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Old 04-19-2007, 07:44 PM   #1
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its the worlds most offensive couch...al sharpton must be fuming!

Offensive couch label traced to China


TORONTO - Doris Moore was shocked when her new couch was delivered to her home with a label that used a racial slur to describe the dark brown shade of the upholstery.

The situation was even more alarming for Moore because it was her 7-year-old daughter who pointed out "n----- brown" on the tag.

"My daughter saw the label and she knew the color brown, but didn't know what the other word meant. She asked, 'Mommy, what color is that?' I was stunned. I didn't know what to say. I never thought that's how she'd learn of that word," Moore said.

The mother complained to the furniture store, which blamed the supplier, who pointed to a computer problem as the source of the derogatory label

Kingsoft Corp., a Chinese software company, acknowledged its translation program was at fault and said it was a regrettable error.

"I know this is a very bad word," Huang Luoyi, a product manager for the Beijing-based company's translation software, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

He explained that when the Chinese characters for "dark brown" are typed into an older version of its Chinese-English translation software, the offensive N-word description comes up.

"We got the definition from a Chinese-English dictionary. We've been using the dictionary for 10 years. Maybe the dictionary was updated, but we probably didn't follow suit," he said.

Moore, who is black, said Kingsoft's acknowledgment of a mistake doesn't make her feel better.

"They should know what they are typing, even if it is a software error," she said. "In order for something to come into the country, don't they read it first? Doesn't the manufacturer? The supplier?"

Romesh Vanaik, owner of Vanaik Furniture where Moore bought the sofa, said it has been a best seller. He said he checked his stock but found no other couch with the offensive label.

He added that he had not known the meaning of the N-word.

"It's amazing. I've been here since 1972 and I never knew the meaning of this word," said Vanaik, a native of India.

His supplier, Paul Kumar of Cosmos Furniture in Toronto, denied responsibility and refused to give the name of the couch's Chinese manufacturer.

"It's not my fault. It's not the manufacturers' fault," he said, adding that Kingsoft was to blame.

Huang said Kingsoft has worked to correct the translation error. In the 2007 version, typing "dark brown" in Chinese does not produce the racial slur in English. But if the offensive term is typed in English, the Chinese translation is "dark brown," he said.

Moore is consulting with a lawyer and wants compensation. Last week, she filed a report with the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Commission spokeswoman Afroze Edwards said the case is in the initial stages and could take six months to two years to resolve.

Moore, 30, has three young children, and said the issue has taken a toll on her family.

"Something more has to be done. We don't just need a personal apology, but someone needs to own up to where these labels were made, and someone needs to apologize to all people of color," Moore said. "I had friends over from St. Lucia yesterday and they wouldn't sit on the couch."
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uh oh another 3 weeks of Media and Sharpton asking for the firing of a couch and computer.
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unless we just want to snicker about the word "nigger"
because it is just a word, right

and belittle Sharpton for no reason

I think they are really upset because they did not get
their ho coffee table, with their couch
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unless we just want to snicker about the word "nigger"
because it is just a word, right

and belittle Sharpton for no reason

I think they are really upset because they did not get
their ho coffee table, with their couch
Is Al Sharpton above criticism?
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Is Al Sharpton above criticism?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...112802025.html
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Offensive couch label traced to China

He said he checked his stock but found no other couch with the offensive label.


how convenient.
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Is Al Sharpton above criticism?
Did Al even show up in the article?
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Did Al even show up in the article?
Fair point, for some reason the thread title mentioned Al Sharpton, even though he wasn't mentioned in the article.

Mind you, Al Sharpton is still a racist twat.
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Mind you, Al Sharpton is still a racist
But you aren't, right?
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But you aren't, right?
Can you please stop following me around the forum and posting your random snidey insults at me.

No offense or anything, but I don't think we're meant for each other.

I pity the fool.
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Following you?

Don't flatter yourself.
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deep is right... there's no reason to belittle al sharpton for no reason.

there's plenty of legit reasons... no need to make 'em up.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...112802025.html
well

looks like this has turned into an Al Sharton thread



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In November 2005, Sharpton appeared in advertisements for LoanMax, an automobile title loan company. Sharpton was criticized for appearing in the ads, as LoanMax has been accused of predatory lending charging fees, and for marketing them to primarily poor, urban and African American audiences. The ads featuring Sharpton were run in predominantly African American markets.


On December 7, 2005, he ended his relationship with LoanMax. In a letter to Rod Aycox, LoanMax president and chief executive officer, Sharpton said, "I respectfully, but firmly decline your offer for further engagement on my part, and will not engage in any business relationship to promote auto lending with LoanMax." Sharpton said he had not done the research before agreeing to the commercials.
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Maybe the reason this thread and future threads about racism will turn into Al Sharpton threads, because he is a hypocritical thug who calls everyone out but him self or his own race. And when I say his own race, each race has idiots who make it bad for others. Al Sharpton is one of them.
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