Well, this is doubleplusungood.
Is there anything left that isn’t raaaaacist? Blacklists? Are you freaking kidding us?
Someone somewhere might be offended at some point? Heaven forfend! But no worries, Newspeak will save the day.
Security services chief Brian Douglas wrote: “IB (Information Board) are uncomfortable with the use of the term Whitelist (and I presume Blacklist).
“I am sure we can appreciate the sensitivity around the use of such terminology today so please ensure it is no longer used.”
IT staffers will now have to use “green list” and “red list” instead of “whitelist” and “blacklist”
But are they sure “red list” won’t offend anyone’s delicate sensibilities?
Uh oh. Looks like “red list” is out too.
While most Twitter reaction was of the “WTF?” variety, Conservative MP Louise Mensch tweeted her support for the policy.
We imagine U.K. cops will have a tough time investigating blackmail cases and white collar crime from now on. One Twitter user suggested other words that might be disappeared from the language by those who worship at the altar of political correctness: