THE story we posted recently — Kansas City: Evolution T-Shirts Banned — has been making the rounds, and because of high-powered bloggers like PZ Myers the subject has been getting national attention. The story is about a moronic bureaucrat’s decision (at least one redundant word there) to confiscate a high school band’s T-shirts because they featured a cartoon of a monkey evolving into a man.
The reason we’re writing again about this locally embarrassing idiocy is because a follow-up story we found today is so amusing (in a twisted way) that it could stand on its own merits. It appears at the website of a TV station, KOMU of Columbia, Missouri, located near ground zero of the T-shirt controversy. The station is an NBC affiliate owned by the University of Missouri, and it serves as a training ground for their School of Journalism. That explains a lot.
Anyway, here’s the story: High School Becomes Focus of Media Attention. The bold font was added by us:
SEDALIA – The school’s marching band is really striking a chord. A new logo designed for the band’s “Brass Evolutions” fall program t-shirt is generating world-wide attention.
“Striking a cord” isn’t bad. Not great, but that’s okay. Let’s read on:
The shirt has images of Darwin’s famous theory of evolution picture.
Darwin’s famous picture? That’s a catastrophically stupid sentence. The image is a cartoon, nothing more. We continue:
Each figure transforming from monkey to human is holding a different brass instrument to symbolize the evolution since the 1960s of the brass pieces.
Co-owner and co-creater [sic] of the shirt’s design, Jack H. Lewis, says he cannot believe the feedback he’s gotten. “This is nation-wide coverage. We’re getting requests from different countries for this shirt. Every state in the union there’s probably someone wanting a shirt. What can I say? People dream of this kind of exposure.”
Journalism student can’t spell? Can’t even use spell-check? Anyway, at least there’s a happy T-shirt designer out there, so a bit of good has come from all this. Here’s more:
One local woman has friend’s [sic] overseas requesting their own personal shirt [sic].
That was quite a sentence. We already know that journalism schools don’t require any knowledge of history, economics, the US Constitution, or science, but one would expect that they’d at least teach the proper use of the apostrophe. And what’s with all those overseas friends requesting a shirt (singular)? Moving along:
However, despite the high demand for the shirt, School Board officials have recalled the shirts from the band program. The evolution logo offended some parents and local Sedalian’s [sic].
The first apostrophe blunder wasn’t a typo. What we’re dealing with here is … well, let’s not describe the obvious. Instead, we’ll read one last excerpt:
Much controversy has surrounded the issue since the shirt’s debut.
School Board officials bought the shirts back from the band program for $700. Students are no longer allowed to wear them and the band director is currently designing a new shirt.
Okay, class, now what have we learned? We’ve learned that journalism school is about as much about education as, say, stewardess school. Both teach grooming, makeup, and personal deportment. But let’s not dwell on that.
Here’s the main reason we’re posting this today — there’s a high school band in desperate need of a new logo. We feel their pain. As a Curmudgeonly public service we want them to know that they can find what they need here: “Teach the Controversy” T-Shirts. Check the place out. They’ve expanded their offerings since we wrote about the site a year ago, so it’s definitely worth another look.
Hey, they even have a TimeCube shirt. Maybe the journalism school could get some inspiration from that.
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