Via Drudge, this doozy:
Miami city leaders are apologizing for a news release that invited summer campers to a ”Ghetto Style Talent Show” and ”Watermelon Eating Contest.”
The release said that children participating in the summer camp who “know the meaning of ghetto style” would have a chance to “prove just how ghetto they are.”
Members of the black community expressed outrage at the wording of the invitation to the talent show. The show will be part of the grand finale picnic for the city’s summer camp program to be held Friday at Hadley Park.
After being criticized by residents of the nearby Model City neighborhood and community leaders, Miami Parks Director Ernest Burkeen, who is black, released a formal apology and announced the renaming of the talent show.
The show will now be called the “Funky Talent Show,” according to Burkeen’s written statement. The watermelon contest will still be part of the event.
Even though the name has been changed, Burkeen did still continue to defend the choice of the name for the show.
“The word ‘ghetto’ was used to imply a down home show, not something offensive, but embracing the culture of today’s youth and their language,” he said.
Priceless. When people get pissed- change the name, but keep the ‘watermelon eating contest.”
Personally, I would pack up an move, because I would not want to live in a city where NOT ONE PERSON THOUGHT THIS WAS A BAD IDEA DURING THE PLANNING STAGES. I don’t think it takes a PhD. in cultural sensitivity to recognize that this might, just possibly, be perceived as offensive.