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Vote: Is Calling Someone "Fredo" in a Forum post where the person's name is not Fredo An Ethic Slur?
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Re: Vote: Is Calling Someone "Fredo" In a Forum Post An Ethic Slur?
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2020, 01:51:46 PM »
Not racist. But if you want to call someone dumb, then point out the weakness in their argument rather than call them names.

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Re: Vote: Is Calling Someone "Fredo" In a Forum Post An Ethic Slur?
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Re: Vote: Is Calling Someone "Fredo" In a Forum Post An Ethic Slur?
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2020, 03:27:04 PM »
Funny.  When I worked at the Alumni office at a university, a former graduate called and expressed his anger because
we had, Fred, listed as his first name when in reality, it was, Frederick.  I apologized and told him I would correct it right away.
Believe me, it took everything I had not to put in, Fredo ... but I didn't. 

If a person doesn't like that or any other name other than the one he wants one should comply.  Fredo, in and of itself just doesn't
refer to Italians - and some people don't like that - but also to an idiot as in, The Godfather.

Btw ... If I was Michael I would have done the same thing.   

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Re: Vote: Is Calling Someone "Fredo" In a Forum Post An Ethic Slur?
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Re: Vote: Is Calling Someone "Fredo" In a Forum Post An Ethic Slur?
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2020, 03:56:50 PM »
Ted was the Fredo of the family.

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Re: Vote: Is Calling Someone "Fredo" In a Forum Post An Ethic Slur?
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2020, 04:54:45 PM »
It's no more offensive than calling a bossy white woman "Karen," which happens all the time.

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Re: Vote: Is Calling Someone "Fredo" In a Forum Post An Ethic Slur?
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2020, 07:14:29 PM »
It's no more offensive than calling a bossy white woman "Karen," which happens all the time.

Why would you call a bossy white woman Karen?

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Re: Vote: Is Calling Someone "Fredo" In a Forum Post An Ethic Slur?
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2020, 08:53:34 PM »
Why would you call a bossy white woman Karen?

It's a popular meme. 

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Re: Vote: Is Calling Someone "Fredo" In a Forum Post An Ethic Slur?
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Re: Vote: Is Calling Someone "Fredo" In a Forum Post An Ethic Slur?
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2020, 09:09:46 PM »
Vote: Is Calling Someone "Fredo" in a Forum post where the person's name is not Fredo An Ethic Slur?
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I've always related the name 'Fredo' to the dumbest son in The Godfather
(Sonny wasn't far behind)

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Re: Vote: Is Calling Someone "Fredo" In a Forum Post An Ethic Slur?
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Offline Royell Storing

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Re: Vote: Is Calling Someone "Fredo" In a Forum Post An Ethic Slur?
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2020, 09:24:06 PM »
I've always related the name 'Fredo' to the dumbest son in The Godfather
(Sonny wasn't far behind)

   I like the character played by Robert Duvall/Tom. He would have made the perfect son for Don Corleone. Duvall/Tom Not being in Godfather 3 made that movie unwatchable due to everything being relative. Fredo was "the brother by another mother".

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Re: Vote: Is Calling Someone "Fredo" In a Forum Post An Ethic Slur?
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Re: Vote: Is Calling Someone "Fredo" In a Forum Post An Ethic Slur?
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2020, 10:12:11 PM »
Fredo is a derogatory ethnic slur for a dumb Italian. It is similar, but worse than calling the Mexicans Pedro or the Chinese Hop Sing or Native Americans Pocahontas. Those slurs don't even imply a dumb person but they are still derogatory toward a particular race. By definition that is racist. It is not necessarily bigoted, but it is definitely an ethnic slur.

Rush Limbaugh was the one who started referring to Chris Cuomo as "Fredo", which his rabid white nationalist audience picked up on. One of his fanboys actually crashed a Cuomo family gathering and called him Fredo, then pretended that he actually thought that was his name. In that case, it was intended as a bigoted racial slur because the Alt-Right hates Chris Cuomo and CNN the same way the White Supremacists hate Blacks and Jews. Putin, Drumpf and Murdoch have the Alt-Right convinced that the Fake News Media is the Enemy of the People because they are nothing but a bunch of stinking whistle blowers who are obstacles to their dictatorship.

 

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