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Oct. 30th, 2012 | 02:05 pm

Since everyone's talking about Sandy Sandy now, I decided to read up on the whole thing myself. I was rather surprised by the following passage in the Wikipedia article, though:

Some media outlets began referring to the expected combination of the tropical system and storm front under the nickname "Frankenstorm." As coverage continued, many outlets began eschewing this term in favor of "superstorm", with CNN in particular declaring an embargo on the use of the term "Frankenstorm" in its reporting, citing sensitivity concerns.

"Sensitivity concerns"? What, are they afraid of offending Frankenstein's monster?

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archadia

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from: archadia
date: Oct. 30th, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
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No, they're afraid of a) offending the anti-Halloween groups or b) making the storm seem less serious for those who lost lives.

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Mikazo

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from: mikazo
date: Oct. 30th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
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They should call it Super-ultra-mega-death-storm. Of all the things that sounds, serious is definitely one of them.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Oct. 30th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
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Might be an idea — after THAT, I'm sure people would beg them to go back to "Frankenstorm". :P

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Oct. 30th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
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they're afraid of [...] making the storm seem less serious for those who lost lives.

Ah, that would make sense.

Anti-Halloween groups, though? Do those exist, and does anyone actually take them serious, and serious enough for that matter to not use the term "Frankenstorm" when referring to hurricane Sandy (where any connection to Halloween is strenous at best)? o.o

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archadia

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from: archadia
date: Oct. 31st, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
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Anti-Halloween in that people are not only against celebrating Halloween, against /other/ people celebrating it. Usually it's religious groups, Like Jehovah's witnesses, but there are people more extreme that want to ban everything to do with Halloween, including movies and products and even costumes and trick-or-treating.

(Basically they think it's Pagan and they think Pagan is evil and wrong.)

Edited at 2012-10-31 05:06 pm (UTC)

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Oct. 31st, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
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*nods* Mmm, OK. So, DOES anyone take them serious?

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archadia

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from: archadia
date: Nov. 1st, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
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Sadly, some do. It results in some communities banning costuming in public (including fursuits /any/ time of year) and trick-or-treating. Like I said before, these people would not even think about banning Christmas holiday traditions just because it was associated with a religion, but think that Halloween is 'wrong' and 'Satanic'. Sometimes this place is so backwards it's maddening.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Nov. 1st, 2012 10:31 am (UTC)
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*nods*

some communities banning costuming in public (including fursuits /any/ time of year) and trick-or-treating.

I'm surprised that's even legally possible. (Granted, costuming and trick-or-treating aren't explicitely mentioned in the US Constitution, but nonetheless, it seems a little strange that communities in the USA of all places could place more or less arbitrary restrictions on people's conduct.)

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archadia

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from: archadia
date: Nov. 1st, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
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They argue it is a security threat.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Nov. 1st, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
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"If children are free to dress up as pirates and go from door to door to collect taffy and mooncakes, the terrorists will have won!"


Edited at 2012-11-01 06:01 pm (UTC)

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archadia

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from: archadia
date: Oct. 31st, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
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Ironically, these people would not do away with Christmas.

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