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6 hours ago, Technico Support said:

Samurai sword and a ninja star.  Jesus tapdancing Christ.  Can't wait for the New Day "bucket of chicken and pack of Kools" shirt.

WWE: if you're non white, that's your gimmick.

I'm guessing each guy gives input on what he wants his shirt to look like, no? I mean "The Vibe" screams like something Nak would want on there.

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He is a martial artist.  It's not like they put fortune cookies and giant robots on the front.  

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How much time do you think he's spent practicing with shuriken?

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Correct, but since I'm not the one spouting "he's a martial artist" as the reason Nakamura's shirt has the words "Orient Express" crossed out and "King of Strong Style" written in crayon, it's your lack of knowledge that is relevant to this discussion. 

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Not really.  He is a martial artist. That is a fact.  Those are items related to the martial arts.  That is also a fact.  You're just assuming it's offensive because he's from Japan.

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Can we force Matt Dangerously to change his board name to Yankee Cowboy Applepie? He's American, so it makes perfect sense.

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28 minutes ago, AxB said:

Can we force Matt Dangerously to change his board name to Yankee Cowboy Applepie? He's American, so it makes perfect sense.

Still better than Oney Lorcan. 

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Oh so now samurai swords and shurikens are not cool. 

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32 minutes ago, Cristobal said:

Bad news, Vic. They were never cool. 

Brother.....if you think throwing stars were "never cool", then I have some serious doubts about your character...brother.  

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37 minutes ago, Cristobal said:

Bad news, Vic. They were never cool. 

What, we're pretending the entire 1980s never happened?  

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The wierd thing about people born after about 1985 is, they don't remember much of the 80s.

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10 hours ago, Playa Shunna Ver 3.0 said:

Brother.....if you think throwing stars were "never cool", then I have some serious doubts about your character...brother.  

Seriously that is a white noise deal. 

"Swords are not cool. Buzz,,,, Crackle..... Buzz......"

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Jesus fuck... What is wrong with you guys? I'm speaking to both sides of this argument, and I consider the participants to be at the very least Internet friends... Nak's shirt is awful because shurikens and samurai swords have nothing to do with his character. FWIW shurikens and samurai swords are cool as fuck, and I've spent hours practicing with shurikens (I'm a dart player, throwing things is what I do ;-) ) It's very easy to perceive Nak's shirt as racist primarily due to the source. If NJPW made the same shirt (they wouldn't, because they usually make cool stuff and this shirt's as ugly as sin), no one would say a fucking word. Japanese nationalism IS a part of Nak's character, a rising sun logo worked into the design would be perfectly appropriate, whereas what we got screams "stereotype and laziness" if not full-blown racism. However, the main reason some of us are seeing racism in the design is entirely due to the source, WWE is not known for being the most culturally sensitive company out there, but I don't think there was any evil intent here, it's just an ugly shirt designed by people that know nothing of Japanese culture and are too lazy to do any better.

Now if they really do put fortune cookies on the Chinese guy's shirt, I'll just go hide under a rock. 

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He likes the shirt enough to let whomever is running his account pin the tweet. That's a positive, yeah?

 

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Nakamura is a legitimate artist too, if they wanted something weird, he'd come up with it. He had some really strange shirts at times in Japan.

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Same with Asuka too, I believe. 

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54 minutes ago, PetrolCB said:

Same with Asuka too, I believe. 

True that, to both. I remain sad that NJPW ignores the chubby gaijin market to this day; otherwise, I'd have a closet full of their stuff. 

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On 4/4/2017 at 9:11 AM, OSJ said:

However, the main reason some of us are seeing racism in the design is entirely due to the source

Isn't that a bit of a knee-jerk reaction, though?  Is the WWE racist for letting Mickie James wear Native American garb to the ring on Sunday?  She's actually Native American, but, you know, it's the WWE.  

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Was the WWE racist for allowing Tony Atlas to wear African garb to the ring? He's actually African American.

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That's not quite the same thing.  That was a stereotype they gave him as a character to play.  That's a far more extreme example.

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