History Main / CrossCulturalKerfluffle

5th Aug '17 6:21:38 AM pinkdalek
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* A similar event happened when Lady Gaga held up a Northern Irish flag at a concert in Ireland, [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles an extremely offensive and troubling gesture]].


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* Barret Wallace, the ScaryBlackMan from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', is often held up as an example of UnfortunateImplications, if not outright EthnicScrappy, by American players. He's not treated disrespectfully compared to the other characters and the [[UncleTomfoolery comic relief idiot]] of some players' memories is a DeadUnicornTrope, but he ''was'' based on imported, racist stereotypes about African-Americans, all of which read as neutral character quirks in Japan but got extremely painful when sent back across the ocean. When asked about this in an interview, Creator/KazushigeNojima claimed he didn't really understand the issues when he wrote the character initially, but listened to the criticisms, and tried to do better next time (Kiros from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' is notably less stereotypical). Creator/TetsuyaNomura claimed it was all the translators' fault. (He [[JiveTurkey may have had at least half a point]]).
22nd Jul '17 8:21:17 AM Jake
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*** Incidentally, cheap, low-quality and [[GargleBlaster scarily strong]] hard cider that tastes at least as foul as what Flim and Flam were getting out of their machine at the end is the traditional English equivalent of malt liquor. Cue numerous jokes from British Bronies about how they missed a trick by not selling the stuff at three litres a bit to hobos and juvenile delinquents.
11th Jul '17 10:07:40 AM kablammin45
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** A near identical kerfuffle happened again within [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros the same franchise]] just over twenty years later: In ''VideoGame/MarioKart8 Deluxe'', [[VideoGame/{{Splatoon}} the female Inkling]] would make this same gesture whenever she hit someone with an item. This was patched out in the game's first patch. (Now the Inkling simply fist-pumps.)
10th Jul '17 1:58:00 AM Nulono
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* The {{Transformers}} character Spastic has sparked this in the UK; while in America, the term "spastic" refers to being aloof and clumsy, in the UK it is an offensive term for those with cerebral palsy.
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9th Jul '17 12:11:41 AM Piterpicher
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* The LetsPlay of ''PokemonQuartz'' said the Mole People were supposed to be a compendium of negative Jew stereotypes. While the joke's funny and all, it's unlikely a Spanish teen would know that much about Jews to the point of doing a TakeThat: Spain doesn't really have much of a Jewish population, as they were kicked out of the country over 500 years ago and (obviously) they don't want to come back.

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* The LetsPlay of ''PokemonQuartz'' ''VideoGame/PokemonQuartz'' said the Mole People were supposed to be a compendium of negative Jew stereotypes. While the joke's funny and all, it's unlikely a Spanish teen would know that much about Jews to the point of doing a TakeThat: Spain doesn't really have much of a Jewish population, as they were kicked out of the country over 500 years ago and (obviously) they don't want to come back.
27th Jun '17 5:16:34 PM nombretomado
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* There's always some well-meaning GrammarNazi wiki editors [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage going back and forth on regional spellings of words]] here on the site, for instance Americans correcting "colour" to "color" and Brits switching it right back. Eventually they realize that on an international site like this either spelling is fine. It gets worse over on TheOtherWiki, which attempts to have guidelines regarding when and where to use Commonwealth versus American spelling, guidelines that have angered more than a few people and led to at least one "rival" wiki.[[note]] In a nutshell, Wikipedia - despite being American - has a marked preference for Commonwealth spelling. All Commonwealth-related articles must use that convention, which makes sense. All scientific articles must also use Commonwealth spelling... even if the research in question was carried out by Americans. The only articles where American spelling is allowed to be used exclusively are ones that directly relate to the United States and its people.[[/note]]

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* There's always some well-meaning GrammarNazi wiki editors [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage going back and forth on regional spellings of words]] here on the site, for instance Americans correcting "colour" to "color" and Brits switching it right back. Eventually they realize that on an international site like this either spelling is fine. It gets worse over on TheOtherWiki, Wiki/TheOtherWiki, which attempts to have guidelines regarding when and where to use Commonwealth versus American spelling, guidelines that have angered more than a few people and led to at least one "rival" wiki.[[note]] In a nutshell, Wikipedia - despite being American - has a marked preference for Commonwealth spelling. All Commonwealth-related articles must use that convention, which makes sense. All scientific articles must also use Commonwealth spelling... even if the research in question was carried out by Americans. The only articles where American spelling is allowed to be used exclusively are ones that directly relate to the United States and its people.[[/note]]
22nd Jun '17 2:36:40 PM Malady
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* Umbro and Siemens have both had to apologize after releasing products called Zyklon - it is the German word for cyclone, but also nearly the name of the poison gas used by the Nazis in the Holocaust, and unsurprisingly, the Germans and Jewish groups are somewhat touchy about this. An amusement park in Tipton, Pennsylvania used to have a roller coaster called Zyklon.

