DEROGATORY. Does this mean that over here we must object to being called Brits? Or is it just a short form , an abreviation of the word? Then there's Cockneys, Scots, Scousers,Limeys, Taffs, Brummies etc. The list goes on.SOMETIMES it depends on the way the word is used, and believe me I loathe and deplore racisim in all its forms.Do USA citizens object to being called 'Yanks'? I would love to know where this originated from and what it really means. WE first heard it over here in WW2. I can only remember it being used (in the little town where I was born & still known as The Black Country) with great affection towards a group of very generous kindly soldiers who occasionally visited us.
Is is wrong if I want to revive my old Chinese Act to put on a Chinese makeup..and I mean a realistic one NOT an obscene exaggerated one
I can remember some stage union in NY objecting to the English actor who originated the role of the Engineer(the Narrator) playing it, when Miss Saigon was about to open on Broadway, even though he only used a couple of makeup lines to give the eyes an oval look.They felt it should be performed by an Asian. One of the sons of Sir Donald Sinden (the English actor) wrote to the profession's newspaper, The Stage saying, 'Does this mean, to keep everything authentic, that when we act Romeo & Juliet on stage that we replace Juliet every performance. She is a virgin in the first part of the play, but not after the interval. Do we have to get in an untouched actress every night??' He was being humorous of course. But things could go TOO far. It is more important to stop people using any words or actions that could cause offence, harm or hurt to others but it is often HOW or the Meaning Meant behind especially words, that we must consider.
Allen Tipton UK