Turkey Just Made America`s F-U List

Submitted by: fancylad 8 years ago in

Turkish News Anchor Appears in Blackface to Report on President Obama.
There are 133 comments:
Female 2,064
F-U list? Next time I`m bored maybe I`ll write one. xD

It`d be a blank list, though. There goes another stupid idea. *sigh*

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Female 141
*sigh* I know this is more of a cultural difference.
I guess.
Is the Turkish journalist that clueless about how blackface may be perceived by an American audience.
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Male 10
By the way "black face" in "The one who ask has one black face, the one who refuses has two black face" refers to "shame". Not the actual blackness of the skin.
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Male 10
--TRANSLATION---
I cannot translate the whole thing, it is too long. But I will explain why the black face. There is a very famous saying in Turkish: "The one who ask has one black face, the one who refuses has two black face" meaning that Don`t be afraid to ask for things. He is trying to refer to that saying and asks Obama to end terror. He mentions many times He is not racist. Believe me Turkish people are not racist against Black people at all.
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Male 610
haha! wow! that sh*t is racist.
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Male 3
This effects me as Im a white guy from ireland and was going to paint my face black to dress up as "JD quench" from the sprite ads over here for a costume party I have next weekend.

Do people really think I would cause anyone to think it was anything other then for comedic purposes!!!

link for anyone that doesn`t know JD quench:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caL-zU66k...

Personally I think that anyone who finds this offensive is taking it was too seriously and is the root cause of black/white divides.

Baker

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Male 97
dude max normal, you gotta lighten up, youre taking it way too offensively. it was for comedic purposes.
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Male 500
"Anwar, I speak as a Black American and I`m telling you IT`S STUPID. So, I think my opinion should pretty much act as the be all in the equation since it is my people being the target. END OF STORY".

Your argument is slowly becoming persuasive but I am still struggling with the subtler nuances of the concept.

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Male 2,958
je_scream, I don`t really care to get into the issue because, well, I don`t really care.
But being black and a quarter white doesn`t give you reign to just label things as offensive. Just like some other black guy walking around giving white people "permission" to say the n word doesn`t really work either.
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Male 500
Anyone who says that this is not racist or offensive because of cultural differences is an idiot. This man has reduced Obama to nothing but his race and colour, like nothing else about him matters. The fact that the Turkish don`t "White up" when they host a white politician tells you that black has some other meaning for them. You`d be right to be offended if you were American, especially as the USA is actually making an effort to make contact with a middle-eastern country that does not result in piles of rubble and flag burning. Still, coming from a country who`s national sport is rubbing each other in olive oil and then wrestling each other in tight leather shorts.......
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Male 15
actually, he`s speaking in a very respectful way and tells nothing offensive. he tells that he painted his face to be closer to him lol.

btw flash tv is the pootiest tv station in turkey.

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Male 1,064
i heard him say "negro" lulz
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Female 761
injek, you know how ignorant you sound right? Of course this is offensive, for one this is how they portray one of the most important men in the world, I think the president deserves 10 times more respect, and I don`t even like Obama but come on! And of course you equate this with a Dave Chappelle skit...wtf? *face palm* And whoever said Dave Chappelle`s `white face` character wasn`t offensive? Cause I feel it was and I`m a quater white...so now what`s your excuse, Braniac? so shush.
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Male 125
i cant see this being offensive to any race...my opinion. honestly,dave chappelle did his one character,which involved him painting his face white to portray a news anchor,and it was fine. no problem with that right?no of drating course not.
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Female 761
Anwar, I speak as a Black American and I`m telling you IT`S STUPID. So, I think my opinion should pretty much act as the be all in the equation since it is my people being the target. END OF STORY.
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Male 2,076
The fact that Americans find this offensive, is why people don`t like Americans.

I think I`m going to shut up now, as Baalthazaq has demonstrated, Americans don really understand that other cultures exist outside of theirs.

