July 1, 2008

"Asked how he felt, Homosexual said: ‘A little fatigued.’"

Search-and-replace idiocy aimed at Tyson Gay — AKA Tyson Homosexual.
It's a bit ironic that a right-wing news site [The American Family Association] was the perpetrator of an exuberant search-and-replace, since this phenomenon is typically associated with journalistic PC-ism: everyone seems to know about the apocryphal case of a newspaper changing "back in the black" to "back in the African American."

IN THE COMMENTS: Chip Ahoy writes:
Did you know American Family Association hired me to help edit history? Well they did!

I'm particularly pleased with font selection, adaption, bendage and fading. All that requires teh mad skillz.

20 comments:

Bissage said...

Is this where we’re supposed to go?

Salamandyr said...

It's pretty much the same thing: a sort of right wing political correctness. I used to do it when writing about gay issues-replace gay with homosexual, as to me it sounded more neutral, and "scientific". Later on I realized what I was really doing neutralizing the warm humanity of "gay" for the really dehumanizing, "homosexual" (it sounds like a disease). So I stopped. I doubt Dobson will.

MadisonMan said...

Thank you for the correct link. That is hilarious.

And sad that a news organization is so afraid.

Bissage said...

I'm from the blogosphere and I'm here to help.

AlphaLiberal said...

Blame Jesus. He ran around preaching here, preaching there against homosexuals. It was all he talked about.

Oh, wait.... he never said a word about homosexuality. That's just some of his lost "followers" who are telling us it was a big issue with the Big Guy.

Jesus was all about love your neighbor and don't judge lest you be judged. Hippie.

Ann Althouse said...

Thanks, Bissage. Fixed now.

Chip Ahoy said...

In other news, the Enola Gay has been renamed. Asked to comment on the phenomenon, Gay Talese poses another question "How did they know?"

George said...

It could be worse.

Infinity Hubbard.

Goblin Fester.

Cheese Ceaser.

Lotta Beers.

Paddy O. said...

Jesus was all about love your neighbor and don't judge lest you be judged.

Just don't love them in 'that' way. Don't even look at someone else. No lusting! That's sermon on the mount stuff.

He was a very conservative Jewish man--somethings were just assumed in the culture. Moral commentary usually emphasizes the areas of contention.

Jesus said don't judge, which is true. That's wrong. But he didn't take away personal responsibility. Go and sin no more, he said to the woman.

Dobson's obsession misses the point of the teachings of Jesus, no doubt about that. But Jesus can't be turned around and made to seem like he was wishy-washy on sexuality. He was significantly more strict, as a matter of fact. So strict we have enough to worry about for ourselves. And in taking care of our own issues we resonate an example rather than judgment.

Pogo said...

It's what happens when the moronic consistency of ideology combines with software that compels the a stupid error not just once but over and over again.

Like the cutesy ineffectual renamings Freedom Fries or Liberty Cabbage, but multiplied into the thousands by algorithms.

While cause for laughter, these manipulations, like Google's systematic search-and-destroy efforts, serve to deaden, opacify, obscure, and delete information. Like Pravda, only more effective.

John said...

I think it was at the insistence of that site that the Memphis Grizzlies, whose best player is Rudy Gay, quickly traded their first round draft pick Kevin Love last Friday. Thus avoiding the Gay-Love era in Memphis.

sonicfrog said...

If this were the 1950's, the headline would have been changed to:

"Happy guy eases into 100 final..."

I just went to the web site in question. Looks like they sent the article to a reorientation facility - Tyson is no longer a Homosexual.

Funny thing was, when I saw the headline a few few days ago "Gay Wins 100 Meter...", Momentarily I did think they were referring to a homosexual...

former law student said...

I read about a British African-American man in the Christian Science Monitor earlier this year. Made me rub my eyes a bit, till I realized the CSM must be running a global find and replace program for non-PC phrasings.

Chip Ahoy said...

Did you know American Family Association hired me to help edit history? Well they did!

I'm particularly pleased with font selection, adaption, bendage and fading. All that requires teh mad skillz.

chuck b. said...

Once after I submitted an article to the college newspaper, the editors ran an unnecessary spell-check, and changed an interviewee's name from Dunmeyer to Dumber.

It's funny now.


And, btw, the article had something to do with homosexuality or being gay. Or whatever.

AJ Lynch said...

Good one Chip! LOL.

The bomber pilot's mother's name was Enola Homosexual. A bit odd for that time.

Jim Hu said...

We had a bulletin board that automatically changed our late Vice President for Research's name from Dick Ewing to Thingy Ewing.

It's gone now.

Steven said...

The Old Testament specified the death penalty for (approximately) fifteen crimes. Looking at the list, as best I can recall, Jesus never addressed kidnapping, rape, premarital sex by women, male homosexual intercourse, bestiality, or incestuous marriage.

Accordingly, by AlphaLiberal's logic, we can assume Jesus didn't object to any of them, and no Christian should claim they're sinful.

Alternatively, we could assume that if nothing in the New Testament claims such prohibitions were lifted, that these sins, considered so terrible by the society Jesus lived in that they were punishable by death, still constitute sins in the religion Jesus preached.

As an atheist, I have no particular dog in this fight, but I find the AlphaLiberal-style reasoning ridiculous.

Kev said...

It could be worse.

Infinity Hubbard.

Goblin Fester.

Cheese Ceaser.

Lotta Beers.


As I said on an earlier thread, I went to college with a Robyn Banks. (Even worse, her middle initial was M; think "robbin' 'em banks" with the local Texas accent.)

We had a bulletin board that automatically changed our late Vice President for Research's name from Dick Ewing to Thingy Ewing.

It's gone now.


The bulletin board is gone? Or poor Mr. Ewing's thingy?

*shudder*

PatCA said...

Oh, thank you for that photoshop, LOL!