Amid Pandemic, United Nations Tells People What Words To Use
The world is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest global health crisis in more than a century, however, the United Nations finds it a pressing matter to address the creation of a “more equal world by using gender-neutral language.”
What you say matters.
Help create a more equal world by using gender-neutral language if you're unsure about someone's gender or are referring to a group. https://t.co/QQRFPY4VRn #GenerationEquality via@UN_Women pic.twitter.com/koxoAZZuxq
— United Nations (@UN) May 18, 2020
The list of pronouns features gender neutral labels for certain professions or titles. For example, the U.N. is suggesting that people say “humankind” rather than “mankind,” or “partner” as opposed to the terms “boyfriend” and “girlfriend.”
The tweet received plenty of backlash, with more than 29,000 replies.
“What you say matters.”
Your silence on China’s role in spreading COVID-19 is deafening. https://t.co/9WKkALN0OK
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) May 19, 2020
United States Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) responded to the U.N.’s tweet, saying “Your silence on China’s role in spreading COVID-19 is deafening.”
Blackburn’s colleague, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), tweeted, “UN = commie word police, trying to distract from their being in bed with literal communists.”
One more: UN = commie word police, trying to distract from their being in bed with literal communists. https://t.co/Q7NAWn0zmZ
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 18, 2020
“Thank God the United Nations marshaling all its resources fighting the worst pandemic in a century,” actor James Woods, a prominent Hollywood conservative, tweeted. “Yes, folks, we are being saved from the dreaded pronoun plague!!”
Thank God the United Nations marshaling all its resources fighting the worst pandemic in a century. Yes, folks, we are being saved from the dreaded pronoun plague!! https://t.co/ucCSGT9Bcx
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) May 19, 2020
Let me say this, right from the bottom of my heart: go f*** yourselves, you dictatorship-enabling bulls*** artists. https://t.co/DVfRrbKnSZ
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 18, 2020
There is a global pandemic at hand, but the United Nations wants to make sure we no longer call people “boyfriends” or “girlfriends” so that we don’t offend…….women?!? https://t.co/z1R2A1NAKk
— Errol Webber For Congress (CA-37) (@ErrolWebber) May 19, 2020
The controversial World Health Organization is an agency of the United Nations.
Meanwhile, acting USAID administrator John Barsa sent a letter to the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday, asking him to stop the organization from using resources allocated to support its efforts in mitigating the spread of the novel coronavirus to promote global abortion access.
The U.S. the largest donor to the United Nations, contributing approximately $10 billion in 2018, around 20-percent of the organization’s collective budget.