An Edmonton radio station apologized for an offensive tweet sent out Thursday, but that doesn't mean Twitter let them off the hook so easy.
In response to 630 CHED's poll question asking whether victims of sexual assault deserve any of the blame for what happens to them, Edmonton Twitter users united, turning anger and frustration into humour.
People used the hashtag #630CHEDpolls to suggest equally offensive questions, highlighting just how misguided the station's original poll was.
The suggestions touched on sensitive issues throughout history:
Controversial question: when slavery was in fashion, was it or was it not the fault of the slaves that they were held captive? #630ChedPolls
— Julie Rohr (@JulieRohrYEG) April 10, 2014
Which country's children make the best clothes? #630CHEDPolls
— SirFozz (@SirFozz) April 10, 2014
To the silly and absurd:
— Baby Face-Palm (@Happy_Pants72) April 10, 2014
Is it tacky for animals to wear fur in summer months and indoors? #630ChedPolls
— wallid Salmomn (@Wallids) April 10, 2014
630 CHED has since deleted the tweet, explaining on Twitter that the poll was inspired by a recent panel discussion about rape culture where victim blaming was discussed.
“People will say things like, maybe if she hadn’t gone out that late at night, or maybe if she wasn’t dressed a certain way this sort of thing wouldn’t happen to her. Basically it boils down to objectification of the victim, and the focus being very much on the complainant rather than on the actions of the accused and their behaviour," Staff Sgt. Shawna Grimes explained to CHED.
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