Saturday, October 22, 2005

Dear Mr. Courtland Milloy

Dear Mr. Courtland Milloy,

You sir are one fucking retard misinformed individual.

In Oct .19th, 2005 issue of Washington Post, you have spent 720 words on an article titled "No Misnamed Panda Could Be The Cat's Meow" rambling about the name of new panda cub Tai Shan (泰山), which you thought “Ty Shawn” would be more fitting for the male panda cub since “Tai” is a girl’s name.

I believe your intention was to have the original article to be somewhat "tongue-in-cheek", but the article ended up making you sound like a fool. Regardless, I would like to seize this opportunity to point out several things to you:

1. Tai Shan (泰山) is a very masculine male Chinese name. It is also a mountain of historical and cultural significance located north of the city of Tai'an (泰安), in Shandong Province, China. It is one of the "five sacred mountains of China". Associated with sunrise, birth, and renewal, it is often regarded the foremost of these. The temples on its slopes have been a destination for pilgrims for 3,000 years.

2. The young man you mentioned in the beginning of your article, who sells DVD out of his car, is only doing that so he can get enough money for next crack fix. I don’t think he would be a valid source to verify if “Tai Shan” is a girly name or not. Unless it is because you are desperately seeking for someone to agree with you.

3. The reason Panda are called Xiongmao (熊貓), aka. “Giant Cat Bear”, is because its unique front paws. Each front paw has a "thumb" and five fingers; the "thumb" is actually a modified wrist-bone, similar to common house felines’ front paws (thumb with four fingers).

I am also curious about the significance behind your name “Courtland”. In case you did not know, “Courtland” is a related name of “Courteney” or “Courtney”, which was from surname meaning, "from the court," "born at court," or, "from the enclosed land." I don't know about anyone else, but to me, "Courtland/Courtney" is a pretty gay lame name.

How do you like your own name now, you punk ass faggot ignorant doo-doo head!


tiangotlost at gmail dot com

Ps. Don’t forget to email me the invitation to your Kwanzaa party.

Update 1: I was pleasantly surprised to see my rant have been posted on Washington Post, next to Milloy's original article. Thanks Technorati!

Update 2: The word "faggot" has multiple meanings.

In modern day, "faggot" is being used as an offensive and insulting term for a homosexual man. It would also mean "a bundle of sticks or branches", "a sewing style"; and as a verb, it means "to tie or bind together".

I would like to assure everyone, when I used the word "faggot" or the term "punk ass faggot", I was referring him as "a bundle of sticks". Similar to the term "dumb as a box of rocks".

Update 3: I have toned down some of the profanities I used in the original. Since we are living in a civilized world, therefore there is no need to shout at each other with profanities, unless you are the President or Vice President.


  1. What an arrogant Bas****!

  2. Tian you rock, I'm a faggot and even I fould the use of that word appropriate.

  3. I dont like that guy right now, just read the article and want to fwap him. Forcing American sterotypes on a Chinese cultural icon, and comparing one of the most endangered species with the cheetah, because its fast... Animals don't breed well in captivity, all births are big news, some stay longer on cuteness factor and population.

  4. Thanks for the link to the original article. I read it and can't believe that he's paid to write for the Post. Hurrah for White America.

  5. Wow you are so clever! "punk ass faggot" is one of the most original and descriptive insults I've ever heard!

  6. You gotta to make the brotha understand yo.

    Wiggie wiggie yo.

    Obviously the fool Milloy couldn't find the facts by himself.

    I am guessing the boy can't find his own ass with both hands.

  7. Great post showbiz from What's Hot

  8. I think you had some great points, up until you called him a "punk ass faggot." No need to gay bash just because the man's a moron.

  9. Dear Anonymous,

    The word "faggot" has multiple meanings.

    In modern day, "faggot" is being used as an offensive insulting term for a homosexual man. It also means "a bundle of sticks or branches", "a sewing style"; and as a verb, it means "to tie or bind together".

    I would like to assure you, when I used the word "faggot" or the term "punk ass faggot", I was referring him as "a bundle of sticks". Similar to the term "dumb as a box of rocks".

  10. Tian,
    Yes, while the term "faggot" does have multiple denotations (in fact, in Britain, a "fag" is slang for a cigarette, which probably derives from the Middle English "fagot," a bundle of sticks or twigs especially as used for fuel), the main connotation in America is as a slur toward gay people, in particular gay men. My point is, your argument would be so much stronger without the demeaning comments, both toward gay people and African Americans (i.e., your swipe at Kwanzaa). As an Asian American, I know what it's like to be the target of a slur. So I don't hand them out, either.

  11. Dear Anon,

    Thanks to your suggestion, I have toned down my original rant.

  12. Dear Tian,

    This is outrageously too stone soul groove funny. Bookmarked this zhit 2DAy, will return no doubt about it, tai kew le.

    Anyone with 1 ounce of savvy knows better than to f""" with Chinese hanzi like that guy did ... otherwise ten different meanings will pop out (from 5000 years of Chinese culture) on your stupid white ass and you will look like a wai guo ren with 3 kids shouting "lao wei!" at you in a heartbeat...

    From the west, I am however a real deal current foreign expert of zhong guo (and a guy) and love living in the east and west... and these idiots who try to sound culturati-illuminati and yet don't know zhit about zhong guo ren embarass themselves the most... which is not a bad thing I spoze is it?

    The music thing you did with Yao Ming in the background is hot now in China... I was impressed 2 c it here, good work. Like what can I say? tai bang le.

    wo hui lai le

    wo jiao tao da


  13. I have great respect for Chinese culture, and I think Tai Shan is a nice name, but I regret to inform all of you, that we readers of DCist have chosen to name the little guy "Butterstick."

    One of the first reports about the progress of the little guy indicated that he was "the size of a stick of butter." It was charming, and made us all root for him even more.

  14. "Butterstick" is a cute nickname.

    "Land O'Lake" or "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter"?

    I am so glad they chose "butterstick" instead of "margarine", otherwise we will be calling the little guy "Fabio".