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Male 4,680
"This must be Turkey`s version of Fox news."
Hahaha! Good one. And sadly true too, unless it was some sort of April Fool`s joke.
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Female 761
Ok, anyone that thinks there`s nothing wrong with this needs a smack to the face. I mean really, where do we draw the line? This isn`t funny, it`s just stupid and offensive.
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Male 15,510
I guess there are not many African Turkish around
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Male 391
not cool turkey
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Male 276
did anyone else notice hot the skin by his colar when he turned his neck was a lot paler like he ot a fake tan or soemthing
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Male 161
Rick: HE HAS BLACK PAINT ON HIS FACE, SAID NEGRO, AND HAS A FILM CAPTURE OF OBAMA RIGHT NEXT TO HIM.
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Male 114
what, is Turkey racist now too if they dont like Obama?
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Male 120
wow really? I mean just wow....
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Male 32
what a dumb ass, i guess they dont have black people in Turkey
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Male 3,332
Kougaiji: How can you know he`s "immitating" President Obama if you don`t know what he`s saying?
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Male 12,138
Sorry about the spammage, under control now.
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Male 604
HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH Damn I wish it was subbed or lined up with audio! Seriously what`s the big deal! People need to get over the race bullpoo, he`s black, isn`t he?! The guy is immitating him, get the drat over it!
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Male 1,360
this reporter and all of you guys are gay.
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Female 331
Wow, haha..his video is just silly. That newscaster looks like an idiot! I could see why people would be bothered by it, but as some of our well-informed posters have told us, "blackface" doesn`t have the negative connotations in Turkey that it does in the US. We can`t expect everyone to know every detail about American societal taboos.

And Baalthazaq is actually very right in his response to "evil Turks." If you condemn Turkish people for the actions of THEIR ancestors, then Germans are evil because of the Holocaust, the Japanese are evil because of Pearl Harbor, and Americans are THREE TIMES evil for slavery, Japanese internment camps, and--hey remember the Native Americans we kicked out and killed?

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Male 4,546
JRM:
Ah crap, missed "letter".
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Female 25
<.<.. what is he saying?.. thats it im getting my friend!.. *runs out on the street and looks for Selver*
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Male 74
Can I just say, using the letter "_" is offensive in my cultu_e. So eve_yone should stop.

Good job using a silly gesture to try and prove your point but still using the letter in your comment.

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Male 4,546
LazyMe:
The difference is, when I disagree, I try to demonstrate why, link my sources, try to find what the guy was actually saying and base my opinion on that.

I`m simply asking that people consider something such as these seven innocent gestures that are insulting around the world, and spend a second considering that maybe America might have a couple of its own things that are sensitive there, but not elsewhere.

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Male 419
we have a "[email protected]#k you" list? wow this country just keeps on gettin better!
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Male 3,369
This must be Turkey`s version of Fox news.
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Male 914
so is turkey the country where turkeys come from??...but americans love to eat turkeys...i know i do!! yum!!
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Male 10,440
Looks like Baalthazaq is at it again, disagreeing with everyone.
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Male 10,440
Whoa hold on... That guy isn`t really black. It some sort of facepaint. You can tell because of the lighter skin around his ears.

I don`t understand what he`s saying.

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Female 36
oh and how is this different from the red eye incident against canada a few weeks ago????? how is it much differnt? if you guys cant take it, dont dish it out!
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Male 420
probably be funnier if i knew what the hell he was saying..
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Male 3,369
Minaz is a spambot!
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Male 3,425
Can a mod come and sort out the people advertising random stuff. It`s on a lot of the recent videos.

How about moderating link for that matter. It would stop spammers, and people who still think rickrolls are funny.

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Male 4,807
Why is Minaz Spamming???
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Male 17,511
Really insensitive, Douche move on that guy`s part.
Wouldn`t blame the whole country on it though.
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Female 965
)-|
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Male 895
and shilpa33, no I do not want any "fun"
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Male 895
Who cares? OMFG get over it
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Male 1,629
well also while there may not be many blacks in turkey. they are still pretty racist towards blacks
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Male 3,425
How immature.
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Female 1,963
Um... k.
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Male 94
What a boring video.
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Male 4,546
Can I just say, using the letter "_" is offensive in my cultu_e. So eve_yone should stop. :P
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Male 1,596
stupid, f.ucking stupid!

and wholly unprofessional to say the least

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Male 101
omg thats well out of order he should be fired...

