Uptight Officials Ban “Merica Day” From High School Because Patriotism

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High school students in Fort Collins, Colorado wanted to have Merica Day for their spirit week. No, not America Day. You know, ‘merica. Like how Dubya used to say it.

School officials apparently thought leaving the A off the word was a really bad idea because it would teach teenagers that it would be ok to have anything less than perfect patriotic thoughts. So, Merica Day was nixed in favor of America Day. In a statement, officials said:

“When students first proposed Merica Monday, building administrators felt that it was against this unifying theme and disrespectful to our country. Merica is a slang term that is often used in a negative, stereotypical way to describe life in the United States. This is what led administrators to discuss alternatives with students.”

Because that’s what “merica” means? I just kind of thought that it was a funny way of poking fun at American-ness. It seems a little extreme that people would say it was disrespectful. At least to me.

And of course, people are now protesting the decision. Outside the school, during spirit week, while school is in session. Lots of community members found the ban on Merica Day to be unpatriotic, which is weird because the administrators banned it because they found the word “merica” to be unpatriotic.

Normally, I am all about paying attention to the nuances of language, especially for kids and teenagers. But in this case, I feel like banning Merica Day in favor of America Day is just petty. Would having Merica Day have resulted in like, burning effigies of the flag while America Day is just straight-up loving patriotism? Who is really unpatriotic here? I’m inclined to say it’s the uptight school administration, but the protestors seem kind of silly, too.  Let the dang teenagers have their funny, ironic Merica Day and be done with it.

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    • candyvines

      How dare a school insist on spelling things correctly!

    • Kay_Sue

      I kind of thinking learning to poke fun at yourself (and your nation, to an extent) is a valuable skill to have. It helps keep things in perspective.

      Now my question is, did they just change the spelling or did they change the entire theme of the day?

      • keelhaulrose

        This might be me, but America day sounds like a patriotic thing with lots of red, white, and blue. Merica day, with all the memes going around, sounds like a day where people dress like ignorant hillbillies.

      • Tinyfaeri

        That’s my problem with the whole ‘Merica/’Murica thing. It’s almost always used by people who consider themselves to be liberal, educated and/or enlightened, and almost always to make fun of people who they do not consider to be liberal, educated and/or enlightened. That kind of thing makes my teeth itch a little.

      • keelhaulrose

        To be fair, neither side has their noses clean in the ‘liberal/conservative’ insult wars.

      • Tinyfaeri

        Oh, no, I would never say they did. I’m horrified by some of the crap coming out of both sides, and usually slightly more horrified by some of the stuff coming out of the “conservative” side (who seem to have forgotten what “conservative” means when it comes to anything but taxes). And that’s not even getting to comment sections on the internet yet, that’s just Fox News and CNN.

      • Kay_Sue

        I have a very Tyrion Lannister view of being mocked:

        “Let them see that their words can cut you and you’ll never be free of the mockery. If they want to give you a name take it make it your own. Then they can’t hurt you with it anymore.”

        Now, in an earlier comment, someone explained that the area is a little bit more high brow. That I could understand better–in that scenario, it could easily become a classist exercise. So I agree with your comment on that level. But that wasn’t what they banned it for, at least not according to this piece.

        And banning the theme for being unpatriotic? That I don’t get behind. One could easily say that plenty of political cartoons that mock us are equally unpatriotic, but they’re also a great exercise in looking at our own faults openly and honestly. So I don’t agree with teaching our kids that poking fun at our nation is the same as being unpatriotic.

      • pixie

        Upvoted because of the Tyrion Lannister quote.
        (And I agree with you, but mostly because of Tyrion).

      • Kay_Sue

        Tyrion makes everything better.

      • Tinyfaeri

        I don’t really agree with the unpatriotic bit either, and I wouldn’t have canceled the day… but I don’t think it really belongs in a public high school mostly because a public institution should probably be above making fun of rednecks. If they wanted to have, say, a demonstration day against our foreign policy or local policy, that would be different. But I feel a bit funny about a high school mocking any group of people just for the sake of mocking them – I guess I would need more context regarding what the day would entail.

      • Kay_Sue

        Yeah, I would need more context either way too. I can totally understand banning something that would be entirely classist.

