File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 84

Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2008 12:45:30 -0500
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Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Picnic

I didn't even try to disapprove my aide........I figured she wouldn't
believe me! It is shocking what people will believe!

On 11/8/08 12:27 PM, "Jon Green" <> wrote:

> 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
> picnic!
> Jon
> 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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