In the latest example of political correctness gone mad, the New York City subway system has banned drivers from using the term “ladies and gentlemen.” They think the term isn’t inclusive enough.
The Washington Free Beacon reported:
NYC Subway Bans ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ to Be ‘Sensitive to Gender Identity’
New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has banned subway operators from using the phrase “ladies and gentlemen,” because it is not inclusive enough.
Transit managers will be monitored to ensure they avoid the phrase, according to a report in amNewYork.
Announcements on subways and buses will no longer include “ladies and gentlemen” in an “attempt to be more sensitive to gender identity,” a source told the paper.
The common greeting will be replaced with “non-gendered terms,” such as “passengers,” “riders,” or “everyone.”
MTA spokesman Jon Weinstein said banning “ladies and gentlemen” would provide riders with “clearer information.”
“We’re fundamentally changing the way we talk with riders to give them better and clearer information,” he said.
The announcement was part of a memo sent to transit employees last Friday, instructing conductors to be more “empathetic” to riders and sound “more human,” the New York Daily News reported.
Don’t they have bigger problems to worry about? How about dealing with things like mugging and other crimes before worrying about political correctness?