By Leander Schaerlaeckens
The Netherlands is enamored with its top scorer, one Jozy Altidore he of New Jerseyan and Haitian origins. So enamored, in fact, that Eredivisie Live, which broadcasts the Dutch league made a tribute video likening him to… the A-team’s B.A. Baracus.
Upon tweeting this, charges came my way that this was racially insensitive. Not all well-built black men sporting a beard look like B.A. Jozy himself, as evidenced by the video, seemed to take delight in the comparison.
Nonetheless, the comparison offers a compelling insight into the disparity between Dutch and American political correctness. Among developed countries, they seem to stand at opposite ends of the spectrum.
The average Dutchman sees this video and thinks: “That’s funny.” It doesn’t occur to him that it might be insensitive.
The average American thinks: “That’s offensive.” Probably. Or he at least wonders if it is. Because his jokes pass through a filter that is the product of decades of national incremental scrutiny on all public utterances.
This video was meant to evoke a chuckle. Please suspend your political correctness for a brief moment and treat it as such.