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* Umbro and Siemens have both had to apologize after releasing products called Zyklon - it is the German word for cyclone, but also nearly almost the name of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zyklon_B Zyklon B]], the poison gas used by the Nazis in the Holocaust, and unsurprisingly, the Germans and Jewish groups are somewhat touchy about this. An Also an amusement park in Tipton, Pennsylvania used to have a roller coaster called Zyklon.
12th Jun '17 2:38:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* Reversing the countries (though it wouldn't have caused offence but laughter), the captain of the ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise USS Enterprise NX-01]]'' was almost called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_Archer Jeffrey Archer]] until UK fans pointed out it wasn't quite the [[IncrediblyLamePun straight-arrow]] name they had in mind.

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* Reversing the countries (though it wouldn't have caused offence but laughter), the captain of the ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise USS Enterprise NX-01]]'' was almost called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_Archer Jeffrey Archer]] until UK fans pointed out it wasn't quite the [[IncrediblyLamePun straight-arrow]] straight-arrow name they had in mind.
12th Jun '17 2:37:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* StarTrekDeepSpaceNine: The episode "Destiny" shows that Cardassians argue and demean each other to flirt. This comes up when O'Brien is arguing with a female Cardassian scientist he's working with. She thinks he's flirting with her, and tells him that she's fertile and could provide him with many children. O'Brien has a FlatWhat moment and has to explain to her that he's already HappilyMarried.

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* StarTrekDeepSpaceNine: ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': The episode "Destiny" shows that Cardassians argue and demean each other to flirt. This comes up when O'Brien is arguing with a female Cardassian scientist he's working with. She thinks he's flirting with her, and tells him that she's fertile and could provide him with many children. O'Brien has a FlatWhat moment and has to explain to her that he's already HappilyMarried.



* Rock singer MeatLoaf wanted to show a German audience that not only did he enjoy performing for them, but he enjoyed being a guest in their country. Since the only German he knew was limited to sausage related words, he decided to fly the red, black and gold at his concert. He didn't realize that Germans aren't as gung-ho about their flag as Americans are.

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* Rock singer MeatLoaf Music/MeatLoaf wanted to show a German audience that not only did he enjoy performing for them, but he enjoyed being a guest in their country. Since the only German he knew was limited to sausage related words, he decided to fly the red, black and gold at his concert. He didn't realize that Germans aren't as gung-ho about their flag as Americans are.
11th Jun '17 1:12:41 PM nombretomado
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** The leader of the group is ''Hauptmann Deutschland''. Obviously, he is intended to be the [[CaptainPatriotic German counterpart of Captain America]], complete with a name that is a direct translation of ''Captain Germany'' and a flag-costume. The problem: That sort of PatrioticFervor makes Germans, who know better than most how badly that sort of thing can get out of hand, a bit uncomfortable. (Since the [[TheWorldCup Football World Cup 2006]], displaying patriotism in a modest degree may be more acceptable, but the Schutz Heiligruppe had been introduced before that event). And the fact that a military rank is part of his name makes it even worse. Marvel later changed his name into ''Vormund''. Intended meaning: ''Guardian''. Actual meaning: '''Legal''' ''Guardian''. D'oh! (The correct term would be ''Wächter'', the translation published in Germany went with ''Freiheitskämpfer'' --> ''Freedom Fighter'')

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** The leader of the group is ''Hauptmann Deutschland''. Obviously, he is intended to be the [[CaptainPatriotic German counterpart of Captain America]], complete with a name that is a direct translation of ''Captain Germany'' and a flag-costume. The problem: That sort of PatrioticFervor makes Germans, who know better than most how badly that sort of thing can get out of hand, a bit uncomfortable. (Since the [[TheWorldCup [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup Football World Cup 2006]], displaying patriotism in a modest degree may be more acceptable, but the Schutz Heiligruppe had been introduced before that event). And the fact that a military rank is part of his name makes it even worse. Marvel later changed his name into ''Vormund''. Intended meaning: ''Guardian''. Actual meaning: '''Legal''' ''Guardian''. D'oh! (The correct term would be ''Wächter'', the translation published in Germany went with ''Freiheitskämpfer'' --> ''Freedom Fighter'')
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