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    Eskimo Lollies Are Insulting?

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    Waireka
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    Eskimo Lollies Are Insulting?

    Post  Waireka on Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:39 am

    A staple lolly of the New Zealand 50-cent mixture has angered a Canadian tourist for its offensive name and shape.

    Seeka Lee Veevee Parsons, 21, an Inuit of the Nunavut Territory in Canada, says the Eskimo lolly, manufactured by Cadbury/Pascall, is an insult to her people.

    The word Eskimo is unacceptable in her country and carries with it negative racial connotations, she said.

    She intends sending packets of the iconic confectionary to the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and her grandfather, a Inuit tribal elder in the Nunavut Territory.

    When she found the lollies for sale in Timaru three weeks ago she was surprised a company would be able to use the word for a product.

    "I was taken aback. When I was a little girl white kids in the community used to tease me about it in a bad way. It's just not the correct term."

    Eskimo was long used to describe the native people of the northern territories of Canada and means "eater of raw meat", said Ms Parsons.

    But it has not been acceptable for as long as she can remember. The correct term is Inuit, she says.

    Not only has the name of the lolly aroused painful memories, she believes the shape is an unfair stereotype of her people.

    "We are much more of a people than that image. We have deep ties to the land and an ancient culture and I think we should be recognised as that and not just a marshmallow figure."

    The young woman wondered how New Zealanders visiting Canada would appreciate finding confectionary shaped like Maori warriors and hoped the manufacturers would consider changing the name and shape of the lolly. If anything, she said, it should be shaped like a seal, the Inuits' main source of food.

    A spokesman for Cadbury/Pascall said the product had been in the market and enjoyed by consumers for many years and it was never their intention to offend any member of the public.

    He was unable to say whether the lolly shape and name would be changed now they had been made aware it had caused offence.

    The Encyclopedia Britannica says the name Eskimo has been applied to Arctic peoples by Europeans and others since the 16th century and was once thought to mean eaters of raw flesh, but is now believed to make reference to snowshoes.

    It says the self-designations of Eskimo peoples vary with their languages and dialects and include such names as Inuit, Inupiat, Yupik, and Alutiit, each of which is a regional variant meaning the people or the real people.
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    Re: Eskimo Lollies Are Insulting?

    Post  Psalter on Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:27 pm

    Pah, this kind of faggotry needs to cease forthwith.
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    Re: Eskimo Lollies Are Insulting?

    Post  Anjewel on Tue Apr 21, 2009 1:21 pm

    Psalter wrote:Pah, this kind of faggotry needs to cease forthwith.

    For sure...
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    Post  superarmy on Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:27 pm

    All in favour of declaring war on Canada to preserve our right to eat eskimo lollies say "I"
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    Re: Eskimo Lollies Are Insulting?

    Post  Waireka on Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:49 pm

    superarmy wrote:All in favour of declaring war on Canada to preserve our right to eat eskimo lollies say "I"


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    Re: Eskimo Lollies Are Insulting?

    Post  Don Speekingleesh on Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:08 pm

    I suppose I had better hide the Eskimo Pies, then. Twisted Evil
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    Re: Eskimo Lollies Are Insulting?

    Post  the distant one on Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:12 pm

    but maori cigarettes are offensive?
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    Re: Eskimo Lollies Are Insulting?

    Post  Summoner on Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:00 pm

    What are Maori cigarettes?

    I think the eskimo lollies are yuck anyway so let them have cake. If she finds it a racial insult that's her right... it's obviously not going to go anywhere unless the Canadians are going to cut of their exports to our country... Oh no! No more maple syrup, how sad.
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    Re: Eskimo Lollies Are Insulting?

    Post  the distant one on Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:19 pm

    http://tvnz.co.nz/content/638858/video?vid=638890

    maori cigarettes.... interesting to watch really... I can see some great similarities
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    Re: Eskimo Lollies Are Insulting?

    Post  MereMortalBeing on Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:31 pm

    I say NO...I love maple syrup Razz
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    Re: Eskimo Lollies Are Insulting?

    Post  Summoner on Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:33 pm

    Ok, that was funny... Maybe there should be a claim on that. Seeing as, according to some, Maori people lay claim to everything else.
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    Re: Eskimo Lollies Are Insulting?

    Post  Summoner on Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:36 pm

    MereMortalBeing wrote:I say NO...I love maple syrup Razz

    I too love Maple syrup... with pancakes and whipped cream. I would choose the maple syrup over a really foul textured lollie, therefore I stand with the inuit/Eskimo/Casnadian Indian.

    Down with the lollie!!
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    Re: Eskimo Lollies Are Insulting?

    Post  Lynz on Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:35 am

    Psalter wrote:Pah, this kind of faggotry needs to cease forthwith.

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