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What if by (trying to) criminalise more (ordinary) people in the west, you’re losing support for your cause in already tolerant societies?

‘87% of Americans would purchase a product from a company that advocated for an issue they cared about, while 88% would boycott a company they thought behaved irresponsibly’.

What if in other markets your customers overwhelmingly support racial purity and removing ‘foreigners’? Even if these attitudes are dressed up in language such as ‘single ethnic’, they are still on a par with Aryan or Hindutva racial supremacists. Consider the harsh reality facing ‘multicultural’ children in societies that believe in racial purity.

Articles defending Korean brands’ silence on hard issues such as Korean racial supremacy are perhaps not surprising, yet these brands want to profit from supporting BLM internationally and export more.

Do they have to do more locally for it to be credible?

Even if Koreans believe in racial supremacy, 60% of Korean adults want to move abroad.

Are those in the west who unquestionably support minority cultures and ‘foreign’ brands practising a new form of ‘orientalism’, while criminalising ‘local’ people for being less than perfect (in their eyes).

Humour is part of our culture. Humour binds us together, as in this episode from Jilly Cooper's Rivals. Outlawing satire and humour are classics of the extremists’ playbook. We need to defend what is positive in our cultures; we (urgently) need to stop criminalising thoughts and speech; we need more talk and more understanding of the world in which we live. That's not to say all humour is funny or acceptable, as this same incident in Rivals shows. But, what we don’t need are more regulations or more litigation that benefit lawyers. We need to empower people to fight their own battles not criminalise them.

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