"Did Someone Cringe?"

2009
May
18

jozblinkLongtime blogfriend and former L.A. blogneighbor JozJozJoz (she’s so nice, they named her thrice) has become a “meme”, as a blog and Flickr post expressing frustration with a camera with a “blink sensor” that doesn’t recognize the natural shape of her and her Chinese family’s eyes – Racist Camera! – got Digged and Reditted and spread all over the web. At least she used a good pose of herself for the example.

I must note two things, however. The accused camera is made by Nikon, a Japanese company that sells a shipload of cameras all over Asia, including China. I’ve seen elsewhere that Nikon does a lot of ‘country-specific’ features on its products, and I’ll bet the “blink sensor” was probably customized for the Racist American Market. Also, there are a few non-Asians who would probably would also give the camera a false positive, the most famous of which are, coincidentally, two rather different stars of Westerns.
royandclint
Roy Rogers and Clint Eastwood… Probably has to do you with the bright sunlight in the West, right?

Maybe that was part of the original (semi-racist) thinking behind the TV show “Kung Fu”. David Carradine does look a little more Asian when he squints… (and he always looked a lot more like a White Guy in the flashback scenes in China).
kungfu

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