This Woman is Really Pissed About Us Using "Piss" in a Headline

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If she thought she was pissed angry before ...
Eric's post this morning about the shit storm controversy stirred up by Molly Forthright, a columnist for Fort Worth, Texas Magazine who came down firmly against mothers breast feeding their babies in church -- or pretty much anywhere else -- drew the usual pro- and anti-nip commenters. Yeah, we expected that. Lactation is up there with guns and abortion on the hot-button list. All us punks in the office were surprised, though, when we received a voice mail message from a reader who was particularly incensed by Eric's story, "Fort Worth Advice Columnist Pisses off Nursing Moms by Saying Breastfeeding in Church Is Icky," but for a different reason.

We were a little confused at first when she suggested that Forthright maybe should apologize, since Forthright does not work here and everyone at the Observer is very pro-breast, so I called her up to see exactly what had her so angry. Turns out, this lady really didn't like our use of the word "pisses" in the headline, which popped up in the news feed on her Yahoo homepage.

(You can listen to her voicemail here. )
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She calls the headline "the worst thing I have seen in a long time" and demands an apology.

"To use that kind of language is simply not right ...I did not believe that some kind of newspaper would put that out there as a headline," she said, wondering if we couldn't be just a little more classy. Obviously not, but we do have some advice for her: Try changing your Yahoo filter settings to "Puritan." They may have that. Dunno, really. Haven't checked out Yahoo since 1998.


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everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

I was going to issue an admonishment about not punching down, but... actually, I think Unfair Park is still lower than a random citizen.

Metroplexual
Metroplexual

Patrick,

I so miss Robert Wilonsky.  

This site has really lowered itself.  Blasting or should I say flaunting this woman's email message without even giving the reader the opportunity to hear it or not is a classless cheapshot. The use of the word piss in any kind of journalistic endeavor that is not a quote is also to me in very poor taste.  It's fine with me if you and many of your readers think it's cool but please know many of us think it a crude and out of place in serious or even OK journalism.  

If you disagree, no big deal,  but to use this woman's legitimate complaint as you do is patheticc. I wonder if you have adult supervision at your publication.

I'm suprised you didn't see if she had a relatibve busted for prostitution or who may have ran from a cop at the mall to dredge up and use to further your disrespect of this woman.


if6were9
if6were9

In England the woman would be drunk if pissed.......just saying. Sigh. OMG. LOL! 

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

"...OUR using..."  it's a freakin gerund, mr journalist, makes his money with the language.


set a better example.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

I hope she never reads my comments.

Piss Muther Fucker, Piss.

JackJett
JackJett

Best ever.  I want to Auto Tune it and put it out as a song.  Ms. Pike could very well be the next Chris Crocker (from Leave Britney Alone fame)

I love that she has this much time in her life to leave such a pissy message.   And now she has to read all these shitty comments,   This woman will double down on the Piss and before you know it Focus on the Family will be down here crawling up our azz.

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

Nicholson substitutes profanity and piss poor grammar for writing talent. 

JustSaying
JustSaying

I bet she is reading these comments. If you are, fine lady, I would like to recommend a quick google search for goatse, Mr Hands, and "2 girls 1 cup".

Bobtex
Bobtex

Well, you gotta admit that pretending that all your writers are adolescent boys who use vulgar language as often as they can because, well, because they can, is a poor substitute for, say, good writing.  But without that, then, what is the Dallas Observer?

If one seeks vulgar, one turns to the Dallas Observer.  It one seeks snark, one turns to D Magazine.  Admittedly there is some overlap, but I guess that is just a bonus for the reader.  If one seeks traditional journalistic excellence, then what the Hell are you doing on the Internet, anway?  Your day is gone.

Daniel
Daniel

"Could you not be a little more ... classy ... than putting something SO UGLY ONLINE?" 

Ms. Pike has a point. I would expect a little more decorum from the medium that gave us tub girl. 

MattL11
MattL11

"Can you not be a little more...classy?" 

She's clearly new to the Observer. You should send her a collection of Alice's columns as an apology gift. Sounds like she'd appreciate such a gesture. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

What the Fuck, she is mad about Piss, heaven forbid she read an Alice Laussade Headline

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

Jesus Fucking Christ!! Sandra Pike, don't you have a Highland Park luncheon to plan? FUCK!!

cynicaloldbastard
cynicaloldbastard

"the worst thing I have seen in a long time"

She must lead a very sheltered life.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Can you imagine what that woman would say if those women pissed instead of lactated? 

theslowpath
theslowpath

Can you set the audio so it doesn't auto-play everytime I refresh the Unfair Park home page?


Daniel
Daniel

@Metroplexual I admit I feel a little bad about making fun of this woman, since she was essentially courteous in her message. Maybe it was unnecessary taunting to include the offending word in the headline itself. But come on -- the phrase "pissed off" is the worst thing she's seen. In a long. Time. And she sounds like a character from a comedy sketch -- I'm still not entirely convinced it's not Amy Sedaris. 

Who the hell could keep this kind of greatness under his hat? Maybe Wilonsky could, but I couldn't. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

lol gotta admit you are consistent

JFPO
JFPO

@JustSaying You left out lemon party.

monstruss
monstruss

@Bobtex Judging by your comment, I take it you're a member of the Lemon Party? 

MattL11
MattL11

@ScottsMerkin I just noticed that we made basically the same joke, but you made it first. My apologies. 

Daniel
Daniel

@GuitarPlayer 

Nah, an HP woman would be more or less unflapped by mild vulgarity. Something tells me Ms. Sandra Pike lives out in the country somewhere and was only recently connected to the Internet through Hughes Net. Now she can watch that video everyone's been talking about!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

no worries, great minds think alike

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