Facepalm of the Day Award: University of Mary Washington finds the word “bullet” offensive and outdated [Darleen Click]
… so the student newspaper is changing its name from The Bullet to The Blue & Gray Press.
The student-run newspaper at the University of Mary Washington (UMW) is changing its name from The Bullet to The Blue & Gray Press over concerns that its original name carried violent connotations.
“The editorial board felt that the paper’s name, which alludes to ammunition for an artillery weapon, propagated violence and did not honor our school’s history in a sensitive manner,” the press release provided to Campus Reform states. “The board intends to remain faithful to the history our university stands upon, and we continue to honor this history both in a respectful and meaningful way.”
Alison Thoet, the paper’s editor-in-chief, told Campus Reform in an interview that the editorial board felt the old name was “a little outdated” and was more representative of the Fredericksburg, Va., community’s ties to the Civil War and not the school as a whole.
“In this day and age, no one really cares about the Civil War. We wanted something that was updated,” Thoet said.
Say what, Alison? The Civil War is more than 100 years old so — taking a page from Juice-box mafioso Ezra Klein — all the hip kitties can ignore it?
No word yet if UMW students will be petitioning Microsoft to remove “bullet lists” from Word.Tags: insanity, politically correct