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    You want food? You look Biafran.

    While watching the movie Animal Kingdom, this line came up:

    You want food? You look Biafran.
    I'm assuming that that the person means that the person she's talking to looks very thin and hasn't eaten much lately. Am I right?

    If so, does anyone else agree that this is usage, outside of a movie, would be considered.. well...kind of offensive? I've never heard anyone use a particular country as an adjective to refer to a quality that is connected to that country. I feel like it's not exactly right to invoke a stereotype, particulary this one.

    Does anyone else agree, or am I way off?

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    Re: You want food? You look Biafran.

    Your interpretation is correct.

    Offensive? Rather old-fashioned. The Biafran crisis was forty or more years ago.

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    Re: You want food? You look Biafran.

    You're right in both your understanding and that these days that would normally be considered distinctly un-PC.

    It's not the first example I've heard though. In the late 80s and throughout the 90s, I heard people referring to extremely thin people as "Ethiopian".

    In South Park, the satirical cartoon show, there was an entire episode based around a character called "Starvin' Marvin, the Ethipopian (sic)" - admittedly, in the cartoon, he was actually meant to be an Ethiopian national but the character was clearly intended as a stereotype of any African race which was enduring a famine.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: You want food? You look Biafran.

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    Offensive? Rather old-fashioned. The Biafran crisis was forty or more years ago.
    Perhaps "offensive" is too strong of a word, so in retrospect I would say that it's politically incorrect (as emsr2d2 has said).
    The only settings in which I find stereotypes appropriate, are comedic/satiric/humourous ones, such as those in South Park (which I think is a great show).

    Thank you for your responses.

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    Re: You want food? You look Biafran.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    Perhaps "offensive" is too strong of a word, so in retrospect I would say that it's politically incorrect (as emsr2d2 has said).
    I find somrthing that makes a joke of hundreds of thousands of people starving to death very offensive.
    Last edited by 5jj; 04-Jul-2012 at 09:09.

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