        For a bit of context, we actually did do “Redneck Days” in the middle of the South during Spirit Week…but a fair percentage of our student body would have fallen into that social category, and that percentage participated enthusiastically, so it was really a bit of fun seeing who could come up with the most overblown stereotypes. I may be biased. It never seemed to poke fun at an idea that they were poor, but that was probably because most of them in our area weren’t. Lots of camo, lots of waders, lots of fishing gear, and someone once dragged a buggy to school in the back of their truck…

      • Tinyfaeri

        lol at the buggy. I think it comes down to context, and I’m pretty sure I’d be fine with the day itself. And ‘Murica will always be up there with “smegma” and “preggers” on the list of words that make me twitch, so it may just be my bias. :)

    • TwentiSomething Mom

      Had this theme been what school officials feared, they would have received criticism for letting it go on. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

      • Guest

        I agree. I wonder if part of the decision was a fear of being mocked / made a spectacle of for letting the kids have “Merica Day”. I can see people totally mocking a school for that, and I would give benefit of the doubt and appreciation to a school official who was trying to stay out of a media brouhaha.

        God things like this just matter so little. Leave it alone, move on, who cares?

    • Kheldarson

      No, no, it’s ‘murica that’s the disrespectful, stereotypical phrasing. ‘Merica is just redneck. Get it right schools!

      • brebay

        Ft. Collins doesn’t want to seem redneck, people might mistake them for Greeley.

      • Mystik Spiral

        Lol. I see you know your Colorado (I’m a Denver native and went to college in Greeley).

      • brebay

        I’m from Littleton, went to UNC for undergrad.

      • Bethany Ramos

        I lived in Denver too :)

      • Bethany Ramos

        Oh, Greeley…

      • libraryofbird

        I can always tell when a storm is coming in from the north, it always smells like Greeley.

      • brebay

        truth!

      • Tinyfaeri

        HA!

    • Robotic Arms Dealer

      Wait, school officials didn’t want a mockery of America, so you object to that?

      When did things change? We used to scold people who mocked our country. Now we mock those who stop people from mocking our country?

      You know, having pride in your own country… is supposed to be a good thing.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ohladyjayne allisonjayne

      I am one confused Canadian here. What did I just read???

      • brebay

        An attempt by someone who, despite the infinite amount of controversial topics to be discovered on the interwebs, couldn’t find ANYTHING to write about.

    • brebay

      So you didn’t know ‘Merica had a stereotypical redneck connotation? Now you know. I’m hardly patriotic, but I support any attempt by schools to encourage proper spelling and grammar. They didn’t ban it because it was unpatriotic, they banned it because Fort Collins is sort of uppity and didn’t want to appear all low-class; no harm as far as I’m concerned. And anyway, when did the kids get to decide what goes on at school?

      • Kheldarson

        Spirit days are typically decided by student councils with admin oversight. Usually though, administrators don’t step in unless the themes are majorly offensive.

      • brebay

        Administrators should be guiding the students as they did here. We needed permission; not “oversight.” The adults are in charge, and they would be the ones called out publicly for allowing this in the school. They made the right call.

    • SarahJesness

      If American patriotism and unity is so weak that it would fall apart if it lost an “A”, maybe it deserves to die. Just sayin’.

    • Bethany Ramos

      Carrie, I know I would have celebrated the shit out of Merica Day in high school!

    • Holo The Wise Wolf

      See this is why real life and the internet should never try to mix. The problem is Merica is an internet term, and clearly nobody (including whoever wrote this article) has any idea what “Merica” really means.

      The term Merica basically equals Freedom, I’m not even kidding, it can be anything from going to walmart and buying seven guns, to drinking a 128oz Big Gulp. It’s about doing what the f*ck you want, when the f*ck you want, for whatever f*cking reason!! It’s about the fact that America is better than every other country because, well it is. If you or someone ever does something weird or crazy or just different from other countries or whatever and people are like whhhaaa you can just be like Merica *chin up* It also represents just general badassery.

      It’s really hard to explain Merica (or anything from the internet) out of context…. The internet really has it’s own language.

      I will attach a few image examples of Merica to help you understand.

      • Gangle

        That doesn’t sound like general badassery. It sounds like general wankery.

