People Are Calling Out The Spanish Word For 'Black' After Woman Loses Dog
The internet is once again divided, and this time it's all to do with one girl's missing dog and a certain word getting a little lost in translation.
Twitter user Becky took to social media to seek help tracking down her pooch - which led to others questioning her choice of name.
Rather than Fido or Spike, Becky named her dog after the Spanish word for 'black', because that's the colour that her pet is. She's also from Mexico, hence the Spanish.
negro is missing:cry: please if anyone sees him message me!!! pic.twitter.com/mo2l760hLi
- becky. (@rebeca_macias18) January 20, 2018
"Negro is missing," she said on Twitter, distraught. "Please if anyone sees him message me!!!"
Of course, it didn't take long for people to point out the unfortunate connotations with her dog's name, which also has history as a derogatory term for black people.
You definitely ain't gonna find that dog now with a name like that.....- Luna Lovegood⚜️ (@Luyanda_D__) January 20, 2018
I understand his name is "black", but you REALLY should've picked a different name. I hope you find him, tho, just don't run down the street screaming his name. ion want you to get hurt.
- satan's spawn, mrs puff, gloria lookin ass. (@abelsboo) January 22, 2018
I been sitting here for 10 mins wanting to say something. Lmao like first and for most I hope you find the dog and I get the Spanish term. BUT it's like this can go the other way so easy as you can see in the thread. Hope you find him tho. But man what a name
- . (@Carpe_DMS) January 22, 2018
But others were quick to back her up, saying that they understood the word, in this context, wasn't meant as a racist statement. Some people also pointed out that it's all in the pronunciation.
alll the sensitive ppl in this thread don't understand that negro in Spanish means black, the color, not the racist term :joy:
- D.:zap: (@MagikDylan) January 22, 2018
Its not pronounced knee-grow
In spanish its pronounced different
- woah its edith (@PABLObunny) January 22, 2018
One user, Joe, said: "My dog's called Spot. Guess I'd better change his name in, case it offends people with Acne. I could call him Buster... no, fat people. Rex? Offensive to creationists, dinosaurs and all that. Goddammit, I'll call him Goddammit."
Others just side-stepped the naming blip and said that they hoped she found her dog.
Becky later tweeted saying, simply: "I am so fed up with all this."
We're not surprised - especially as her poor pup is apparently still missing, despite the high profile attention it's all had. Fingers crossed the two are reunited soon, eh?
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