February 24, 2015

May I suggest a Word-a-Day calendar?

One of the local morning show anchors here made national news complaining about Lady Gaga's performance at the Oscars. I don't know if anyone saw Lady Gaga sing, but she did a very well done, extremely traditional medley of songs from The Sound of Music. In a fluffy white dress surrounded by an orchestra and later a small men's choir. Yet, when asked her opinion, Kristi Capel said she thought it was too "jigaboo." To her black co-anchor. Without batting an eye.
She has (of course) since apologized saying that she had no idea the word was a racial slur. I actually believe her, primarily because there was nothing at all "jigaboo" about that performance. It was pretty much as white as possible (with the exception of maybe one or two choir members).
However, that doesn't let her off the hook for stupid. Is it too much to ask that our news anchors have a passing familiarity with the words they speak?

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