November 10, 2017

NYC Subways Drop “Ladies and Gentlemen” Announcement Because It's “Offensive”

Kristin TateRebel Buzz Contributor

And this week's award for taking political correctness to insane new heights goes to: New York City’s subway system!

The Big Apple's Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), has dropped “ladies and gentlemen” from its audio announcements because it's "offensive."

MTA personnel have also been directed not to use the term. 

Apparently, saying "ladies and gentleman" is a trigger for individuals who don't identify as either a man or a woman. 

A bulletin was sent out six days ago to all NYC Transit staff telling them to immediately replace that salutation in their announcements with a list of acceptable words like passengers, riders or everyone.

“Please don’t use any greeting other than these,” the memo says. It also directs conductors on newer trains with automated announcements to override the prerecorded message with the updated, PC ones, until the agency can get them changed out.

The bulletin warns workers that line managers and train service supervisors will be monitoring them to make sure they don’t slip and use the verboten phrase.

“They are trying to be politically correct,” said station worker and Transport Workers Union Local 100 member Anthony Staley. “They are acknowledging that they have some transgender riders. They don’t want to offend anyone.”

Oy vey. 

There isn't evidence of even one person actually being "offended" by the saying "ladies and gentlemen," but that didn't stop the bureaucrats in New York City from creating more rules anyway. 

When is the madness going to end? Our society has become so obsessed with "inclusion" that New York City now has taxpayer-subsidized city workers tasked with being the PC police, looking for other workers who slip up and say the "offensive" term.

Don't these public officials have better things to do with their time?

Apparently not. 

Rather than focusing on issues that really affect everyday Americans, like taxes and the job market, many on the left continue to pander to low information voters with silly social issues like transgender bathrooms, confederate statue removals, and gay wedding cakes.

These issues are emotional and easy to understand, but have zero impact on the vast majority of working Americans.

The new MTA rules are just the latest example of a well-meaning measure to promote political correctness that does nothing but waste taxpayer dollars and distract from the pressing issues affecting millions of New Yorkers every day.

The announcement comes the same week that Danica Roem, a Democrat in Virginia, beat her Republican opponent and became the first transgender legislator in the state.  

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commented 2017-11-13 16:42:34 -0500
I have known a surprising number of genuinely trans-gendered people who for whatever reason have decided to live or become hormonal and/or surgically altered in order to live as the opposite sex. Whatever an adult wants to do with themselves is fine with me and in my opinion is really none of my business, so I have known several female to male and male to female people in various stages of transition. While this hardly makes me an expert by any means, I do know that all of these people known personally to me (and others in similar circumstances that they in turn know) have chosen specific genders, and so either term of ladies or gentlemen would apply to them. This is a PR stunt to appear more inclusive and leftist.
commented 2017-11-11 22:28:00 -0500
Subway Warning 2010: Ladies and Gentlemen , Please stand clear of the door !

Subway Warning 2017 : Human Beings, Please Stand Clear of the Door !

Subway Warning 2020 : Subway Blowing Up , Alahu Akbar
commented 2017-11-11 02:48:17 -0500
Taking to its logical conclusion, it would have got a bit “rambly” and long in delivery if they first had to acknowledge the 13 (?) or so genders standing on the platform!?!… Sorry; starting to lose count…
commented 2017-11-10 22:01:31 -0500
Yup, THINGS & Weirdos would be a good replacement! The lefty weirdo Libtards think they have a handle on everything, except themselves. Well, maybe if they took their hands OFF themselves – they’d have a better sense of reality?
Guess they don’t know that it was only their gender genes which were all mixed up!
commented 2017-11-10 21:11:29 -0500
DEBORAH GRAUPNER commented 5 hours ago
Man this world is getting crazier by the second!

Ain’t that the truth!
…but only in the real world.
In lefty progressive land everything is OK, ya know, don’t worry be happy, everyone is equal, diversity is our strength, the government will take care of it…I know, because the media tells me so and I trust Justin Trudeau to do what’s right for me…nothing to see here. Move along.
commented 2017-11-10 17:51:36 -0500
We heard this all before with the public space Christmas tree debate. More SJW madness.
commented 2017-11-10 17:23:30 -0500
Welcome to the 21st century, where Stupidity rules the day!
commented 2017-11-10 16:56:30 -0500
If anybody calls me or my dad or my brothers anything but “gentleman”, I will be offended.

If anybody calls my mother, wife or daughter anything but “lady”, I will be offended.
commented 2017-11-10 16:56:27 -0500
In which way is “Ladies and Gentleman” offensive?? It is the opposite of offensive.

I don’t think anyone was actually offended. Rather, the powers that be imagined that someone was offended. Ironically we end up with a less friendly, less courteous environment.
commented 2017-11-10 16:49:49 -0500
Just when you think the outrage industry is going to give it a rest for a while, another story comes along to remind everyone they will never be done…it has become a way of life!
The word police of the NYC transit system is a distraction, there are bigger issues at hand & leftists don’t want any attention to focus on real problems.
commented 2017-11-10 16:43:05 -0500
I’m thinking it’s the word “ladies” that is offensive to a certain cult and their left-wing minions!
commented 2017-11-10 16:27:53 -0500
Man this world is getting crazier by the second!
commented 2017-11-10 15:39:17 -0500
… “Ladies, gentlemen, and the gender confused” might cover it all.