Our summer intern got a job that she started mid August at a consulting firm. We were of course extremely happy for her and she was super excited. (It’s a tough market to get a job in!-so, kudos to her). Unfortunately, I received an email from her about two weeks asking me if I knew of any job opportunities. Very confused, I gchatted her to find out what was going on. She explained the situation to me in detail but I’ll give you the short version. Keep in mind that her office communicates via AIM so this was not part of the “trouble.” Our intern was having a conversation on AIM with her friend at work. Her boss monitors computer activity. In the conversation, he friend mentioned a man and sent a picture of said man to our intern trying to set them up on a date. Our intern’s response was: I don’t know. He looks pretty guido. Next thing she knows she’s being called into her boss’s office, scolded and put on a 2-day, unpaid suspension. She’s also left with a homework assignment. “Come back Monday, with a paper regarding the issue of you using the word guido.”
OK. I know we’re all a bit “Jersied” out right now, but I want to talk about this issue. Guido is a term that has been around a long time, but I think that we all realize shows like The Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of New Jersey have made this term much more “pop-culture.” I want everyone to weigh in and tell me what their true opinion of this situation is and I will let you know mine after some feedback. Is “guido” an acceptable pop culture term? OR, is it a new age racial slur?
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