      • brebay

        America is better than some countries, worse than some. Your cogent “well it is” argument is difficult to rebut, though. *chin up* “Merica” sounds like what’s wrong with America, not what’s right with it, and I’m picturing something along the brilliance of the YOLO crowd when I think of it; not what our schools ought to be encouraging.

      • brebay

        Sorry, Gangle, that response was for Holo; I agree with the wankery comment. I also just really like saying “wankery.”

      • Gangle

        That is ok, I saw where you were going, and I agree with you. I am Australian, but we suffer from blind patriotism here too. I mean, I appreciate where I live, this is a nice country. But that ‘We are the greatest because we are *insert nationality here*’ really gets up my nose. I also like saying ‘wankery’.

      • ElleJai

        I’m still trying to figure out why no one can tell me what being Australian means, but can easily call out dozens of “un Australian” things. We can’t define ourselves by a negative!

        Ugh, why can’t we all just be citizens of Earth and get over this stuff? I want John Lennon back!

      • Gangle

        I think the whole topic of what it ‘means’ to be Australian is stupid. I love the country I live in. It is a good place, and it can be very beautiful. I would probably not choose to live anywhere else. There are many good things here, things we should be proud of. We are also incredibly lucky, luckier than most of the inhabitants realise. But we also have many things that we should NOT be proud of, should, in fact, be ashamed of. We have things that we desperately need to change.

      • Jessica

        Your last few sentences sum up how conflicted I feel about being American. My step-father was a marine & worked for the US post office. So we were taught a lot of respect for our country & flag. But as I got older & read more about our actual history, I started questioning so much if it. Now I’m more at peace with not feeling blindly patriotic.

      • Gangle

        I understand. I come from a family of ANZACS (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) who fought in both world wars- the two wars that did much, for better or worse, to shape my country and many of the people in it. My brother was in the military and served overseas. It is fine and good to honour and commemorate those who risk their lives for their country. It is also ok to be against the decisions and history of your country – that does not have to take away from the respect you have for those who serve in the armed forces. I do not agree with all of the military actions my country has been involved in. That does not mean that I go to ANZAC day services and spit on veterans. I think that being critical sometimes and realising that things need to be better is more honest and worthy for a citizen of any country than just blindly cheering.

      • Holo The Wise Wolf

        It’s about USA pride. The point is that it’s not a derogatory term. But I stand by my point that anyone not from the internet is not going to get it.

      • brebay

        There’s a difference between pride and “boot up your ass” obnoxiousness. Much of that overtness is embarrassing to those of us trying to have a civilization here; though it is absolutely your right. It is also the school’s right to encourage something more intelligent. I’m not sure how you define being “from the internet,” though. But this (these pics) isn’t pride; pride comes from accomplishment, not from who can yell the loudest or tote the biggest gun. Other countries don’t hate use because we’re free, they hate us because of crap like this.

      • Holo The Wise Wolf

        You’re either from the internet or your not, and if you don’t know what it means then you’re not. It only makes a difference here because like I said the internet has it’s own language that “outsiders” just can’t understand, it’s like a whole ‘nother culture, which is why it was a bad idea for them to even TRY for a “Merica Day”

        Let me give you an example, “I may be a ship glutton but I still only have 5 true OTPs (I say “true” because I have fandom OTPs like Sterek but that’s different), which are, in order, Klaine, Spirk, Merthur, and Dryler PLUS my IRL OTP which is CrissColfer, but I believe they are in a league of their own, you know because RP. And I will argue with you till death that every single one is canon (because they are) even CrissColfer, (which has by far the worst ship wars, I blame the feels involved), although some swear up and down RP ships can’t BE “canon” I highly beg to differ, same rules apply. Of course some people just hate RP shipping so”

        Did you understand any of that? No? It’s because the internet is a different place than real life. And the 2 should NEVER mix.

      • Gangle

        Holo, I think it is time for you to step away from the internet, go outside and breathe in some fresh air. Also, get laid. No, not virtual get laid. I mean, find a warm, breathing, consenting body and shag him/her.

      • Holo The Wise Wolf

        I’m actually married and have a 3 year old son, I run my own business from home and make more money than my husband does. Just because someone uses and understands the internet doesn’t make them a neanderthal (are you 80). But if you feel the need to continue and try to belittle me go ahead, with a blog of 3k+ followers, you get used to haters :)

      • Gangle

        Ooh, I am so jealous of your 3000 followers. The fact you even had to mention all your friendz of the internetz tells me everything about you that I would want to know.

