Life is music: April 2, 2013, edition

It’s another rudieTuesday, which means another day where I equate a news event with a song!

Today, the AP officially removed “illegal immigrant” from acceptable terminology in its vocabulary. This is cool, because that kind of language (calling a person illegal — as though a human could inherently be taboo) is not cool.

In addition to coolness, this is interesting because, as much of the western world is aware, yesterday was April Fools Day. In accordance with the tradition of creating phony news stories to let the average consumer figure out what’s real and what’s a prank — a situation that is sometimes clear and sometimes leaves a bit too much gray area — one blog wrote an article with breaking news that the AP had stopped using this term.

While the article took it a step further and said the AP decided to swap out “illegal immigrants” for the much more politically correct “Pitbull* fans,” the fact still remains that the lede read, in part, that the AP executive board voted “to no longer use ‘illegal immigrant’ or ‘illegal’ in any of its news stories.” The next day, this happened in real life!

So here’s to you, the Latino Rebels, for writing one of the rare April Fools jokes that came true. And here’s to you, AP, for discontinuing a dehumanizing term. And here’s to you, The Menzingers, for writing the soundtrack to this week’s news story. Here’s to your song that describes a story repeated, and the red ink that is sure to be metaphorically splattered across one more phrase in the story of a reporter who hasn’t kept up with the stylebook.

*Were you expecting a Pitbull video? If not, I’m sorry/you’re welcome!

  1. On behalf of all the Rebels, thank you so much for this post. I already told our admins to share on our networks. 🙂

    • Hey, thanks! So glad to hear you enjoyed it. This is definitely a story worth repeating!

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