File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 82

Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2008 12:27:29 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Picnic

The version of the urban legend that  "picnic" is racist that I heard  
is that it was the unfortunate result of a university study to see how  
quickly rumors traveled on the internets.  Two college students posted  
that "picnic" cam from "pick a nigger" and referred to the fact that  
lynchings were a social gathering (false in and of its self by the  
way).  The fact that people actually believed the rumor is rather  
shocking as it is so easily disproved.  I first heard about it when  
Tiger Woods was criticized for either using the word or attending a  


On Nov 8, 2008, at 12:10 PM, Mary Horsley wrote:

> Watch the word "picnic" too.....I got brought down by an aide as it  
> being a
> racist word. LOL.....I went home and researched the term to find it  
> was a
> french word. The issue began with some professor at a university who  
> created
> the issue.
> Mary H.
> On 11/8/08 12:13 AM, "Ken Berman" <> wrote:
>> My immediate thought is that perhaps they confused the word  
>> "nincompoop" and
>> "pickaninny", which I have seen someone do recently and the speaker  
>> was
>> utterly confused by the listener's mistake.   Or perhaps they just  
>> did not
>> like the word "poop"...I like that word though.
>> Ken Berman
>> Dramaton Theater
>>> From:
>>> To:
>>> Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2008 22:33:45 -0500
>>> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Why are people so mean?
>>> Hi All;
>>>    Sorry but I have to vent a little. We had a lousy day. We had a  
>>> great
>>> show today but the audience was lousy (also a puppet lost his head  
>>> in the
>>> middle of the show)  and when we got home we got a nasty e-mail  
>>> from a
>>> school we performed at this week. What's up with people??????
>>>    To be more specific we did our show The Last Dragon , a show  
>>> about
>>> dealing with prejudice & intolerance on Wednesday, the day aftyer  
>>> the
>>> election. We are all happy that morning with the news of our new  
>>> president
>>> but the feeling left when we got to the school. Teachers were  
>>> grouchy and
>>> eyeing us like we had the plague. The Stage we were to perform was  
>>> not
>>> cleared, no one seeme to know we were coming and the teachers  
>>> acted like out
>>> show was wasting their time. But believe it or not the kids were  
>>> great and
>>> we had 2 awesome shows.
>>>    So we were suprised that in the e-mail our sponser said that the
>>> teachers thought that the intolerant character played by our  
>>> Wizard was "too
>>> intolerant" and that he said "bad words "like "nincompoop".
>>>    Why is that word suddenly bad??? I always thought of it as  
>>> funny, it's
>>> not like after a show kids go around and threaten each other with  
>>> that word.
>>> It's even used in a funny part of the show . Why do people think  
>>> that a
>>> villian shouldn't act like a villian!!!!!
>>>    I'm sorry as I said I needed to vent it's just I'm tired of  
>>> stupid
>>> people who come to a show just to rip it apart.
>>> Bye
>>> \Mark The Puppet people
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