.....out of a cannon!.

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Male 2,076
I love Turks. People who hate Turks, ie Armenians and Greeks, are completely, completely stuck in the past. Jews don`t hate Germans and don`t hold a grudge against the entire country.

In another fifty years, Armenians will still be hating Turks, and there won`t be a single person alive who was even there when the genocide happened. Stop hating something that isn`t there.

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Male 2,076
"AnwarNova: I know what you mean, but it`s still not a good thing to do.
For example, over the summer I did undergraduate research at my College with a Chinese guy. One day he wasn`t feeling well, so he passed out on a desk in the next room. Being American, one of the other people took a picture of him on his cell phone.

When the Chinese guy found out he went nuts about only being able to take a picture of a person if you have their permission! (The first time he had ever reacted like that)"

Wtf does that have to do with anything? Obama was visiting Turkey. This happened in Turkey. Everyone who watched it and broadcasted it, was turkish (until it went online) ...to say that its inappropriate for turks to act this way, because its rude in another country is ludicrous and plain bolocks. Its not rude in Turkey, they don`t know its rude in America, why should they conform to an American standards that has been set because of american history?

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Male 2,388
boredx12 i love ya but why so racist
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Female 1,653
That is pretty racist
Especially when Obama seems more white than black /:S
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Male 2,238
heh, didn`t get that until I was about to close that, but yeah, thats disgustingly racist.
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Male 4,546
1) No they didn`t.
Germany killed 2 million Jews as the lowest estimate, 6.5 million as the highest.
Turkey killed 1.5 million as the highest.

2) Turks aren`t evil any more than Germans are evil for the actions of their great grandparents, nor any more than you are evil for the racism of your country in the 1910s, nor any more than the UK for its child labor policies in the same period.

Suicism:
I`m not going to derail the thread in that regard. I`ll simply say I appreciate the efforts he has made to re-establish ties with the Middle East whilst not compromising America`s position, and that he hasn`t just taken office and abandoning the Middle East as I was expecting him to.

For starters.

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Male 318
Turks are evil. Just ask an Armenian. The Turks killed more Armenians than Germany killed Jews.
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Male 1,929
Can`t really judge without having a clue what he`s saying.
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Male 3,631
Baalthazaq, I hate to ask, but what exactly are you so laudatory about?
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Male 174
"In that vein, how is the swastika a Native American symbol? "

Arw you drating serious??? Look it up you bone head

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Male 4,546
Matt: I didn`t mean to say Blackface was a native American symbol though I see how what I said could be interpreted that way. I meant it is similar to the Swastika, in that it doesn`t necessarily have negative connotations.

It is merely because it is linked to certain non-nice individuals that it does. Any culture unaware of those connotations could easily use it respectfully.

The Swastika *is* Native American. It is also apparently Indian/Hindu, Bhuddist, Jainist, Baltic, Celtic, Finnish, etc.

Wikipedia is fun.

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Male 134
and the swastika is acceptable "flopped" left or right.
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Male 4,546
There is some translation on this site.

It seems he was trying to show respect. So OldOllie, Savage Nation, seems like they do like him. That`s certainly the impression I got, but what do I know, I only live in the Middle East...

Everyone in my office was *overjoyed* that he won. We represent 25 countries. I was probably the least happy, but quite frankly, I`ve been so far proven wrong about his abilities.

He`s doing *great* so far. Couldn`t have asked for anything more.

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Male 134
How is Blackface a Native American symbol?

In that vein, how is the swastika a Native American symbol?

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Male 2,506
drat turks, all they do is genocide people :) 1915 nevar again!
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Male 569
You`re partly right PreoSmo. It is from India and is used in Hinduism, Buddhism, but it isn`t flopped.
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Male 264
LOL Who cares?
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Female 472
@ dragonshadoz No, it`s Indian. As in, from actual India. And yeah, it`s flopped and tilted to the side. The original meant peace and luck or something like that.
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Female 4,028
Baalthazaq: I thought the swastika was the positive Native American symbol, but reversed?

