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萬聖節惹事 美國有色南瓜燈被指涉嫌種族歧視(圖)

http://dailynews.sina.com   2019年10月24日 00:28   環球時報

  原標題:萬聖節惹事!有色南瓜燈被指涉嫌種族歧視

  萬聖節快到了。家家戶戶和一些公司總會買幾個南瓜燈來裝飾一番,迎接萬聖節前夜這個最熱鬧的時刻。

  南瓜皮有黃色、綠色和白色,且因品種、成熟度、季節等因素,顏色深淺不一。製作南瓜燈較多選用的是這種黃色偏橙色的南瓜。

 圖 via 網絡 圖 via 網絡

  不過,美國紐約尼雅克一家律師事務所放在辦公室門外的兩個萬聖節南瓜燈(jack-o‘-lantern)卻遭到了周圍居民的投訴。原因是,有人認爲這兩個黑色南瓜燈涉嫌種族歧視。

 圖 via westchester.news12.com 圖 via westchester.news12.com

  A Halloween display in front of a law firm was taken down in Nyack because the jack-o‘-lanterns upset some community members。 The jack-o’-lanterns are painted black with a white mouth。

  尼雅克一家律師事務所門前的幾個萬聖節南瓜燈被撤下了,因爲它們惹惱了當地一些社區居民。這些南瓜燈有着黑色的臉盤,白色的嘴巴。

  The reaction from some community members led the Feerick, Nugent, MacCartney Law Offices to take the pumpkins down less than 48 hours after setting them out on the porch。

  由於一些社區居民的反對,Feerick, Nugent, MacCartney律師事務所把放在門廊還不到48小時的幾個南瓜給撤了下來。

  “We understand that someone complained about them and so once we got word of that we immediately took them down,“ says Mary Marzolla, a partner at the law firm。

  律所合夥人瑪麗•馬佐拉表示:“有人抱怨它們,這我們理解,因此,我們一接到投訴,就立即將它們撤下。”

  “We represent people of all colors and faiths, and we would never do anything to exclude anyone from any community,” she says。

  她說:“我們代表各種膚色和信仰的人,我們決不會做把任何人排除在社區之外的任何事。”

  ▲Bed Bath & Beyond pulls black jack-o’-lanterns after complaints in Nyack (via westchester.news12.com)

 圖 via yahoo.com 圖 via yahoo.com

  不過,馬佐拉表示,公司買的這些南瓜燈,每個都代表了公司的一位合夥人,而他們律所也不乏有黑人員工。其中一位就表示,他本人倒是沒覺得受到冒犯。

  Marzolla says the pumpkins, personalized with the names of each partner at the firm, were never meant to offend anyone。

  馬佐拉說,這些南瓜上刻着律所每個合夥人的名字,這些南瓜從來都不是爲了冒犯任何人。

  Her associate, Alak Shah, says he didn’t think twice about the jack-o’-lanterns。

  她的同事阿拉克·沙阿說,他對南瓜燈的事沒有多想。

  “It‘s just nothing I take offense to personally, but since it did offend someone we took proactive steps to take it down,” he says。

  “這並不是針對個人,但它確實冒犯到了某些人,所以我們採取了積極的措施將它們撤下,”他說道。

  ▲Bed Bath & Beyond pulls black jack-o’-lanterns after complaints in Nyack(via westchester.news12.com)

 阿拉克·沙阿 圖 via westchester.news12.com 阿拉克·沙阿 圖 via westchester.news12.com

  隨後,兩位律師將這次事件歸咎於出售這款南瓜燈的傢俱用品商店,說這樣的南瓜燈本來就不該上架銷售。

  “We purchased these Jack-0‘-Lanterns from Bed Bath and Beyond specifically for the purpose of including them in our holiday display and took them down immediately upon hearing the concerns raised,” Marzolla told CBS MoneyWatch in an email。 

  馬佐拉在郵件中告訴CBS MoneyWatch:“我們特意從Bed Bath and Beyond傢俱用品商店購買了這些南瓜燈,爲了作節日裝飾,得知人們對這些南瓜燈投訴,我們立即將它們撤下來。”

  “We are a community law firm, work for the local community and have championed the cause for many people who suffered improper treatment by others。”

  “我們是一家社區律師事務所,爲當地社區服務,爲許多遭受不正當待遇的人爭取權益。”

  ▲Bed Bath & Beyond pulls jack-o‘-lanterns after “blackface” complaints (via CBS News)

  而商家也對此作了道歉,並立即對該款南瓜燈作了下架處理。

  A spokesperson for Bed Bath & Beyond told Fox News that while it was unintentional, the company apologizes for any offense caused。 They also confirmed that the items were only available on the Bed Bath & Beyond website and were not sold in stores。

  Bed Bath & Beyond公司的一名發言人告訴福克斯新聞,雖然不是故意的, 但該公司對由此造成的任何不適表示歉意。他們還證實,這些產品只在Bed Bath & Beyond網站上有售,不在實體店銷售。

  ▲Bed Bath & Beyond pulls black jack-o‘-lanterns following blackface comparisons: report (via Fox News)

 圖 via Getty Images 圖 via Getty Images

  南瓜本來顏色多種多樣,區區一個黑色南瓜燈爲何會引來這麼多非議?當地一名全國有色人種協進會的負責人認爲,這種顏色的南瓜燈是一些人“極度缺乏敏感性”的表現,也是另一種形式的“扮黑臉”事件。

  The jack-o‘-lanterns showed an “extreme lack of sensitivity,” according to Wilbur Aldridge, director of the regional NAACP chapter。 “By now I would believe everyone [would] know that anything in blackface is offensive,” he told local outlets in a statement。 “Equally as offensive is that a retail store would have such an item in [their] inventory for general purchase。”

  全國有色人種協進會地區分會負責人威爾伯·阿爾德里奇說,南瓜燈表現出一些人“極度缺乏敏感性”。他在一份聲明中告訴當地媒體:“到現在爲止,我相信每個人都會知道,任何帶有黑臉的東西都是一種冒犯行爲。一家零售商店面對大衆售賣這樣的商品,實在是不太適合。”

  Politicians including Canada‘s newly reelected prime minister have had to apologize for wearing blackface, a historically racist form of theater in which a non-black person dons dark face paint。

  包括加拿大新當選總理特魯多在內的政界人士也不得不爲自己扮黑臉的行爲道歉。扮黑臉,非黑人在其臉上塗上黑色的臉部彩繪,歷來是一種帶有種族歧視色彩的戲劇形式。

  ▲Bed Bath & Beyond pulls jack-o‘-lanterns after “blackface” complaints (via CBS News)

 特魯多被媒體披露曾三次化“黑臉妝” 圖 via 網絡 特魯多被媒體披露曾三次化“黑臉妝” 圖 via 網絡

  你怎麼看這起“黑臉南瓜燈”事件?歡迎留言並分享觀點!

  文:Du Qiongfang

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