Ever read an article that made you want to pull off your wig in frustration? I would have said NO until I came across this article today – only joking, do you know how expensive wigs are?
I did tug at my wig though – just kidding. I did shake my head at the impertinence of the person discussed in the report. Now I may be exaggerating, but I couldn’t let this one slide . . .
Many Olympians travelled to South Korea to take on the cold, and win medals for their countries at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. As you may already know team USA were there and caused quite a stir. An American skier, who thou shall not name, was definitely barking up the wrong tree when he shared his thoughts on the controversial issue of dog meat farms in South Korea. He stated that ”Dogs are friends. Not food”. Of course, Rachel Cassiline, upcoming writer, had to rebuttal with, ”what are chicken, pigs and cows? Foes?” It’s only right that we keep the same energy towards all edible fleshes and sources of protein. Surely chicken farms deserve the same media attention and concern right? A lil chick told me that roughly 180 million chickens are killed ‘improperly’ every year. That figure will absolutely ruffle a few feathers. I don’t think I’m letting the cat out of the bag here, but chickens in America are fed Prozac and antibiotics to help them with the torture of being thrown into a grinder ALIVE! Yikes! I guess in the case of chicken – chicken is food. Not a friend.
The American Olympian put on a show during the games by proving to some Koreans that the stereotype of some foreigners being ”entitled” might possibly be true. The said American skier rescued a puppy from a Korean dog meat farm and (he advertised his ‘’heroic’’ actions on Instagram of course) he educated his followers on Instagram of the statics and ill treatment towards dogs in Korea.
Now I don’t have to be a fan of dogs to know that we live in a dog eat dog world. I know this Korean cultural practice is a tricky one as it goes against the protection of animal rights. I understand that many people will feel as though the American should be applauded for his actions. However, some will feel that he’s practicing ‘cultural colonialism’ with his actions by using the power of his blue passport as a way of pressuring, and shaming a country to adopt HIS way of thinking; despite saying that ”it’s not his place to impose western ideals”. Silly moo! (I smell a wet dog.)
Whatever the case, his sentiments and actions is sure to incite side eyes, wig pulling, or explosive sighs and, perhaps smiles of admiration. But fiery rebuttals aside, this article led me to think about the stance the traveller should take when travelling outside of their country.
We all know that every country has its pros and cons, beauties and beasts, pristine peacocks and ramboesque rhinoceroses, peaks and valleys, and of course, dogs and chickens. There is always something that you will see when abroad that will have you wagging your tail in excitement, or on the flipside there will be something that will ”get your goat”. There will be times when the traveller doesn’t understand or agree with a culture’s way of life. That doesn’t mean you should throw your beliefs out of the window, or shun your views on them, but rather the traveller should be on board to see the world with refreshed eyes by way of respect and openness for growth and cultural education. If not, put the eye mask you were given on the plane on and wait for your return date back to your country!
Hold your horses guys, just so you know, frustration discerned in this article is not solely for the American Olympian. It stems from the disregard some travellers have towards cultural understanding. Remember
”respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners”. – Laurence Sterne.
But on the real who would eat dog? Dog cheese burger with added pickles, or Dog fried rice seasoned heavily with the finest organic herbs. Maybe thinly sliced pieces of dog, barbecued to perfection, sprinkled on top of a stuffed crust pizza. BBQ base of course! Comment below with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ if you would eat dog meat. If you don’t give a monkey’s what others – including what dogs think also – state why you would or wouldn’t.
Right, I’m off to see a man about a dog (Only place I can adjust my wig in peace – Lol!)