Originally posted by RBHILL
That's weird, Maybe he was ugly? Maybe she knew where his lips have been?
I was there. About everyone knew that this white woman was just trying
to excuse her racial prejudice. Her kind of prejudice is considered widely,
if not usually, acceptable; she would have been treated more adversely if
she had shown similar prejudice against a black man. Given that she's
prejudiced against *only* a (heavily stereotyped) Asian man, people like
RBHill seem quick to come up with rationalizations excusing her prejudice.
Racial prejudice is very common against men of East Asian heritage,
particularly in the context of any physical intimacies with white women.
In Hollywood films, East Asian men tend to be shown, if they are at all,
as extremely narrow, factually inaccurate, often demeaning stereotypes.
With rare exceptions at most (such as in a biopic of Bruce Lee, who really
was married to a white woman), East Asian men are never shown as
physically (how many East Asian male models are there in the West?) or
sexually attractive at all, particularly for white women.
In Hollywood today, the ultimate taboo interracial heterosexual relationship
is *not* between a white woman and a black man, it's between a white
woman and an East Asian man. I have done some research on this issue,
and I can think of some rare exceptions at most.
The 2001 Hollywood film 'Kiss of the Dragon' starred Jet Li and Bridget Fonda.
Contrary to the normal conventions that apply when the hero has saved
the heroine's life, Jet Li and Bridget Fonda don't kiss or share any physical
intimacy in the film. (If the roles had been racially reversed, the white hero
certainly would have kissed and likely have been shown sleeping with the
East Asian heroine whom he had rescued.) Reportedly, an alternative ending
had been shot in which Jet Li does give a (chaste) kiss to Bridget Fonda.
This ending was shown to (generally white) American focus groups, who
responded in an overwhelmingly negative way. Apparently, most white
Americans in the focus groups regarded an East Asian man kissing a white
American woman at all as unwelcome, offensive, or simply disgusting.