August 21, 2014

Facepalm of the Day Award: University of Mary Washington finds the word “bullet” offensive and outdated [Darleen Click]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paper’s editor-in-chief, told Campus Reform in an interview that the editorial board felt the old name was “a little outdated” and was more representative of the Fredericksburg, Va., community’s ties to the Civil War and not the school as a whole.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?

How precious.

No word yet if UMW students will be petitioning Microsoft to remove “bullet lists” from Word.

Posted by Darleen @ 8:55am
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  1. Say, look at that: “in this day and age no one really cares. . . “! And this is how the Welt-Geist rules?

    Or maybe, on the other hand, the Welt-Geist too, “in this day and age” finds no-one who really cares? But wouldn’t that be weird, eh?

    Or maybe there is no ruling Welt-Geist, and never was? Hmmm

    But “updated” sure seems to ring true to the spirit of the modern, at least, which demands novelty, and seems to love nothing more than running roughshod over anything once established or traditional — but with the peculiar twist that this novelty is claimed as wisdom, that only the modern can be wise.

  2. “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.

    I am absolutely certain that the word “bullet” has never alluded to artillery ammunition.

  3. Greetings:

    “The Blue and Gay” would have been nice, too.

  4. It loses a nice play on words “Bullet” and “bulletin”.

  5. Wait ’til somebody points out where the gray in “The Blue & Gray” comes from.

  6. If only the victors in the lopsided Battle of Fredricksburg, what’s the worry?

  7. Should renamed it the Projectile

    after the vomitus it offers up, of course.

  8. “Bullet points” is offensive now? I guess MS will be pushing me an Office patch to fix that.

  9. They should change it from the bullet to the warhead. Much more modern.

  10. “I see you’re trying to traumatize the emotionally fragile by highlighting your so-called ‘facts’ with offensive symbols of aggression commonly referred to as ‘bullet points’ (which are bad) without so much as prefacing your hateful exercise in patriarchal hetronormativity and social injustice with a ‘trigger warning’ (which is good).

    Would you like help with that?”

  11. Well we all know that a surveyor’s frustum of a cone used to show top view is now also a sniper scopes cross hairs or possibly an old-timwy bombardier’s mark when it is used by a tea party cnadidate.

  12. “In this day and age, no one really cares about the Civil War. We wanted something that was updated,” Thoet said.

    Keep it up, asswipe. You’ll be rewarded for your foul leftist creed sooner than later I fear.

    #Caring

  13. I find most of my fellow Americans offensive these days.

  14. I find most of my fellow Americans offensive these days.

    These days? Hell, I came to the conclusion that most of my neighbors are full of crap ages ago. I was about 17 years old when it became apparent that things didn’t get better when you were interacting with grownups, and they were just as ignorant and cruel and shallow as all the idiots I’d been stuck in high school with. I felt as though a lifelong promise had been broken.

    Turned me bitter, it did.

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