While the situation sounds a little more like the plot for a sequel to the 2004 movie “White Chicks
,” an actual headline found in a high school newspaper in New Mexico is sadly worse than anything the Wayans brothers have ever starred in (as difficult as it may be to believe).
According to KOAT
, when Rio Rancho High School published an article titled, “No Money for Starbucks #WhiteGirlProbz,” it was school officials who were left with the real problem on their hands.
The story digs into several topics, or perhaps the better word is stereotypes, listing off several things “white girls” eat, the clothes they wear, and more. (The idea seems pretty similar to the popular Stuff White People Like
blog, which led to two books from writer Christian Lander.)
Aside from Starbucks, other brands mentioned in the article include Ugg, Victoria’s Secret (PINK), department store Gordmans, Jeep, and Barbie.
Rio Racnho Principal Richard Vonancken insisted to KOAT that he reviews every issue of the student paper, Ram Prints
, before it’s published—every issue that is except
for its latest February edition.
Vonancken alleged that he wasn’t given a regular heads-up about the controversial issue from the teacher who edits the paper, saying the oversight was “a mistake on the teacher's part.”
The teacher and the paper’s editor have issued a statement explaining that the offensive article was strictly meant as satire, a notion that Principal Vonancken undercut a bit by saying, “You can’t tell if they’re for real or they’re not.”
With hundreds of copies of the paper already distributed, the damage done is real, however. Many students didn’t find the parody headline or story funny in the least. Quite a few complained.
Not everyone took it so seriously, though. When interviewed by KOAT reporter Laura Thoren
, Rio Rancho High School parent Sarah Bailey laughed off the incident, saying that her girls—who are of mixed race—do the same things mentioned in the story.
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Thoren later tweeted this image of the article:
What do you think, PR Daily
readers? Satire or not, is there any excuse for the story or its headline?