And that guy looks more like he had oil on his face.

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Male 134
hahahahaha.
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Female 189
why did they do this?
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Male 4,546
Thank you Osprey39.

It`s not offensive in and of itself any more than say someone dressing up as Bush to impersonate him.

The reason blackface is offensive:
Racial tensions existing prior.
Blackface was used in a racist manner.
Blackface was used instead of black actors.
Blackfaced actors were universally derogatory to Blacks.

It`s similar to the Swastika, in that it is also a Native American symbol with *positive* connotations. Someone who *somehow* only experienced the positive connotation might not understand at all why it is offensive, and in that case, people shouldn`t be offended.

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Male 1
WOW....Now I have seen everything. Those damb sand crackers!...LOL
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Male 186
Ignorance is bliss. Guess we`re envading Turkey next.
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Male 1,666
Honestly, it just looks like the Turkish version of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
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Male 117
For those of you that don`t know, in plays back in the day black actors would have their faces painted even darker then what it was with their lips painted a contracting color, usually white, to show the stereotype that black people have big lips. White people would also paint their faces black but that`s a tad different.

If you`ve ever watched really old cartoons you`ll see this. but that is all banned now for being extremely racist towards black people.

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Male 1,407
Countries without a historic black population generally don`t understand how sensitive the issue of blackface is.
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Female 447
I think he should have been wearing a clown suit. I cant wait to see how civil the easter egg roll at the white house will turn out on April 13th since he decided to offer tickets to the public.
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Male 1,036
Theres ike 4 black guys in all of Turkey, what else were they gonna do?
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Male 36
I don`t get it..
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Male 2,125
Dammit! Yeah I did, video. I need some sleep. Guess I should delete that post. >.>
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Male 271
What I don`t get is why he painted his face when his skin tone is already the same as Obama`s!

Also, I don`t get why he (or anyone) thinks it`s funny. Really, it`s not even offensive, just kind of stupid.

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Female 70
Turks have been racist since the Ottoman Empire or whatever. lol
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Female 398
So glad it was in another country! I thought they loved you so oh messiah Obama! Hysterical.
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Male 807
LOL, it`s pretty hard to be offended by this.
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Male 719
AnwarNova: I know what you mean, but it`s still not a good thing to do.

For example, over the summer I did undergraduate research at my College with a Chinese guy. One day he wasn`t feeling well, so he passed out on a desk in the next room. Being American, one of the other people took a picture of him on his cell phone.

When the Chinese guy found out he went nuts about only being able to take a picture of a person if you have their permission! (The first time he had ever reacted like that)

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Or how he took his part of our final presentation directly from Wikipedia, and we couldn`t convince him why plagiarism was wrong...


Different cultures, different values

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Male 15,832
Gee, thought once Obama was president, the whole world would love and respect us. I guess it really wasn`t entirely Bush`s fault after all; some of these foreigners are just America-hating @$$holes.
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Male 2,076
This was broadcasted in Turkey. It`s about as racists if you were to go into a different country and make a hand-sign that said "screw you"...would that make you a bigot if you did that to someone? No, it`s just a different culture.

@ Opie. Why should a Turkish newscaster read up on whats offensive in America and refrain from saying American-centered culturally offensive things..when he`s broadcasting in Turkey to Turks? Do you refrain from doing Chilean, or Chinese culturally offensive things while you live at your home?

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Female 660
indeed he did video lol
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Female 120
Was that supposed to be funny?
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Male 2,076
1) I`m fluent in Turkish and have lived there many years: blackface is not anything as offensive as it is in America

that said,
2) this TV station is not popular, so it wasn`t like it was some mainstream thing.

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Male 263
what is soo funny ohh him makiog fun of obama or his face?
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Male 3,014
v Did you just incorrect yourself?
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Male 2,125
This is funneh...it`s a joke people. take it as it is or else you`re gonna be very depressed in life...
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Female 836
1. Who knows what this blackface thing means culturally in Turkey.

