State Department APOLOGIZES, Offers ‘Free Therapy’ For ‘Triggered’ Staffers Who Were Misgendered In Email ‘Pronoun Glitch’
The State Department has issued an apology after it misgendered some of its employees in an apparent email glitch on Friday.
They are blaming tech for the mishap – which misgendered staffers with random pronouns – and are now offering free therapy to anyone who felt “hurt or upset” by the late week email.
The State Department is offering free therapy to anyone who felt "hurt or upset" after a system glitch assigned random pronouns to staff membershttps://t.co/kEqcrX4AgZ
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) May 22, 2023
State Department offers counseling to employees who were misgendered. You can’t make this uphttps://t.co/rdRbtJsSUF
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) May 19, 2023
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
Many State Department employees were “triggered” on Thursday, when emails from colleagues suddenly began to include random pronouns, like, “She/her/hers” and “He/Him/His” in the “from” line.
The pronouns were randomly assigned, with men being given female pronouns and vice versa, due to a “pronoun glitch” in the department’s system…
Those upset by the misgendering are encouraged to contact the State Department’s Employee Consultation Service “to speak to a professional counselor.”
Oh, the horror. The State Department’s chief information officer, Kelly E. Fletcher, wrote in a another email that she is “very sorry.” Adding that the intent behind the problematic email was to make staffers feel more included.
She emphasized it was not intended to “make decisions” for staff members – referring to their pronouns of choice.
“I deeply regret the confusion and distress this mistake caused our workforce,” Fletcher concluded.
The State Department’s Bureau of Information Resource Management (IRM) is aware of the recent issues with user profiles on Microsoft Outlook and working to remedy the situation. This change was unintentional and the bureau is working to correct this immediately.
— Matthew Miller (@StateDeptSpox) May 18, 2023
Obviously, the State Department is doing everything it can to rectify and apologize for the incident before the alphabet mafia comes for revenge.
After the story initially broke, Twitter was rampant with accounts mocking the institution over its quick backtracking and apology tour. With many accounts slamming the State Department over its obsession with inclusion and, above all, wokeness.
Imagine being “triggered” over a stupid office email. This news reads like satire.
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