Small Tempest, Attractive Teapot*

By Proof

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Is the term "anchor baby" really offensive? Fox News had a story speaking of Penelope Cruz's desire to have her baby in the US as an "anchor baby".

A Republican Hispanic group, Somos Republicans, objected, saying, in part:
Penelope Cruz is admired world-wide, and comparing her unborn child to an inanimate object is demeaning.

"Comparing her unborn child to an inanimate object"? I think this may be a bit of PC run amok. Does anyone get upset when Walter Cronkite or Dan Rather was referred to as an "Anchorman ? When someone calls Katy Couric a "News Anchor", are they comparing her to an inanimate object, or describing her position in a news organization?

"Anchor baby" describes the role that an infant, born in the US to non US citizens, can play in establishing US residence and citizenship, and the possibility of additional "chain migration" of relatives. Now, those relatives are no more "chains" than the infant is an "anchor" as far as inanimate objects go, but it is descriptive of the relationship.

Now if Somos Republicans want to object to the characterizations of her motives, that's fair game. But to object to the comparison of "her unborn child to an inanimate object" is simply abusing the language.

* FYI, I am not comparing Penelope Cruz to an inanimate object. It's an analogy.

H/T News Real blog

Cross posted at Proof Positive

1 comment:

  1. Somos Republicans typically sidetracks the real issue. By trying to bring the focus to the word "anchor baby". And what I mean by "typically" is that I feel that any group that wants to avoid discussion of the real issue plays the "he called me a bad name" card.
    They know very well what the story was about. And fro them to say that "Penelope Cruz is admired world-wide" offends me! I do not admire her because of her thinking that is absolutely wrong!
    It's strange that this issue is not just one that the Us has... It is an issue also in the EU.


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