Op-Ed: The endless quest for bigotry

Posted Jan 21, 2014 by Alexander Baron
Today, evidence of mass torture and murder in Syria has been revealed. And the big story is...a woman sitting on another woman.
A man holds the body of a dead child among bodies of people activists say were killed by nerve gas i...
A man holds the body of a dead child among bodies of people activists say were killed by nerve gas in the Ghouta region, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus August 21, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Bassam Khabieh
Actually, the woman concerned is sitting not on a real woman but on a lifelike mannequin of another woman, a black mannequin, and this has been described as incredibly racist, and also "awful, racist misogyny." The picture has now been removed from Garage Magazine, which is said to be a magazine about "visual entertainment."
This crime against humanity appears to have been compounded by being published on Martin Luther King Day. Stefan Molyneux has an alternative view of Martin Luther King; how about an alternative view of this offending photograph? Firstly, if both the real woman and the mannequin had been white, or black, would anyone have noticed?
Try running the term "woman sitting on man" through Google image search, and see what you come up with. This photograph was published apparently in 2012, and the sky did not fall. Is this sexism, misandry, or just a bit of harmless fun?
What comes next, food racism? Uh, we've already had that. As the man said, you couldn't make it up, yet this "offensive" non-story of a woman sitting on another woman and not even a real one at that, is currently all over the Internet.
Meanwhile, if you want to read a report about something that is genuinely offensive, check out the BBC's latest news from Syria. No blacks or whites in this, only Arabs killing each other. The same way Arabs, whites, blacks, Chinese and almost everybody else has been doing since time immemorial. No bigotry here, just man's inhumanity to man.