Right-wing news sites and Facebook pages have written about a new 'trigger warning' placed on websites pertaining to the “National Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.”
According to the site, “This website deals with topics which may cause trauma to readers due to its troubling subject matter. The Government of Canada recognizes the need for safety measures to minimize the risks associated with traumatic subject matter.”
So, reading requires safety measures? Maybe if someone plans to print off sections. Papercuts can sting a bit.
“A national, toll-free crisis call line has been set up to provide support for anyone who requires assistance. This line is available free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 1-844-413-6649 if you or someone you know is triggered and needs help or support while reading the content on this website,” the disclaimer concludes.
American right-wing website MRCTV published a story about the 'trigger warning' attached to government websites.
They say, “The trigger warning is also on a website providing information on violence and abuse prevention programs targeted toward women and girls.
The trigger warning seems to be primarily implemented on websites that explicitly mention women and girls. For instance, a trigger warning does not appear on the #WelcomeRefugees government website, although the initiative discusses individuals fleeing war-torn Syria.”
Meanwhile, popular Facebook page Disdain for Plebs posted the story with the following caption, “Dude this isn't even a joke. I mean the Canadian government is a joke, but they seriously put a fucking hotline number on a national webpage that coddles people who are "triggered" by that they read.”
The top comment on MRCTV's story just about sums it up: This is genuinely embarrassing for Canada.
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