Friday, September 5, 2008

LPGA Backs Off English Only Rule; Quasi-Fascism Apparently No Longer Cool

Posted By on Fri, Sep 5, 2008 at 3:18 PM

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Would she have been suspended for speaking in double-negatives? Just when we thought Nashville was setting a worldwide trend with our English Only initiative, it all goes to hell. In a startling turnabout today, it appears bagging on people who don't speak English is no longer cool. When we last left the women's golf tour, the LPGA, it had announced that it would suspend any player who could speak adequate English by next year. We never quite followed the logic, but it was seen as a direct attack on Asian golfers and women from California who use the word "dude" way too much. Alas, the LPGA -- which contains 121 foreign players from 26 countries -- apparently wasn't pleased by the blowback, since the rule may have violated anti-discrimination, and seemed a lot like something Mussolini would have thought up. So today, the league backpedaled, saying it would henceforth only discriminate against players who refuse to wear spritely pastels and maintain bouncy yet manageable hair.

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