The Cow Shed has noted the accusations of racism leveled at it following the hosting of a wedding in April this year. In response, it would like to point out:
- that the choice of wedding theme is the couple’s prerogative and The Cow Shed will do its best to accommodate their wishes, provided that these are not illegal and conform to generally accepted norms.
- that the theme of the wedding in question was in fact based on Sydney Pollack’s film Out of Africa and that it was not, in any reasonable interpretation of that term, a celebration of colonialism.
- that the waitrons who served at the function, at the couple’s request, comprised people of all race groups found in South Africa, including people of European descent.
- I started to think about what this implies about their definition of “generally accepted norms,” but it made me very sad, so I have decided to direct my thoughts elsewhere.
- An “Out of Africa” themed wedding is not celebrating colonialism “in any reasonable interpretation of that term”? What do you think it was, a hard-hitting commentary?
- Points for use of the uber-PC term “waitrons.”
- Specifically asking that “people of all race groups” act as servers seems like a pretty weird request. How did that come up, exactly? “We’re having a colonial-Africa themed wedding, but we don’t want it to be too ‘on the nose’, so be a dear and make sure there are some white people handing out canapés, would you”?