Monterey Bay Aquarium in California apologized after a failed attempt to use Internet humor to call a sea otter fat and garner publicity was met with accusations of racism, sexism, and fatphobia.
The trouble started for Monterey Bay Aquarium when some well intentioned soul made a cute tweet using meme lingo to make fun of an overweight sea otter. Monterey Bay composed the tweet in the form of a poem, calling the otter a “thicc girl,” “an absolute unit,” and concluded the tweet with “Another Internetism!”
Abby is a thicc girl
What an absolute unit
She c h o n k
Look at the size of this lady
OH LAWD SHE COMIN
Another Internetism ! pic.twitter.com/s5fav2gu09
— Monterey Bay Aquarium (@MontereyAq) December 18, 2018
The tweet was immediately met with enormous praise, only for sharply worded criticisms from the social justice warriors on the left to ruin the Internet’s fun yet again. After a college professor used her now-private Twitter account to accuse the Monterey Bay Aquarium of “basically comparing Black women to animals.”
Other Twitter users said that even though they could see nothing wrong with the tweet, they would go ahead and remain angry since others are able to find reasons to.
When I 1st saw this, I thought "This is kinda appropriating AAVE." But I wasn't sure. I've seen POC now saying that it is, so I'm going to support them in saying that this is not appropriate. I'm sure this was done without malice, but this is a chance to learn & do better.
— Melissa Flora (@spunkyblah) December 19, 2018
While users found a variety of reasons to be angry at the Twitter post, the most frequent complaints seemed to be that the aquarium was “appropriating” a certain way of speaking, and that the aquarium was comparing African American women to animals.
Until we address our underlying racist systems it will continue to feel weird and gross to make jokes out of the vernacular of marginalized people. And it should.
— Katie ???????????? (@kejtia) December 20, 2018
Even though the support seemed to outweigh the backlash, the aquarium later followed up with an apology, fessing up to referencing “African American Vernacular English (AAVE),” and admitting they “need to do better.”
Hey everyone. It has come to our attention that some of the references in this tweet are problematic and insensitive. We're posting here in the thread so that people who have engaged with this tweet will join us in our learning moment. 1/4
— Monterey Bay Aquarium (@MontereyAq) December 19, 2018
The hilarious notion of an aquarium publicly apologizing for calling a nursing zoo animal fat and attempting to engage with young fans on social media has caught fire in 2018, with famous YouTuber Count Dankula, who faced legal charges after teaching a pug to salute Hitler, calling it “Peak 2018.”
Having to apologize for calling an otter fat is peak 2018. pic.twitter.com/HiHG6LLdh2
— Count Dankula???????????????????????????? (@CountDankulaTV) December 20, 2018
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President Trump Rejects Paying For Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Private Security
The royal celebrities will foot the bill.
President Trump made it clear on a Sunday tweet that British royals Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would have to pay for their own security costs upon moving full-time to the United States, clarifying that they wouldn’t receive federal security under an existing arrangement that covers British royals temporarily visiting the US.
I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom. It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada. Now they have left Canada for the U.S. however, the U.S. will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2020
The royal celebrities have distanced themselves from the Queen, apparently viewing themselves as victims of relentless paparazzi and media attention.
Harry and Markle initially moved to Canada after resigning from the royal family, but they’ve recently moved to Hollywood just before the Canadian border was closed to nonessential travel due to the Chinese coronavirus epidemic. The elitist couple apparently plans on reinventing themselves as American-style celebrities, and have hired a small army of media consultants and public relations agents to market their image.
When information of their move to Los Angeles became public knowledge, many began to speculate if they’d recieve taxpayer-funded security in a manner akin to British royals visiting the United States on official state vists. President Trump’s Sunday tweet appears to eliminate that possibility.
The thirteen colonies that became the United States rebelled against the yoke of the British monarchy for a reason. President Trump’s decision to cut off the wannabee celebrities from publicly-funded security is a deeply American decision. The UK’s monarchy is one of the wealthiest legacy institutions in the western world, and it would be absurd to imagine that it can’t afford to hire private security for the ‘former’ royals, who are set to fully renounce their royal obligations at the end of the month.
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