I was describing my lovebird, who happens to be a blue mutation, masked lovebird.
(Because I know people will want to see him, I've included a picture.) But when describing him, I say he has a "black face, white collar, blue body and purple spot on his tail."
Boy if you ever want to set people off, say "black" and "face" together. Holy shit, you'd think I said the N word in public.
It was something along the lines of:
Custy: "Don't say Black Face! That's racist! How can you be in public when you use that language!"
Me: "Ma'am, I was talking to the cashier who inquired about my birdseed purchase. I have a lovebird. I was describing his colors to her."
Custy: "And you responded with a racist slur?!"
Custy: "You can't say that!"
Me: "...I just did. Get over it."
Then I paid for my birdseed and walked away before the urge to slap her till she smartened up made me spend the next two years assaulting her.
1) While he's my feather-baby, he's also just an animal; not a person of ethnicity.
2) It's used as a descriptive term, not an ethnic slur.
3) "black mask" and "looks like he's wearing a black hood" doesn't seem to piss people off any less (black hood = hoodie = Travon Martin? Which makes me George Zimmerman? IDK...)
Da fuq? He's certainly going to be more offended by his toys than he is about what words I use to describe him... Seriously, when he plays with his toys it sounds like he's getting the crap kicked out of him. The ranting and raving makes it sound like a miniature brawl is happening.
Does anybody get these people when talking about your dogs or cats or bunnies? "Don't call him a "black" Lab! That's racist! Call him a "dark Lab!"
May all your customers have a brain,