In his apology obtained by The Herald, Petroski writes:
“Listen, I wrote the article. I (messed) up. It was a stupid thing to do and a stupid topic to even tread on, and I apologize to everyone I’ve hurt. I wasn’t writing this to try and hurt people though. I was trying to point out that people don’t give a damn about anything in a paper besides something they can rally around. It looks like I succeeded, especially with our front page. That doesn’t excuse what I did. I should have used a much less touchy pseudo-subject to do this with. Like animal rights** or something like that …”
Points for acknowledging you fucked up and not using the “I apologize IF I hurt anyone” formulation, but learn to shut the fuck up once you’ve issued the apology. Because you’ve now just dug yourself deeper into the hole.
Rape is a “pseudo-subject”? For real?
Look, Petroski. I know rape isn’t something you think much about except as a subject of mockery because it’s something you yourself don’t really have to worry about, but it’s in no way a “pseudo-subject.” It’s very real, and very harmful. And it’s a huge problem on college campuses, including yours. It’s something women live with every single day. It’s something many women are re-living because of you and your frat-boy sense of “humor.”
Just because your ass is chapped over the fact that people reacted more strongly to your misogynist hit piece than to an article YOU think is more important (like dollar coins) doesn’t mean that rape is a trivial subject. Just because YOU have made it clear that you think that women are not real people does not mean that their concerns are trivial.
The Progressive Student Alliance (PSA), a CCSU student group, held a rally Thursday in outrage to the publication of the article.
Offended students have also protested Petroski’s controversial satire by vandalizing the area outside of the newspaper’s office and stealing property.
“Their rally was laughable,” Rowan said. “They’re uneducated about freedom of speech and unorganized – they’re not channeling their anger in an appropriate manner. We’ve had to call the police several times today.”
Right, because you’re the expert on freedom of speech. So expert you don’t realize that you’re not the only one with freedom of speech, or that the exercise of free speech does not shield you from the consequences of airing your half-baked opinions. Even when those consequences include people telling you what a dumbass you are, demanding your resignation and asking that their student fees not be used to support your half-baked opinions. (The vandalism, not so much.)
And, please. Who are you to sniff about the proper way to channel anger? You still don’t get why people are angry in the first place.
Now, here’s a little surprise: the writer of the piece in the New Britain Herald quoted Chicklet’s comment here:
Internet bloggers let loose their own torrent of abuse Friday at Petroski, Rowan and The Recorder.
One blogger, “a proud CCSU graduate and former Recorder reporter,” wrote: “I am appalled and embarrassed for my alma mater. The school and the newspaper are much better than this, and I hope the editors are lambasted as much as the writer.
“Satire is a challenging genre to write and Petroski fell far short of the mark. To attempt satire on a horrific act and sensitive subject such as rape was incredibly arrogant. Unfortunately, he didn’t confine his attempt to an English paper that any professor would have rightly red-inked into oblivion.”
As I wrote to the reporter and the editor, it’s nice to see that people are reading Feministe, but responsible journalism requires that a) the distinction between commenters and bloggers be respected, and b) that quotes from blogs be attributed.
** Naive little bugger, isn’t he?
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