Thursday, December 15, 2005

Google proves what we all knew about Kong

I haven’t seen King Kong, but I did read a silly column by James Pinkerton of Newsday. The question Pinkerton asks is not a new one: is King Kong racist?

I have no comment regarding this question. But what caught my eye was this blurb from Pinkerton:
Movie reviewer David Edelstein, writing in, notes the "implicit racism of 'King Kong' - the implication that Kong stands for the black man brought in chains from a dark island (full of murderous primitive pagans) and with a penchant for skinny white blondes." Indeed, a Google search using the words "King Kong racism" yielded 490,000 hits.
Proof by Google!

To see what else is racist, I have performed the following Google searches, and, as a service, provide the number of hits each one generated:

racism and heddle              354
racism and root canal      125,000
racism and panda’s thumb   134,000
racism and hulk            135,000
racism and superman        293,000
racism and batman          334,000
racism and king kong       499,000
racism and Ted Kennedy     680,000
racism and Darwin        1,440,000
racism and biology       1,730,000
racism and basketball    1,760,000
racism and physics       1,930,000
racism and google        2,130,000
racism and evolution     2,430,000
racism and france        5,920,000

You may draw your own conclusions. But according to Pinkerton's and/or David Edelstein's logic, I am three orders of magnitude less racist than root canal. Sounds good to me.

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