NPR (Literally) Scrubs Its Ridiculous Headline

If you look at the original URL of this NPR piece, it ends in "yes-those-people-are-literally-kissing-on-the-ground-in-the-street-amid-a-riot."
"I'm not sure what exactly was going on," photographer Rich Lam says on the phone. "I just saw these two people and I thought they were hurt. ... I didn't really know what I got until the editor pointed it out."

Hopefully the people in the photo will come forth and explain what, exactly, was happening. Is this the V-J day in Times Square of our generation?
Literally kissing on the ground in the street amid a riot? What the fuck are you doing, NPR? Is there a figurative kissing on the ground in the street that I'm not getting here which would allow you to use that awful word in a headline?

Literally should be banned until the world at large can retrain itself to use it properly.

For the last time: it's not the same as totally or actually and it's not really necessary to overuse those either.

NPR admits to changing the article in an update:
[Update at 4:58 p.m. ET: Some trends on Twitter suggest that the girl in this photo might indeed be injured, and Esquire offers the scene from another perspective. The headline and text of this story, which said the couple was definitely kissing, have been edited as the debate around the photo continues to unfurl.]
The National Post has a bit wider view of what happened in Vancouver on Wednesday, sans the making out.

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Anonymous said...

can I still stay trapped in my 1991 alternate reality & say "gnarly, dude" ?

Pudenda Shenanigans said...

I read a piece earlier quoting the guy's dad. The dude was checking on and shielding her (his injured girlfriend) and the camera caught a moment that looked like oblivious-making-out. Allegedly.