We all get them: stupid email forwards. Misguided (or just plain idiotic) friends, relatives and coworkers forward us stuff that promises to be “hilarious” or “amazing,” when it’s actually so damn stupid, you want to reach through the computer and strangle them for sending it to you. These emails belong in the Stupid Email Hall of Fame. This one I received from a former coworker. You may have seen it too:
Two magazines, Country Living (95.99% white readership) and Ebony/Jet (99.99% black readership) did surveys on
‘WHAT DO PEOPLE FEAR MOST?’
The results were interesting, to say the least.
Country Living magazine’s top three answers were:
1. Nuclear war/terrorist attack in U.S.
2. Child/spouse dying/terminal illness.
3. Terminal illness/self.
Ebony/Jet magazine’s top three answers were:
3. Registered mail
AND TO GO WITH THIS ONE:
ONE PITIFUL, ONE GOOD
‘My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history
of the world.
I hope you’ll join with me as we try to change it.’
— Barrack Obama
”Life’s tough……it’s even tougher if you’re stupid.”
— John Wayne
Wow, again, racism is just sooo hilarious! And I love how they throw in the Barack Obama “quote” (along with John Wayne, WTF?) at the end even though that has nothing at all to do with the rest of the email, other than to say our president is black, so he must be as stupid as those Ebony and Jet “readers.”
But let’s get real.
First of all, Ebony and Jet are two very different magazines. To list them together is inaccurate, and it’s unlikely they would both do and print the exact same survey. Also? It’s just totally false. According to Snopes, none of the magazines listed ever ran any such survey, or printed the results listed above. As you’ll see in the Snopes listing, the level of racism here is disgusting, hitting on some of the oldest, most insulting stereotypes about black people.
As for the Obama quote? Also false. President Obama never said this, and in fact, this was said as a political joke about his rival, Senator John McCain.
Have you received something like this? Or does this email pale in comparison to some of the stupid crap you’ve received? If so, forward those dumb emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll mock and debunk (if necessary) these stupid emails every Wednesday.