Daily Mail Censors The Word “Tits,” But Publishes Uncensored Photo Of Model’s ‘Nip Slip’
12:16 pm, February 10th | by Amy Tennery
Today in headscratchers: Daily Mail published a story today in which it censored the word “tits” — while, just an hour earlier, it published an uncensored photo of a woman’s unintentionally exposed chest. Huh.
Let’s start from the beginning. First of all, there’s the Daily Mail’s story showing why R-rated jokes have no place in rough drafts of official government memos.
A state official at the Oklahoma Insurance Department (a.k.a., something someone’s taxes pay for) decided it would be hilarious to post a joke in the middle of a memo. At least that’s what we think happened.
The emailed document was seeking nominations for “the 2012 National Tornado Preparedness Summit.” To be fair, this sounds like an incredibly dry task. And yet, no, there is no real excuse for what happened next.
Among the awards outlined, including the “Governor’s Award” and “Distinguished Service Award,” was the “Insurance Commissioner’s Award.” And I’m not entirely sure whether the author’s description of this particular prize was a dig against women or… uhh, the commissioner:
“Insurance Commissioner’s Award: Presented to the girl with the biggest tits.”
OID has apologized, said it was a draft that no one was ever supposed to see, they employ 15-year-olds, blah blah blah and now we’re forced to reckon with the outlandish concept that gross people exist in the world.
But the mystery doesn’t end there.
When the Daily Mail first dug up this story it blurred out the letter “i” in the word “tits.” Sure.
So then — moving onto story number two — why did they publish an uncensored photo (with no NSFW reference!) of the “moment a model’s dress slips to reveal nipples on New York catwalk?” (NSFW!)
The model, according to the paper’s own caption, is “blissfully ignorant” of the fact that her chest is exposed — and probably also unaware that she’ll later be a point-and-giggle target for a bunch of editors too squeamish to publish a slang term for her private parts, which they’ll happily broadcast to their readers.
Did I miss the part in Strunk & White where it says “Word ‘tits,’ not okay. Actual picture of tits, acceptable”? Or is the lesson that “tits” are ok — so as long as they’re designed to (excuse the pun) titillate?