Thursday, June 17, 2010
Alert - Black Holes Racist!
Yes, it is true, the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP forced Hallmark to pull from its shelves a graduation card the civil rights group deemed racist. Printed on the astronomy themed card, is dialogue such as, “Watch out, Saturn, this grad is gonna run rings around you!" And on the audio chip that plays once the card is opened, characters Hoops and Yoyo continue their riffing on all the things new graduates are going to do once they get out there to take on the universe... “And you black holes -- you're so ominous! And you planets? Watch your back!”
Hallmark calls the outrage a misunderstanding, claiming that the astronomy theme emphasizes the power the graduate has to take over the universe, even energy-absorbing black holes. A Hallmark company spokesman explained “The intent here is to say that this graduate is not afraid of anything.”
The card has been around for three years and uses a common astronomical term "black holes," but because some people hear the word “Ho’s” or “whores,” it has to be pulled.
This situation speaks volumes about the sad state of the public’s awareness of science. OK, we can only use the term “Schwarzchild singularity” from now on. And what’s next, censorship of all kiddy books about the solar system that mention the planet Uranus? Come on, how ridiculous can people be?