      • Holo The Wise Wolf

        Oh hey there Gangle I thought you were leaving, no? And followers do NOT equal friends, I’m sure I even have some Chillarrens you follow me *shutters* just no. I know you’re trying your best to get under my skin, but I actually fight against online bullying, so people like you don’t even bother, I imagine I’m twice your age anyway.

      • Gangle

        Where did I say I was leaving? Oh no, I am here to watch the trainwreck that is you. You are by far the most bizarre thing in this thread. Hon, you are talking a whole heap of crap that means absolutely nothing to anybody outside of a dimly lit office with a wifi connection. I mean, if this is what you waste your time and intelligence on, then no wonder your country is going to hell in a handbasket. And which one is it? Am I 80 or am I half your age? Either way, I am not insulted… And it is funny you would choose to use my perceived age in an attempt to insult me, since you feel happy to berate other people for using belittling and unfounded insults. Pick a side and stick to it.

      • Holo The Wise Wolf

        Are you really that narrow minded that you think the Fandom universe is so small??? Oh god laypeople make me laugh. Look just because you are uneducated about something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, or that it’s tiny.

        But thanks for proving my point, those who aren’t a part of internet culture will never understand it. I dare you to go watch the 2013 YouTube Rewind and name just 3 of the people or viral phenomenon in it.

        I’m sure you don’t understand everything about Italy’s culture either, does that give you the right to attack people who do? Well no. So insulting me simply because I know more about the internet than you, really showcases your ignorance, more than mine. Sorry.

      • Gangle

        The difference is Italy’s rich and ancient culture and history has political and artistic significance that is worth preserving for all time. I have a feeling that chillarrens, chriscolfers and.. um.. Spirks? do not. And I never said it didn’t *exist*. Only that it is completely pointless and worthless.

      • Holo The Wise Wolf

        OH!!! oh oh oh hold the fucking phone!! Someone is hide’n something!!! I said CrissColfer!! NOT Chris Colfer!!! Who is half of CrissColfer, BUT never anywhere did I say CHRIS and yet you just said CHRIScolfer!!! Which means you either know who Chris Colfer is or what I’m talking about altogether!! You are just PRETENDING to be clueless!! haha What’s your deal man???

      • Gangle

        hold on, what? what is the difference between chriscolfer and chris colfer? does a space between the too syllables mean something? Now I really don’t get it.

      • Holo The Wise Wolf

        Hold up, you can insult me, that’s fine, you can insult the internet, that’s fine, but do. not. even TALK about Chris Colfer. He is not a “kid”, he has written and published 3 books, has another one coming out this year, and will finish his first book series in 2015 with the it’s fourth book, he’s a NY Times #1 best seller and has been on the list 3 times, he wrote, produced, and stared in his own film and is already writing his second, he’s written a screenplay for the Disney Channel, won a golden globe and 2 people’s choice awards, done 2 world music tours, been on the Time’s 100 Most influential People list AND on the cover of the magazine issue, and yes he was on the show Glee. And he’s only 23, what have you done with your life?

        And since you asked, CrissColfer is the ship name (couple name) for Darren Criss and Chris Colfer, get it? CrissColfer it’s both their last names, but you had the correct spelling of Chris Colfer when you tried to say CrissColfer, because you probably thought I was talking the person not the ship, but it just shows you’re purposefully playing dumb for some reason, other wise your wouldn’t have known that his name is Chris Colfer not Criss Colfer (I don’t doubt that you had no idea who he was dating though)

        ANYWAY, back to the flip’n point, I’m not comparing Chris Colfer or CrissColfer or Star Trek or ANY fandom to Italy, this is not about FANDOMS, I don’t know how you came up with that… This is about the INTERNET, and how people who don’t really use the internet don’t understand all the things that come from it, and just like Italy or Scotland or Canada, it has it’s own culture, is it equivalent to the taj mahal? No probably not, but I never said it was, I just said that just because you don’t understand something that doesn’t give you the right to go cray-cray on those who do. K?

