Traversing the minefield of woke is becoming increasingly more difficult as seen with an update to the AP Stylebook, which is used by many outlets in the media.
Turns out, The Associated Press is discouraging the use of the word “the” in certain contexts, explaining that it can be “dehumanizing.” No, seriously.
“We recommend avoiding general and often dehumanizing ‘the’ labels such as the poor, the mentally ill, the French, the disabled, the college-educated. Instead, use wording such as people with mental illnesses,” AP said in a tweet. “And use these descriptions only when clearly relevant.”
We recommend avoiding general and often dehumanizing “the” labels such as the poor, the mentally ill, the disabled, the college-educated. Instead, use wording such as people with mental illnesses. And use these descriptions only when clearly relevant.
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 27, 2023
The trolling came hard and fast, with the French Embassy in the US joining in on the fun by suggesting it would now have to change its title to “Embassy of Frenchness in the US.”
“I guess this is us now…,” the sarcastic tweet read:
I guess this is us now… https://t.co/YFybgfI2AB pic.twitter.com/LrKvgjiw1X
— French Embassy U.S. (@franceintheus) January 26, 2023
Liberal comedian Jon Stewart chimed in — Warning: Adult Language — with this offering: “I believe the correct AP label is ‘the/those f*cking French.'”
I believe the correct AP label is “the/those fucking French”
— Jon Stewart (@jonstewart) January 26, 2023
Here’s a sampling of other online responses from social media users who were quick to note the irony at play given the news agency’s name:
The f**k. https://t.co/b9bvpd7NWz
— saeger (@saegerart) January 27, 2023
Can you please avoid referring to yourself as “The” Associated Press. Instead use wording such as “Press who are Associated”. https://t.co/Cu9dUPbiUl
— Mike Taylor (@hammer_mt) January 27, 2023
Says *The* Associated Press https://t.co/6du0oAmCjZ
— The WJJ Hoge (@wjjhoge) January 27, 2023
“The college-educated” as a dehumanizing label. This has to be satire. https://t.co/2gnKjlvKMY
— Ryan Gruber (@ryangruber) January 27, 2023
Bringing the new episode of South Park to life.
“We’re in the future and in the future…”#SouthPark https://t.co/9CdOiVabmw
— I like who I am on Tw1tter. (@LostitNft) January 27, 2023
When is the rebrand coming pic.twitter.com/w7teFmZWLO
— Des Traynor (@destraynor) January 27, 2023
People with Simpson-ness pic.twitter.com/8CAT3uJQxl
— Owen Siebring (@owensiebring) January 26, 2023
where do we stand on this pic.twitter.com/FErQgzgwsI
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 26, 2023
People suffering from Frenchness is the implied answer…
— Lulu Cheng Meservey (@lulumeservey) January 27, 2023
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