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05:26 pm: here comes the mansplain again
From http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/016318.html, on the Hugo award ceremony

#67 ::: Sumana Harihareswara ::: (view all by) ::: August 23, 2015, 11:45 AM:

I am grateful for the livestream, and for our community.

I am Hindu and I felt like the mocking repetition of a Hare Krishna chant was a slap in the face to me.

#68 ::: Bruce Adelsohn ::: (view all by) ::: August 23, 2015, 11:52 AM:

Sumana Harihareswara @67: It didn't seem mocking to me. Rather, it was aimed at bringing peace to a number of souls who needed it. YMMV, of course, but that's how I saw it on the stream.

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From:lydy
Date:August 23rd, 2015 11:37 pm (UTC)
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I'm not a man. I had a similar reaction. I am, however, a very white American, and I am willing to admit that I may be very wrong. If there was mockery, I kinda totally missed it. To my ear, it sounded like, upon reflection, Silverbob thought that the Hare Krishnas had a point, after all. But, as I said, I'm willing to be completely wrong about this. It's not my religion. And I would never argue that Sumana didn't feel what she felt, or wasn't entitled to feel what she felt.

I dunno. I did feel better after Silverbob assured me that it would all be ok. I feel very weird that this reassurance which made me feel so good made someone else feel so bad.
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From:boxofdelights
Date:August 24th, 2015 02:57 am (UTC)
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I believe I would have found it comforting and kind of sweet, if I had been there. But I do not have the kind of arrogance it would take to respond to "I am Hindu, and that was insulting," with "I am not Hindu, but that was not insulting."

Edited at 2015-08-24 02:58 am (UTC)
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From:boxofdelights
Date:August 24th, 2015 04:05 am (UTC)
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I don't read Lydy's comment as condescending. Even though it was also telling Sumana how the non-Hindus felt (when I am pretty sure Sumana would already be aware of how the non-Hindus felt.)

I can't pick apart how much of the difference in the way I react to the two comments is because "Bruce" is a man's name, and how much comes from the fact that Lydy's comment begins with acknowledgement of Sumana's feelings, and expression of regret, and contains three acknowledgements that Lydy's viewpoint is a viewpoint, not Objective Truth.
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