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Friday, January 27, 2023

The AP finds the word 'The' offensive to the French, the college-educated and the poor

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that The AP finds the word 'The' offensive to the French, the college-educated and the poor. 

The AP Stylebook’s Twitter account, which usually posts guidelines on reporting, officially recommended on Thursday to avoid "'the' labels" when referring to groups including, for some reason, "the French."

"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. And use these descriptions only when clearly relevant," the tweet read.

Several Twitter users quickly swarmed and attacked the tweet for what many considered a ridiculous suggestion as well as an oddly-worded statement.

"Should we stop referring to ‘the’ AP Stylebook and refer to 'a stylebook experiencing stupidity?'" MRC associate editor Nicholas Fondacaro wondered.

"'The AP' is run by children," RedState editor Kira Davis remarked.

People were especially tickled by the inclusion of "the French." "I wonder what people with French nationality, I mean, people who are from France and live there, or who live somewhere else but still identify with France, will make of this?" video game designer Jordan Mechner wrote.

Washington Post columnist Christine Emba suggested, "People experiencing Frenchness," "differently European" and "Eurodivergent" as alternatives.

Washington Examiner contributor Harry Khachatrian joked, "Unclear why it's preferable to refer to French people as ‘people with mental illnesses,’ rather than just calling them ‘The French.’"

Even the Embassy of France responded, writing, "I guess this is us now…" with a screenshot of the Twitter account changing its name to "Embassy of Frenchness in the US."

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. discussed the issue publicly for the first time at a news conference Monday. They argue that the course is a Trojan horse for "indoctrinating" students with a left-wing ideology under the guise of teaching about the Black experience and African American history (which is mandated in the state).

DeSantis' critics, including the White House, have accused him of censoring ideas he doesn't like, blocking African American studies in general and engaging in homophobia because the state refuses to allow the teaching of Black Queer Studies, which is one of the six points of concern (the others are Intersectionality, Movement for Black Lives, Black Feminist Literary Thought, The Reparations Movement and Black Struggle in the 21st Century).

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