      • Gangle

        Ummm…. you are more than a little bit insane. Please, stop taking all of that stuff so seriously. Chris is certainly talented. He doesn’t need you to defend him, or his life partner or his ship or whatever. I think he would find your obsession with him more than a little disconcerting. And you were the one who stated that this is your little universe (or culture, if that makes you feel better) of ‘fandom’, not me. I was just repeating what you said, so there is no need to get upset over that. After that rant, I think it is you who is ‘cray-cray’. I just think you are a dickhead.

      • Holo The Wise Wolf

        Please excuse my passion, and Chris DOES know about and acknowledge his Stans, (he loves us btw), he says FanFiction (stories written by fans with him in them) is like the ultimate high-five, he likes his fanart, and even reads his FanFiction (which is both awesome and terrifying for us writers), so don’t worry ’bout him k.

        Look I know you don’t get it (as that’s what this whole conversation has been about), you think I’m crazy for knowing so much about certain actors and characters and understanding how the internet works, and ok whatever, but there are guys out there that know every single thing about certain football players, and spend REAL money on the sport and obsess over who will win and scream at the TV when they watch a game! And I think THAT’S insane! But do I go around jumping all over those guys and questioning their mental stability?? Of course fucking not.

        They jump out of their seat and scream when their team gets a touchdown, and I don’t get that. I jump out of my seat and scream whenever the heavens open and we actually get imparted with a real Klaine scene, and you don’t get that. And you know what? NOBODY here is a bad person, we are all just different and have different thoughts and interests and that’s ok. You know what’s not ok? Berating people on the internet for HAVING those different interests.

        Am I getting through to you at all?

        I feel like we are having a difficult time communicating because you don’t understand half of what I’m saying, as proof by those nonsensical sentences…. I’m still a little confused why you started attacking me in the first place… I was just trying to explain what a word meant…

      • dhev

        is this thread done yet? i hope not. i love it when somebody pokes an interlulz nutter and they come out from under their bridge all bonkers.

      • Holo The Wise Wolf

        Cyber Bullying is never ok, more and more teen and young adult suicides are being linked to Cyber Bullying. Think about what you say before you say it, you might save a life.

      • Gangle

        If you can’t take it, you shouldn’t have dished it out.

      • Holo The Wise Wolf

        I’m not talking about me, as I stated before I’m fine, trust me ship wars get way more intense than this, I’m just standing up for someone they might come across that doesn’t have such thick skin.

      • Gangle

        Oh you warrior you. Give yourself another cookie.

      • dhev

        that was a beautiful story, i’m so touched. give yourself a cookie.

      • Holo The Wise Wolf

        I am proud of my country but I’m not proud of ALL of it. I don’t understand why in the USA it’s considered ok to attack people that are different from you….

        Homophobes attack anyone in the LGBT+ community,
        People who lack fashion attack people with fashion,
        “Tough guys” attack guys who know how to dance,

        Just because I’m from the internet doesn’t MEAN I’m not a normal person, I have a life and a spouse and a kid, I run my own business, I live in a house with a lawn, I have a library card and read books, I go grocery shopping and cook for my family… I mean I’m just like every other person. I don’t why people tend to make the assumption that if you understand the internet and it’s slang, that you’re some homely ass hermit that everyone hates… I mean come on people grow up a little.

      • dhev

        shh, there there. it’s okay, we believe you. *papet*

      • Holo The Wise Wolf

        Is that really the best you can do?

      • dhev

        oh absolutely, supportive affirmation and gentle consoling is really the best response in these sort of interactions.

      • Holo The Wise Wolf
      • dhev

        ok you got my upvote with that one because 1. jennifer lawrence is awesome and 2. that gif genuinely amused me as a response. sorry i can’t give you two

      • Gangle

        People here really don’t give a hoot that you are from the internet or whatever. It was your snotty attitude towards everyone that landed you in hot water. Perhaps if you weren’t so rude and deliberately abrasive towards people you would not have coped a bullocking.

      • Gangle

        *sigh* Look, we all get what ‘Merica’ means. We are just dumbfounded over your sentiments of blind patriotism (eg, ‘its about doing what the fuck you want, when the fuck you want for whatever fucking reason’ and ‘America is the best country in the world just because!’ ..yeah) and the fact that you thought the statements in the images you posted are things to celebrate, when in reality they are pretty abhorrent and shameful. Then you went psycho over people not ‘being from the internet’ and started getting horribly bent out of shape when people called you on your shit. Just calm down, have a glass of water and go for a walk or something. Chill.

