I haven't read Snuff (but I definitely will when it's in paperback) and I certainly don't mind spoilers but I haven't really read everything on here or links to all the other reviews unless I felt I needed to - to understand some of the points being made in this and the other Snuff threads...
So here's a totally objective view because the only reason I'm not going to read Snuff yet is because I'm not so eaten up with excitement that I'm shelling out for the hardback.
I don't know whether anyone's mentioned this so far (because I've not read all the comments religiously) but has anyone brought up India and the Dalits
(Untouchables) - and why
they were regarded as untouchables?
From what you're discussing now it sounds very much like the caste system - nothing to do with race so much as all to do with what the untouchables actually DID - which was mostly to do with 'unclean' industries in that they worked in abbatoirs, as butchers and tanners (making leather or fabric which involves both blood and urine) and also in the shit or night-soil removal business as it more delicately called during the British Raj in much the same way as Harry King is King of the Golden River...
'Nuff said - in a hot country being around waste products and dead animals is not a way to make friends and influence people even though it's a dirty job but someone's got to do it etc
Along with the slavery issue this is simply another instance of people mistreating people who're 'different' - in this case smellier and very poor and so regarded as the dregs of society. Bottom feeders? The lowest of the low? Dole scum? The homeless?
With Discworld being relatively free of actual racism is it really that silly to find out that a species has to be bottom of the heap? Discworld is Roundworld after all - it just has different labels.
Meeps - poo is a very British obsession. We don't expect Europeans to 'get' how funny it is when it's just a natural function - that's the whole point really.
Everybody does it and yet we all have these silly hangups over it (in the UK anyway) and that's WHY it's funny because kids don't always get it either. Plus it doesn't get written about too much outside of fad diet or 'healthy' lifestyle books
No holds barred expositions therefore have outrageous and hilarious connotations for us as a socially 'taboo' topic in general