But, 2. I agree with Opiebreath. C`mon, read a few history books and understand that`s not acceptable in the U.S. for many reasons (don`t be so fast to forget the past, kids)

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Male 976
I`m not trying to be racist... but does it look like the guy talking has wood stain all over his face?
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Female 2,289
I don`t get it... is it cause he painted his head black?
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Male 3,014
"Oh, by the way. This is racism only because you call it racism. People need to loosen up a little bit."

Most people are under the impression that the terms "racism" and "racial insensitivity" are synonymous. While this is incorrect, I`ve learned to just accept that people say "racism" when they mean "racial insensitivity" and nod quietly.

So, yeah, this is pretty racially insensitive.

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Female 15,763
Whether it`s racism or not, Blue, it`s pretty offensive and ignorant of America`s history. Sometimes countries say the wrong thing without meaning it and offend other countries. This is one of those instances.
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Male 914
I cannot believe the arrogance and ignorance of these posts - I happen to be turkish and the anchor you are watching is my uncle. He was horribly burned in an earthquake fire and his face is scarred like he Sharpied his whole head. People in Turkey call him Karshed Malid which means Crayon Head in turkish. His life is a living hell; shame on you!!

(jk i`m not turkish lulz)

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Male 614
Oh, by the way. This is racism only because you call it racism. People need to loosen up a little bit.
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Male 614
Nice tan.
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Female 15,763
Uh oh... maybe they should`ve read a few American history books first.

>_>;;

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Male 144
I bet the guy who convinced them that this was a good idea..is still rolling on the floor laughing..
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Female 723
Well, Turkey`s been blacklisted :p
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Female 1,264
I like to imagine he just slipped and dropped a vial holding a mysterious substance in a comical fashion seconds before going on air.
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Male 2,372
This guy violated my human rights! I`m entitled to compensation.
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Male 121
Later on in the newscast, he claims he can fly and starts rolling on the floor.
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Male 63
fortunately for turkey, america`s F-U list is about a mile long :P
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Male 468
Why is his face black
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Female 528
Hehehe. Random
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Male 4
"God this racism thing gets annoying. Nobody would complain if a black guy painted himself white while trying to impersonate a previous president."

If its for comedy, no, no one would complain. Any other situation would just be plain creepy and weird.

Not sure what`s happening here though.

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Male 987
"Lets all learn to laugh at ourselves a little bit more, yeah? Hopefully then we`ll learn that life`s too short."
...not laughing is porbably why its short...
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Female 35
Kanye west already did white face :D
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Male 639
God this racism thing gets annoying. Nobody would complain if a black guy painted himself white while trying to impersonate a previous president.

Lets all learn to laugh at ourselves a little bit more, yeah? Hopefully then we`ll learn that life`s too short.

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Male 1,627
lmao i have a new hero
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Female 192
Thanks, sims3k.
I was about to get somewhat offended.

Hahaha... The full translation would be interesting, methinks.

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Female 4,197
heheheheh i stopped it at 8 seconds and he looks funny xD
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Male 103
they are gonna die....................................................
by our NUKES
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Male 480
its comedy
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Male 97
hes not an actual news reporter.

hes asking for stuff off obama and saying obama will give it to him because hes black.

he says the turkish government is stupid for not painting himself black when speaking with obama.

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Male 1,629
lol turks are so jerky and opinionated
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Male 347
Hoping that it`s some kind of innocent tribute or sign of solidarity with our president...
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Male 74
"Anybody know what is being said?"
He could be saying "America is the greatest thing since god created boobs" and I wouldn`t care. It`s offensive. I`m not for lynching him or anything, but he should at least apologize. Assuming that`s not what he`s doing now.
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Male 5
I dunno, that black face to the right does kind of look like Obama.
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Female 741
lol wtf?
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Male 347
Anybody know what is being said?
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Male 20,917
Link: Turkey Just Made America`s F-U List [Rate Link] - Turkish News Anchor Appears in Blackface to Report on President Obama.
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