Exotic means there, not here. Them, not us. You, but definitely not me. Exotic is a word defined by the speaker’s perspective, which assumes dominance and normalcy over the person being called exotic.
It’s a micro-aggression. It’s a backhanded compliment. And it’s simply inaccurate.
Sometimes English takes it a step too far, does something so brazen and shameless we can’t just let it slide.
Blame the French — and a little tactic called “dissimilation”