Friday, February 6, 2015

AOTW: Learn The Difference Between Latin and Spanish

Welcome back to The Asshole of The Week, where each Friday we single out a person(s), place, or thing from the week that is the absolute worst.  This week we have a stereotype defying state full of stupidity, and some people in that state that are bafflingly stupid.

Last month, a Vermont lawmaker introduced a bill to give his state a Latin motto ("Stella quarta decima fulgeat") in addition to its official one, the suggestion of a middle school student studying the ancient language. Pretty cute, right?

It was, at least, until a local news station asked its viewers what they thought about the proposal, asking on Facebook, "Should Vermont have an official Latin motto?" You can probably guess what happened next:

Now, just in case you are as stupid as the person above (and god help you if you are) the language of Latin is a dead language.  Meaning that it isn't spoken by anyone anymore.  Also, it is the basis of not only our language here in the USA, but also Spanish, French, and German.

Hint: Not Spanish.

Now the important part: It has nothing to do with being Latino, or Latin anything.  Well, unless your intellect is incredibly tiny.

The bill's sponsor, Republican State Senator Joe Benning, admitted he was surprised by the impressively dumb and loud reaction.

"I anticipated suffering the backroom internal joking from my colleagues in the legislature,"Benning told the Vermont Political Observer. "What I did not anticipate was the vitriolic verbal assault from those who don't know the difference between the Classics and illegal immigrants from South America."

Later commenters, it should be noted, entered the thread to parody the responses, but all of these messages appeared to be sincere. That includes this masterpiece of unintentional irony:

Congratulations to the people of Vermont!  You have not only proven that like many other states in this union, you too are filled with racist assholes who are too stupid for their own good.  You defy your stereotype of a relatively sane and liberal community of people who are only concerned with maple syrup.  Instead preferring to liken yourselves to the people of the great state of Florida-the armpit of America.  Oh Vermont, fuck you so much.  You are the Asshole of The Week.

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