The Global Picnic Offensive

What happens when you are in the cult of the perpetually offended and you’ve run out of things to get offended over? You start looking for them in the most unexpected places.

They could be hiding under a rock, or up an evergreen tree or sitting right next to you, innocently munching away on some crisps instead of paying attention to you droning on and on and on…

From Yahoo News:

A COUNCILLOR has hit out at colleagues for having “picnics” during meetings in the Bournemouth Town Hall chamber.

East Cliff and Springbourne ward councillor Anne Filer said she found the conduct of some elected members “personally offensive”.

The Conservative elected member asked BCP Council’s audit and governance committee if it could be stressed that food should only be consumed in a “discreet” fashion during meetings.

“Some members here tonight and some members of the council will find this completely irrelevant,” Cllr Filer said.

“Where I sit we have a series of picnics which are taking place during council meetings and I am really not kidding.

“We have a bag and out comes all sorts of things and personally I find this offensive and particularly if it is being held in the council chamber in the Civic Centre in Bournemouth where that room is used for other things – weddings, celebrations, funerals, all sorts of things.

Now I know what you’re thinking, and you’d be right. Apparently, in Britain they call lunch ‘picnic’ for some reason. Yet Anne Filer has committed the most grievous offense in using the word ‘picnic’ because I guess she didn’t get the memo that it’s on the list of things not to ever say again or you’re definitely a racist:

Picnic“: An outing or occasion that involves taking a packed meal to be eaten outdoors
Why you should stop using it: Although not taught in American learning institutions and literature, it is noted in most Black history professional circles and literature that the origin of the term “picnic” derives from the acts of lynching African-Americans. The word “picnic” is rooted in the whole theme of “Pick A Ni**er.” This is where individuals would “pic” a Black person to lynch and make this into a family gathering. There would be music and a “picnic.” (“Nic” being the white acronym for “ni**er.”)
Alternative: “Gathering or barbeque”

Okay, granted, this is an American thing but that doesn’t excuse her. We live in a global society now and we have to do our best not to offend anyone, anywhere on planet earth and beyond.

So, with that in mind, if we go back and change “picnic” out for the accepted alternative, “barbeque”, then it makes sense. Well, actually it doesn’t because who the hell would get offended over their coworkers breaking out some tasty bbq during a boring ass meeting?

Unless of course they didn’t share.

That would just be wrong.

What do you think? Is she nitpicking over nothing? Let me know in the comments!

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