***ingbelievable.

Really the only thing to do at a time like this is go read about it on In the Pink:

As the AP reported last night, Brown said that more generic names would be "easier for Americans to deal with." In these uncertain times, we don’t need another stressor, like trying to figure out how to spell "Chang." In his testimony, Ramey Ko (how the f*ck do you say that?) of the Organization of Chinese Americans told members that people of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean descent can encounter voting problems due to possible differences in their legal names and the common English names used on their driver’s licenses.

Brown asked: "Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese — I understand it’s a rather difficult language — do you think that it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here?" ... Note Brown’s use of "you and your citizens," as in "you and the rest of those Asians." Classic. The Republic of Ko.

Snicker.

2 comments:

  1. Wow, the only thing that would make that story better would be if her name was something eastern european with too many consonants. I mean, I know it's completely not the point (the completely ridiculous, I'm embarrassed for my country point), but Chang? Ko? She's having trouble with those? Seriously?

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  2. Unbelievable - in Texas or any state! This inspired me to leave a comment on her website reminding her that April Fools Day has already passed. Except in her case it's EVERY day.

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