      • Holo The Wise Wolf

        Excuse me for being proud of my country. I don’t even know what to say to you anymore, I mean you’re just outright lying now… This is the point if I were on my blog I’d just start responding to you in gifs, because you seriously don’t make any sense.

      • Gangle

        Oh for goodness’ sake. Are you now just being wilfully obtuse? I never said that there is something wrong with being proud of your country… but rather than being proud of your countries accomplishments you choose to be proud of your countries downfalls and ignorance. You are proud of the redneck, ignorant things you should be ashamed of – at the very least they should not be the things you choose to celebrate. All those stupid ‘merica’ memes? They are meant to be satire, poking fun at the annoying and obnoxious parts of America that most americans have the good sense to not be proud of.

      • Holo The Wise Wolf

        You know, I don’t recall ever saying that I AGREE with or even like the word, I just stated what it meant. Knowing what a word MEANS does not automatically associate you with it, I know what the word Bigot means, but I am certainly NOT a Bigot.

        It’s not my fault you assume to much.

      • Gangle

        You abrasively defended the term ‘merica’. In fact, you have been pretty abrasive, not to mention obnoxious, from the beginning. I don’t really get what you wanted to achieve here. If it was ‘number of times I can lose my cool in a pointless thread’ then you win by a country mile.

      • Holo The Wise Wolf

        Ok lets recap shall we?

        I’m like “Hey guys, you’re all misunderstanding, this is what this word really means”

        And you’re like-http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lilttuTp0v1qef76ro1_500.gif

        I’m like wait wait wait you still don’t understand here’s why

        And you’re like .i.imgur.com/7ETZx.gif

        And I’m all no here’s proof the internet is different, that’s why you’re not understanding

        And all you bitchz iz like, OMG!! She’s different than us!! And she know’s different things than we do!! Let’s attack her personality and life choices!!

        And I’m just over here like-p.gr-assets.com/540×540/fit/hostedimages/1380404257/786549.gif

        *takes gloves off*

        And you proceed to try and insult me and fail and I tried to use metaphors so MAYBE you could understand what I was trying to say, and apparently metaphors offend you because instead of trying to understand you twist them into something I never said,

        And all the while I’m just-media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m89olwj50c1qlws6v.gif

        And then you decide it’s a good idea to insult my idol!
        At which point you got this bitch-media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lls6mpr8dW1qh31jx.gif

        Cuz nobody talks about my boys!!

        And then it just spiraled down from there and we ended up here, with a bunch of internetphobic people, apparently, ganging up on me, because I’m different… You caught up now?

      • dhev

        whoa boy. just…….. wow. i can’t even. have you spoken yet to a professional about this?

      • Holo The Wise Wolf
      • Gangle

        No, we really, REALLY get what the term means (and for what it is worth – I think you missed the point. your own words: it (merica) is about pride. And it is not a derogatory term). And even if we didn’t, you most certainly were not like ‘oh hey guys, I think you misunderstand. This is what it means’. Oh no. Your post was more along the lines of ‘Hey, you stupid retards! Are you not from the internet? Obviously not, because you are all stupid. Here, let me try and enlighten you with my superiority’. THAT was the tone of your post. Listen, you are NOT the weirdest, most different person who frequents here. We have many people who have very unusual and ‘oddball’ interests, lifestyles and hobbies. We like and accept them. Do you know why? because they don’t act like superior dicks to everyone.

      • Holo The Wise Wolf

        I’m pretty sure you started it… So…

        Anyway you are a MUCH bigger dick than me.

      • Gangle

        Really, that is the best you have? look, your many, very wordy, very incoherent rants have been pretty amusing. The number of times you have completely lost your cool is, well interesting. But if things have finally degenerated into ‘I know you are but what am I’ then I am going to have to bid you adieu. But just for future reference. If you try to be a little less abrasive, and a little more polite you may have better responses from people. Really you are your own worst enemy.

