I have to call you out on the false accusation there: “ Obviously you are one of these white frat guys who thinks the sexualisation of Asian women is hilarious.” That’s unfair: I agreed with you that Mesohawni was offensive, I just thought the rest of the restaurant names were examples of going looking for offense and finding it. I should add that I read a reply to your article prior to reading yours, and that primed my response to yours.

I should add that in Multicultural Australia where 1 in 4 residents was born in another culture, we use humour to defuse racism. Italians, Greeks and Lebanese arriving in White Australia in the 1960’s and 70’s were called Wogs, which most people would say was a racist epithet. Or at least it was until Italians, Greeks and Lebanese began using it themselves and joking about it. Now there’s a Wog Pride streak in Aussie humour that is very popular in stand-up comedy, pioneered by Nick Giannopoulos and other stand-up comedians, which has taken any possible hurt out of the word. I think that is a better approach than getting all shrill and outraged every time someone says something “inappropriate”.

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