08 February 2007

RK House - No Pork

I caught this Youtube clip* before I left for the US when I returned, I realised that everybody is now talking about this nonstop. Somehow, this fiasco exploded while I was gone.

It seems most of everybody got on their moral high horse and start condeming the pair's insensitivity to other races as well as other religion. Seriously, I felt that everybody missed the point in the whole thing which I will address later.

Lexandria claimed that this clip was scripted and as such, it wasn't really a real-life event i.e. it was staged. Still, for the sake of this particular entry, I am going to assume that it was.

The humour in the attempted prank per se wasn't about the religious dig of ordering pork in a Indian Muslim stall but rather the prankster's attempted to elicit an animated response, which they thought was hilarious, from the server because he talked "funny".

Not Funny.
Here's my take on the situation. Religious and/or racial disharmony is just secondary to the root of this particular evil. What particularly bugs up my ass is that we have a pair of bigots who is having a good time making a mockery of an innocent man for simply doing his job.

Yes, a server's job may not be as glamourous nor high paying as a Private Investment Banker for example, but that does not give anyone the right to look down on him/her. The server is a person in flesh just like you and I and to me, it is an honest way of making a living that deserves our respect.

The fundamental basis of respecting a fellow human being is of utmost importance. Race, language and/or religion is secondary.

Season 9, Episode 11 (The Faux Pas) of Everybody Loves Raymond was addressing the same issue when Raymond blurted out to this children to just throw the peanut shells on the floor because "cleaning up is what the janitors are paid to do anyway".

Sounds familiar? It's the same as us not cleaning up after ourselves at the food courts because "that's what the cleaners are paid to do in the first place".

I think it would be pretty double standards when we cry out against the "Elites" for treating us "peasants" like second-class citizens when we ourselves, are doing the exact same thing unto others.

What? Suddenly our society now have a First, Business and Economy class?

* I will not provide a link to this particular Youtube link and that would attract more hits to it. Do you own search if you like.

- Voxeros

1. Everton left...
Thursday, 8 February 2007 11:26 am
I always take time to talk to the janitors, food servers and grounds keepers at my university. Some professors think they are better than other people because they have PhD or MD degrees. Shame on them. We are all equal in the eyes of God.

2. akk left...
Thursday, 8 February 2007 2:00 pm
religion or not, it's the basics of human nature. animals don't do such things. if you can think, then you can think awry.

3. JayWalk left... Everton: I will touch on this topic in a later post. Stay tuned.

Akk: Just when we are created to be a higher being than the rest of the animals, somehow our shameful behavior render ourselves unworthy of this privilege.

4. milktea left...
Saturday, 10 February 2007 8:48 am :: http://headscratch.motime.cim
I saw that video and I didn't think it was funny. I don't enjoy humor elicited at other peoples' expense.

5. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 10 February 2007 10:57 am :: 
Milktea: It was really painful to listen to. I will talk about this in my next entry.

6. Zhe Bin left...
Saturday, 10 February 2007 5:29 pm
I once got into a really heated argument with someone who played with his food and made a mess out of the table. And the reason why I got that angry was because the cleaner was an old auntie. Was damn tulan.

7. Gary left...
Monday, 12 February 2007 12:26 am
i doubt it was scripted.. at the end of the audio, they run away when they asking for the special curry..

8. JayWalk left...
Monday, 12 February 2007 10:34 am ::
ZheBin: About that incident, were you a patron or a staff? If it was the latter, did you get into trouble with management?

Gary: It didn't sound scripted to me either but Lex said so.

9. Gary left...
Wednesday, 14 February 2007 1:14 am
 erm, can i know how in a way is it scripted?? haha.. very curious to know..

10. fred left...
Monday, 12 March 2007 9:45 pm
u dun hav to feel sad about anything at all. anyone i bit smart will know this clip, this conversation is purposely made out to get a laugh from you. u really dun hav to mad about it, even though u dun find it funny. one logic thinking, no one will be such foolish to giv such response to such a dull food order. the indian know what he is doing. he is trying to made everyone laugh. and i think he's done it well enough. that's wat you should concern.

11. JayWalk left...
Monday, 12 March 2007 10:45 pm :
Fred: Welcome to the blog. Come to think of it, you have a very valid (logical, if I may add) point there. The Indian server should not be that stupid to not recognise that the two perpetrators were out to jee siao him.

Still, I feel that it is wrong to prank somebody while the the latter is just trying to make a living. There are a lot of alternative ways to get a laugh.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Aiya. So sensitive then dont dont listen la. Not so hard what? Its scripted and y'all need to get over yourselves