Recently, THMers debated Eskimo lollies. Some saw them as a racial slur; others thought they were a harmless bit of kiwi heritage.
Now, Apple have release an iPhone game that's drawing criticism: Pocket God. The game features identifiably Pasifika 'primitives', which the player controls.
What, if anything, is the difference between this and Eskimo lollies? Does it matter more if you offend people who live closer to your home. Does the medium - lollies vs a game - make a difference? Does it matter that the game is new, rather than part of NZ's so-called heritage.
I guess this game is supposed to be an ironic bit of technological glibness - it's advocates will argue that no one takes such things seriously. I think it's just some more crude racism. How did racism get trendy again?
What say you?