Sacre bleu! French Embassy ruthlessly mocks AP for saying labels like 'the French' are 'dehumanizing' in viral tweet
The French Embassy in the US has joined thousands ruthlessly mocking the Associated Press Stylebook for its suggestion that referring to ‘the French’ is ‘dehumanizing.’
The tweet, which has since been taken down, had been viewed 23 million times, shared by 18,000 Twitter users and racked up more than 9,000 comments, according to the New York Post.
The tweet posted to the APStylebook Twitter read: ‘We recommend avoiding general and often dehumanizing ‘the’ labels such as the poor, the mentally ill, the French, the disabled, the college educated.’
‘Instead, use wording such as people with mental illnesses. And use these descriptions only when clearly relevant.’
The French Embassy were quick to respond sharing an image suggesting they may have to change their name to the ‘Embassy of Frenchness in the US’ captioning the post ‘I guess this is us now.’
Writer Sarah Haider also joined in to poke fun at the news organization tweeting: ‘I agree with this. Nothing as dehumanizing as being considered one of the French.’
‘Rather, such individuals should be thought of as ‘suffering from Frenchness’ and deserve our compassion and prayers,’ she finished.
American comedian and political commentator, Jon Stewart, quipped: ‘I believe the correct AP label is ‘the/those f****** French.’
AP advertises its stylebook as a ‘must have reference for writers, editors, students and professionals’ and is used by most newspapers in the United States.
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