FW:The Future

"This one's actually from my right wing grandpa.

As a Star Trek fan and a liberal, I was pained.

My grandmother asked me if I enjoyed all the forwards she and my
grandfather send. (She usually sends the plain old glurge and urban
legends; he sends the right-wing ones.) I said I honestly didn't have
time to read them, and if she wanted to take me off the list, that was
okay with me and I wouldn't be offended. (Oh please oh please!)
Guess she didn't remember." - Caroline
Caroline, I feel that sharp pain too. Ugly forwards like this make me wonder if I should even post them. Enter daylight:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Subject: The Future
> The Iranian Ambassador to the UN had just finished
> giving a speech, and walked out into the lobby where
> he met President Bush.
> They shook hands, and as they walked the Iranian
> said, "You know, I have just one question about what
> I have seen in America.
> President Bush said, "Well, anything I can do to
> help you, I will."
> The Iranian whispered "My son watches this show
> 'Star Trek' and in
> it there is Chekhov who is Russian, Scotty who is
> Scottish, and Sulu who is Chinese, but no Arabs. My
> son is very upset and doesn't understand why there
> aren't any Iranians on Star Trek."
> President Bush laughed, leaned toward the Iranian
> ambassador, and whispered back, "It's because it
> takes place in the future."


Impetrix said...

Even leaving aside the obvious overall ouchyness of both the nationalistic glurge and the fact that it is sullying Star Trek, there's an appropriate quote from the movie Crash:

"When did Persian become Arab?"

Oh, wait, I forgot, they're all supposed to be the same to us. Silly brown people expecting good patriotic 'Murkins to tell them apart. [/snark]

Angelia Sparrow said...

And when did Sulu become Chinese?

Sadly, I know people for whom that is not a joke, but rather a happy prediction.

Anonymous said...

Ummmm, Dr. Bashir from Deep Space 9? Played by a Sudanese actor.

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