couple years ago I was at a talk led by a respected Surgeon Who Shall Not Be Named about some cancer thing, which I remember almost nothing about. guy was originally from Hong Kong, but had ascended the academic hierarchy to a prestigious position virtually at the apex of the entire university department.
midway through his speech, he starts imitating an exaggerated Chinese accent, makes some comments about being a simpleton Asian immigrant (because he's just some guy from Hong Kong), and everybody in the fucking audience laughs.
what a charming guy. so accessible with that self deprecating humour.
part of me wanted to spit in his face, but honestly, I just felt sorry for the guy. even at the top of the pyramid, he couldn't undo a lifetime of self-subjugation.
if you're going to kneel, there should at least be a fucking gun to your head.
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Bret Easton Ellis