AU student paper under fire for editorial on Bama fans - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

AU student paper under fire for editorial on Bama fans

Source: theplainsman.com Source: theplainsman.com
AUBURN, AL (WBRC) -

The same week University of Alabama student newspaper The Crimson White came under fire for what some called a racist editorial cartoon, the Auburn student paper, "The Plainsman," posted an editorial pointed at Alabama fans.

Now, The Plainsman editorial board is apologizing for it.

The original column called, "Bammers are in a class of their own," was published Thursday and makes fun of Crimson Tide football fans.

Here is some of what it said:

"Most of us know that person who is annoyingly hyper-competitive and takes things way too far. He keys the car of the guy who beat him in a pick-up game of basketball. She spreads a rumor that her roommate has herpes just because she forgot to do the dishes.

In the state of Alabama, this type of person is known as a Bammer.

We won't go into all the Bammer stereotypes, even though they are quite funny and mostly true. No, we just want to take this time to show how even in the classless world of college football, Bammers make us all look like royalty."

The editorial also points to Harvey Updyke's poisoning of the Toomer's Corner oaks after Alabama's loss in the 2010 Iron Bowl, and a person who told an ESPN reporter that he "wanted to die" after a UA football loss.

Comments on www.theplainsman.com were not too kind to the editorial board. All of the visible comments criticize the column.

Friday afternoon, "The Painsman's" editorial board posted an apology for the column on their website.

It in part says:

"We acknowledge both Auburn and Alabama have their fair share of fanatics who reflect poorly on their larger fanbases. It was our mistake in not pointing out that Auburn has extremist fans as well.

We want to make it known we have nothing but respect for the University of Alabama and the general fanbase.

An editorial is a piece based solely on opinion, which is completely different from an article that employs typical journalistic objectivity. We can assure you this opinion piece does not affect our commitment to journalistic standards of integrity."

You can read the entire response here: http://www.theplainsman.com/view/full_story/24179459/article-A-statement-from-the-Editorial-Board? 

Copyright 2013 WBRC. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • High interest in Shelton State welding program leads to new selection process

    High interest in Shelton State welding program leads to new selection process

    Friday, April 20 2018 4:05 PM EDT2018-04-20 20:05:48 GMT
    A student in Shelton State's welding program. (Terri Brewer/WBRC)A student in Shelton State's welding program. (Terri Brewer/WBRC)

    Shelton State Community College is implementing a new selection process for enrollment in their welding program. 

    More >>

    Shelton State Community College is implementing a new selection process for enrollment in their welding program. 

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT Update: Weekend rain returns

    FIRST ALERT Update: Weekend rain returns

    Friday, April 20 2018 3:58 PM EDT2018-04-20 19:58:30 GMT

    Fortunately, this time we're not expecting severe weather, but we could see a couple of inches of rainfall. The highest rain chances are expected after lunch Sunday and continuing through Sunday night and Monday.

    More >>

    Fortunately, this time we're not expecting severe weather, but we could see a couple of inches of rainfall. The highest rain chances are expected after lunch Sunday and continuing through Sunday night and Monday.

    More >>
  • Brookwood Hospital Unveils Birthday Box Program

    Brookwood Hospital Unveils Birthday Box Program

    Friday, April 20 2018 3:41 PM EDT2018-04-20 19:41:43 GMT
    Birthday Box at Brookwood HospitalBirthday Box at Brookwood Hospital
    Birthday Box at Brookwood HospitalBirthday Box at Brookwood Hospital

    Brookwood hospital is offering a new way to celebrate the day of a baby’s birth 

    More >>

    Brookwood hospital is offering a new way to celebrate the day of a baby’s birth 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly