1 the saying of the same thing twice over in different words, generally considered to be a fault of style (e.g. they arrived one after the other in succession ).
This definition amuses me. Although not a tautology in itself, it is verbose. My preference is, “redundancy of words“.
Anyway, “vegan humour failure” is clearly tautologous.
BuzzFeed reported that Sitwell, the former editor of Waitrose Food magazine, made the statement in an email to freelance writer Selene Nelson, who had pitched a series on plant-based cooking.
In his response, Sitwell reportedly wrote to her, “How about a series on killing vegans, one by one. Ways to trap them? How to interrogate them properly? Expose their hypocrisy? Force-feed them meat? Make them eat steak and drink red wine?”
Not the funniest rejection letter in history, granted, but it’s not without humour.
Of course, if he’d have realised that it was going to be read by the vicariously offended, rather than just the original recipient, he may have worded it slightly differently. “No thanks, this is not of interest to our readers“, probably would have sufficed.
Here’s an interesting statement;
Following an uproar, Sitwell, who is also a food critic on BBC’s “MasterChef,” apologised and said that he is resigning from his position at the magazine, which states it features “recipes and articles from the world’s best chefs and food writers.”
I must have missed the edition of the Oxford English Dictionary where the definition of “uproar” was amended to include “half a dozen Twitter users complaining“.
The correct response to the criticism should have been, “it was a joke, feel free to laugh or fuck off“.
Instead, William Sitwell made the fatal mistake of apologising. This only encourages the social media mob pile on until their target’s career has been destroyed. Better still, if their life has also been destroyed.
The rule of our age is simple; never apologise, never explain.
There is another axiom we have been reminded of too;
There are three questions one never needs to ask;
1. Are you from Texas/Yorkshire/Queen’sland?
2. Do you do CrossFit/BootCamp?
3. Are you vegan?
For those of you who may have been traumatised by the gratuitous mentions of vegans in today’s post, here’s a soothing picture of a delicious serving of Steak Tartare;