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BBC News - Tourist ‘upset’ at Buddha tattoo row

A British tourist is “shocked and upset” after being deported from Sri Lanka for displaying a Buddha tattoo on his arm, he says.
Antony Ratcliffe, 42, from Nottingham, was turned back at Colombo’s main airport on Friday for allegedly showing a lack of respect for Buddhism.
The authorities are tough on perceived insults to Buddhism - the religion of the island’s majority ethnic Sinhalese.
But Mr Ratcliffe says the “inoffensive” body art was meant as a tribute.
[…]
"They took my passport and held me there for an hour and a half. All the time they were bringing people in to look at my arm, and they were shaking their heads.
"I was explaining my case, pleading basically, and the chief officer just told me to ‘shut up, shut up’ and he refused to talk to me."
"I like the artwork in tattoos obviously and, due to my belief in Buddhist philosophy which I have followed for many years, I thought a quality tattoo of the Buddha was rather apt.
"It wasn’t something I took lightly or did on the spur of the moment."
Eventually, Mr Ratcliffe was allowed to continue his journey to Kuala Lumpur, but faced further questioning when he landed.
"The whole experience has been a shock - it has been upsetting and a waste of my time. I’m not taking it further, but when I saw they had accused me of speaking disrespectfully about Buddhism, I had to put my side of the story", he said.

'i mean, i still don't really give a shit whether or not they were offended by my imperialist tattoo, i just can't decide if i'm more insulted that they wouldn't let me into their country to 'appreciate' the rest of their heritage, or that they think they can tell me what i don't know about buddhism'.
fucks sake, man.  #whitegirlsinheaddresses

BBC News - Tourist ‘upset’ at Buddha tattoo row

A British tourist is “shocked and upset” after being deported from Sri Lanka for displaying a Buddha tattoo on his arm, he says.

Antony Ratcliffe, 42, from Nottingham, was turned back at Colombo’s main airport on Friday for allegedly showing a lack of respect for Buddhism.

The authorities are tough on perceived insults to Buddhism - the religion of the island’s majority ethnic Sinhalese.

But Mr Ratcliffe says the “inoffensive” body art was meant as a tribute.

[…]

"They took my passport and held me there for an hour and a half. All the time they were bringing people in to look at my arm, and they were shaking their heads.

"I was explaining my case, pleading basically, and the chief officer just told me to ‘shut up, shut up’ and he refused to talk to me."

"I like the artwork in tattoos obviously and, due to my belief in Buddhist philosophy which I have followed for many years, I thought a quality tattoo of the Buddha was rather apt.

"It wasn’t something I took lightly or did on the spur of the moment."

Eventually, Mr Ratcliffe was allowed to continue his journey to Kuala Lumpur, but faced further questioning when he landed.

"The whole experience has been a shock - it has been upsetting and a waste of my time. I’m not taking it further, but when I saw they had accused me of speaking disrespectfully about Buddhism, I had to put my side of the story", he said.

'i mean, i still don't really give a shit whether or not they were offended by my imperialist tattoo, i just can't decide if i'm more insulted that they wouldn't let me into their country to 'appreciate' the rest of their heritage, or that they think they can tell me what i don't know about buddhism'.

fucks sake, man.  #whitegirlsinheaddresses

 
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    what fresh fucking hell is this white britons can be buddhists, but that does not make their opinions about what...
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    did you miss the part where he got the tattoo in a country with a majority-buddhist population or what like what did he...
  6. demonicjeremy reblogged this from caligulasterrarium and added:
    I’m looking at it from a viewpoint of who is more intertwined with the culture itself. If he went there to learn more of...
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    LOL IF U WHITE THEN YOU DESERVE NO ELIGHTENMENT AND DESERVE TO REINCARNATE FOREVER HAVE FUN NOT REACHING NIRVANA WHITE...
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    Nah. Because her advocacy makes absolutely no difference what so ever. Only the officials in Sri Lanka have the power in...
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    I love how people on Tumblr are okay with this because the guy is white. They are totally cool with a guy being treated...
  13. sailorinky reblogged this from doodlecrackstar and added:
    As a white woman with a Buddhist tattoo myself, I find this sad. To have judgement passed on your sincerity of belief?...
  14. e8u reblogged this from bluerealta and added:
    To be fair, advocating for the totalitarian tattoo police is pretty scary no matter who is doing it, and if you happen...
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    I’m not sure about the Sri Lankan view on this, but it may be a culture clash. In East Asian culture tattoos are still...
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    Also, doing this to the guy wasn’t very Buddhist…like honestly…
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