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And this is taking place where?

I think this should at least be nominated for Most Retarded, Random, And Pointless Lawsuit.

Keep in mind, this is all taking place in Japan. Not France.

Link gacked from neviachiel.

Honestly, I'm not even going to tag this. I don't know if it would go under 'people suck' or 'dumbass teenies'. It should be something like 'dumbass people' but I can't be bothered.

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pega
Jul. 13th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)
That even beats out the fat kids and McDonald's.
4youreyesonly
Jul. 13th, 2005 09:25 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm kinda offended that they're suing him for that instead of suing him for being a total dumbass. But maybe he can't be sued for that. Hm.

Still. That man should be ignored, not given publicity. *shakes head* although, you know, loving the french language myself, I can't really blame them for trying to 'protect' it no matter how badly they go about it.

elven_wolf
Jul. 13th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC)
This case just reminds me of others that have come to light recently, all crass violations of freedom of speech. The man's entitled to his opinions, right or wrong. I'm only hoping the suit gets thrown out like it deserves.
4youreyesonly
Jul. 14th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)
Hm. That's an interesting point you're making. Freedom of speech is a very american notion. I don't think it goes as far anywhere else in the world. I know in France you can be sued, and have to pay rather high fines, for slandering. Arguing that you can't count numbers in french might fall into that category, since it's untrue. While you're entitled to your opinions, it's against the law to publicly tell lies about other people. I don't know about languages ;)

Anyway, I thought it was interesting that your first reaction would be 'freedom of speech' where mine was 'he should have kept his mouth shut that idiot' because it illustrates perfectly how different the cultures we were brought in/around are on that particular subject.
elven_wolf
Jul. 14th, 2005 08:25 pm (UTC)
Well, in the US slander and libel are defined carefully, but I don't think a language can be a victim of it. It's only a crime against people.

And conversely, I can call you an idiot (just an example, you're not an idiot *lol*) and you couldn't do anything about it. If I, however, told everyone that I saw you making out with Tom Cruise at Eurodisney, then you could sue me. It's a fine line between an opinion and an outright fabrication.

But yeah, you have a point about cultural differences. I know that not all countries have the 'freedom of speech' amendment the US constitution has, but it still seemed silly to me for a bunch of Japanese people to sue another Japanese person for saying the French language is cumbersome. Seemed like a waste of time to me, more than anything. But then, people are really good at wasting time. Suing the man won't change his opinion, and his words really are not going to stop anyone from speaking French.
4youreyesonly
Jul. 14th, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with you. It's also giving him more importance than he deserves to sue him over this.

But, from what little I know the Japanese are very particular about honor etc. Maybe there was also more to what he said that prompted that reaction, however silly.

I've heard of people suing for far sillier than this, as scary as it sounds.
elven_wolf
Jul. 14th, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
It's also giving him more importance than he deserves to sue him over this.

So true. But you might be right about the honour thing. It was a fairly short 'blurb' article so who knows.
neviachiel
Jul. 13th, 2005 10:23 pm (UTC)
I was thinking that he actually has a point. I never knew how complicated that numbers were in French.

I thought it was interesting that there was no comment from France on this. They probably don't want anyone speaking their language anyway. It would only taint it.
elven_wolf
Jul. 13th, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
I didn't really get that far with the numbers when I had French thrust upon me in high school. I couldn't get past all the silent letters, though. So I gave up on it and will rely on the kindness of interpreting friends in the event I ever need French.
neviachiel
Jul. 13th, 2005 11:00 pm (UTC)
Eh, French wasn't even offered in my school, so I contented myself with Spanish (the only language that *was* offered), which a) is much easier, and b) is more practical in the U.S.
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