      • Holo The Wise Wolf
      • Gangle

        Oh, hold on, I just google searched it. Chris Colfer. The kid from glee. Yeah, ok, I heard of that guy. My niece is in love with him. Why would knowing the celebrity my kid niece has a crush on mean anything? Obviously he is a major item in your ‘fan universe’ or something. But comparing him to the rich and ancient culture of Italy is kind of idiotic. Why is a supposedly grown woman going fan-crazy over an actor from a show marketed to tween/teen audiences?

      • meteor_echo

        Whoa, you of all people using the “get laid” thing? I honestly thought that you kind of understood the lack of actual correlation between having/not having sex and writing polite comments on the internet. Shame on you.

      • brebay

        Wow, there’s so much I could say to that, beginning with correcting your spelling of “it’s.” But I think you may seriously have some type of social/cognitive issue, so I’ll just wish you well.

      • Holo The Wise Wolf

        I love it people resort to petty and unfounded personal assaults, it means I’ve won. Sorry you couldn’t think of anything meaningful to say. Bye.

      • brebay

        Bye, Darling, congrats on your win.

      • Kelly

        Jesus, you’re fucking pathetic. Good luck with that.

      • Holo The Wise Wolf

        I continually wonder why people think it’s ok to insult and attack others for something as trivial as them having different hobbies than you. Just small mindedness I guess.

      • Kelly

        I’m not insulting you for your hobby. I’m insulting you because the fact that you believe your hobby makes you superior is pathetic. Ooh, you like something, we’re all so very impressed with that.

        You even started name dropping. LMAO.

      • Gangle

        Blind patriotism isn’t something to be proud of. Why would you be proud of wilful ignorance?

      • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

        I’m pretty sure Halo the Wise Wolf doesn’t get that in America when we say ‘Merica we’re actually making fun of that stereotype of Americans doing whatever they want. He/she seems to think this symbolizes freedom. Um, no. We’re making fun of those people who are, apparently, like him/her. I didn’t believe they were real, until now….or at least…knew how to find the internet beyond the NRA website.. :)

      • Kelly

        I didn’t think they were real either. I’m not sure if it’s funny or sad that people actually think it’s a good thing.

      • brebay

        Pictures like this were funnier back when they represented a minority of the population…now they’re just sad.

      • Gangle

        Also, is it just me that doesn’t associate the second last picture with anything to do with freedom? It kind of makes me think of some scary police state…

      • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

        I am just really confused by this whole thing. How does one begin to be “from the internet?” Does your mother have to upload pictures of your conception and birth to Instagram? What counts as “from the internet?” Is it too late for me to be from the internetz?

      • Tinyfaeri

        If you have to ask, then yes, it is too late. It is for me, too, apparently.

      • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

        I thought I knew you, you know, from the internet, but I don’t think Halo would say that counts.

      • Tinyfaeri

        No, no. We may visit here, but we aren’t FROM here, ya know?

    • Rachel Sea

      Don’t you hate when schools display their hatred of both fun and America by encouraging proper spelling?

    • Alicia Kiner

      What exactly would Merica day entail?

      • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

        I’m picturing a lot of gun toting and beer drinking and cut off sleeveless shirts. Probably why the school didn’t want to celebrate it :)

    • Tinyfaeri

      I don’t know that I would have replaced it with America Day, but I have never, ever seen someone use “‘Merica” or “‘Murica” respectfully.

    • tk88

      That was a stupid idea. I’m glad they made them change it.

    • Kelly

      Merica is a disrespectful term. It is making fun of America, that’s the entire purpose of the word.

      I mean, I use it when it’s applicable but it is totally a derogatory term.

    • SA

      I use the term ‘Merica frequently. And it is always derogatory when I use it. I don’t think it is making fun of America, but rather some attitudes that are found here in America. I can definitely see a school not allowing it…to me it sets up an environment that could encourage bullying of other students. It is usually used to poke fun of far-right, often backwards, redneck ‘ideals’ and while I am all about that, it seems ridiculous to put that into an environment of high school students.

    • Kate

      I think it’s healthy to look at ourselves with a critical eye. It’s what helps us to recognize our flaws and improve ourselves.

    • anon87

      This will probably be a wildly unpopular opinion, but perhaps instead of the admin saying they needed to change it to “America” they offered a choice. A) they change it to America Day, or B) they keep it as ‘Merica Day and each student writes an essay, or participates in a debate regarding the matter. I think it would be a great thought provoking exercise.