It’s been said that irony died the day Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Well, let you be the judge of that after I relate the following story.
Hallmark Cards have published a new vocalised graduation card for physics graduates. The card's theme is the solar system and emphasises the power of the graduate to take over the universe, even the notorious energy-absorbing black holes. "The intent here is to say that this graduate is not afraid of anything," explained Hallmark spokesman Steve Doyal. At one stage the card vocalises "and you black holes, you are so ominous. Watch your back."
So what? You ask. So what?
Well, it seems the Los Angeles NAACP, not being too well up on astrophysics (now isn't that a surprise?), understood ‘black holes’ to be something altogether less cosmic. "That was very demeaning to African American women. When it made reference to African American women as whores and at the end, it says 'watch your back,'" said NAACP’s Leon Jenkins.
I kid you not. Check it out here.
You know, each time I doubt that the NAACP and their ilk could surpass themselves, I discover fresh evidence of their invincible ignorance. The level of which the gods themselves contend in vain.
Oh, just in case you were wondering. Once the local NAACP apparatchiks bared their rotting teeth at Hallmark, the cards were pulled from the shelves nationally. “In any situation where there is a circumstance that we need to be sensitive to, we try to learn from that experience," said Doyal, from his supine arse-up position on the floor.
Roll on the revolution.