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Offensive/Racist Language on Chowhound [Moved from Food Media and News board]

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On the thread titled “Is Iron Chef for Real” the OP uses the word oriental to describe the “second rate actresses” that acted as judges in the original series. I twice posted informing the OP that using the word “oriental” in reference to people is seen as a pejorative and twice my post were deleted. I’m curious, what is the chowhound policy on offensive and racist language?

  1. KT, I completely agree that it is not an appropriate term, and I'm glad you spoke up.

    1. KTinNYC, I responded to your post by saying: " No harm intended." Thanked you for it...and that's true.

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      1. re: gutreactions

        Gutreactions, I saw your post and I appreciate the fact that you meant no harm.

      2. Please see our policy here (third to the last paragraph) on incidental vulgarity, obscenity, and general offensiveness :

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/36760...

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        1. re: The Chowhound Team

          The language isn't just offensive it's racist. I would be willing to bet that if a post contained the word "colored" in reference to people of African heritage it would not past muster. Maybe you can allow gutreaction to edit his post.

          1. re: KTinNYC

            As long as words are not used to deliberately offend or attack another poster, we do not remove or edit posts based on a poster's choice of words. We never edit a post without being asked to do so by the poster, but are happy to edit gutreaction's post if he/she would like us to do so.

            1. re: The Chowhound Team

              This is a good healthy discussion, and while I did not mean any harm in my post, I would not mind editing a few words myself...May I?

              1. re: gutreactions

                Please email us your revised text at moderators@chowhound.com and we can do so for you.

                Thanks.

        2. ah the p.c. world we unfortunately live in nowdays.

          I dont know how many times I have seen the word gringo posted on here. Not something I would cry to the mods about.