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Howdy! I wanted to get your guys's thoughts on my senior yearbook quote for this year. Should it be censored? My school thinks it does. (I think nothing should be censored, so maybe I'm biased. I want some other opinions on this.)

“We cannot take action on climate change until everyone in the world agrees that gay marriage vaccines won’t cause our children to marry goats that are gonna’ come for our guns.” — Jon Stewart

I'm in the process of appealing the decision. Here's the appeal letter that I wrote.



The original quote that I submit won’t scorch the eyes of onlookers, nor will it detract from the yearbook’s façade in any meaningful way. Rather, it’s a light-hearted satire on issues that were prevalent during our time in high school. Nothing more.

That being said, I ask you to reconsider its placement (or, rather, lack thereof) in the yearbook.

First Choice: “We cannot take action on climate change until everyone in the world agrees that gay marriage vaccines won’t cause our children to marry goats that are gonna’ come for our guns.” — Jon Stewart

Now, it’s tempting to censor things that we may not agree with upon first glance. But, that’s not really viable in the long-run. Again, I ask you to reconsider. Here: I’ll even break the parts of the quote down into more digestible pieces and explain them.

1. Climate change. It’s science. We see it on the TV every day. Should be nothing controversial here. I refer you to every modern scientific journal.
2. Gay marriage. Legalized by the United States Supreme Court in 2015. And, as we all [should] know, the Supreme Court’s rulings determine the law of the land, as seen in Articles III and VI of the US Constitution. So, really, what we’re doing here is referring to an act that is acceptable in the public eye.
3. Vaccines. Some people don’t like them. That’s fine, I guess. Needles that pierce your arm and are often required for people to attend school shouldn’t really have any impact here whatsoever.
4. "Goats that are gonna’ come for our guns.” — That’s what we call a joke. Doesn’t matter if you like guns or not. Really doesn’t even matter if you find it humorous or not. It’s still a joke.

Now, I hope you can see that my quote is, in fact, school appropriate.

Worst comes to worse (And, again, as I refer you to the above text, please don’t use this quote), Second Choice: “I was going to have an awesome quote in the yearbook, but it wasn’t allowed and now you’re reading this.”


What're your thoughts on the 'issue'?

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Posted 1/29/16
well if it makes you feel better my senior yearbook only qouted top students...

I think it was a trial for a new yearbook model...but fuck the year i graduated i wanted my qoute there!
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I quoted a line from "Sexual Healing" by Marvin Gaye in my yearbook. I'm pretty sure they didn't realize that or it probably wouldn't have made it in.. Which would have been a shame, because Marvin Gaye is badass.

I'd say go ahead and appeal it since you don't really stand to lose anything. Personally, I'd have a backup quote just in case - probably a subtle one about the stupidity of censorship to offer as an alternative.
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I cannot see at all what's so inappropriate about that quote. In fact, it seems to me to be a very fitting quote, as you said, making satire of the prevalent social issues during your time in school. It's something you can look back on in 20 years at your reunion and laugh about with old schoolmates, saying "Geeze, remember when THESE were the major issues of our time?"

Then again, the same could be said for your secondary quote, as censorship is falling into place as a major issue of the times, too. X3


EDIT: Also, should be "Worse comes to worst."
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It's pretty obvious they think your quote would incite some frustration among others or stir up controversy. Though I doubt anyone would bother to read it or give a shit to be honest. Still, the quote itself isn't bad, but it is making fun of things people often feel strongly about (whether it's stupid or not). They are probably just trying to protect the schools image to a degree.

I hope it makes it in though for shits and giggles.
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I think they don't like you because its John Stewart. I don't blame them
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I don't think it's worth appealing over...? But that's just me. I didn't even buy my yearbook; fewer trees being cut, less garbage around the house.
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Schools being schools, censoring anything remotely offensive. This isn't what I had in mind when I wanted "Safe" spaces.
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Posted 1/30/16
Too poltical for the yearbook

I don't see you winning
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deadscreen wrote:

I think they don't like you because its John Stewart. I don't blame them


While I would normally respect anyone who quoted pre-2012 Jon Stewart, I think they recognized that pre-retirement Stewart's endless, endless, endless pro-gay-marriage soapboxing and proselytizing just before he left the Daily show was SO OVER, and didn't want to immortalize it, just out of respect for his career. (But hey, at least it wasn't one of his other endless vets'-hospital rants.)
(sigh) I remember when Stewart actually did jokes and kept up with headlines, instead of ignoring the opening monologue to just anal-retentively nag and fact-check anything a Fox News pundit said against gay marriage back in 2007 or 2005--I haven't watched as much of the new guy, but at least he's doing more comedy and not bully-pulpiting as much.

(Particularly depressing, since this was the same Stewart who eight years earlier gave us "Yeah, I have sex too, but I don't hold a parade about it down Main Street every year..." )
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sarteck wrote:

I cannot see at all what's so inappropriate about that quote. In fact, it seems to me to be a very fitting quote, as you said, making satire of the prevalent social issues during your time in school. It's something you can look back on in 20 years at your reunion and laugh about with old schoolmates, saying "Geeze, remember when THESE were the major issues of our time?"

Yah, what this guy said.
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As I read it, I realized right away you were mocking all of the latest big issues that have clamored for our attention. I don't see anything wrong with it. What I see, is that it was a knee jerk reaction, simply because "gay marriage" was in there.

But I agree. Climate change was a huge issue, still is, but people were treating it, as though it were a debate about religion. Gay marriage, was a huge deal. Even though the majority of Americans passed voter initiatives and protested against it, it was made the law of the land by a minority who hired better lawyers then the rest of the majority did, and won the Supreme Court decision. Vaccines, a huge commotion about whether vaccines caused developmental issues in young children or not. Gun control.... From my dead hands....
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sarteck wrote:

I cannot see at all what's so inappropriate about that quote. In fact, it seems to me to be a very fitting quote, as you said, making satire of the prevalent social issues during your time in school. It's something you can look back on in 20 years at your reunion and laugh about with old schoolmates, saying "Geeze, remember when THESE were the major issues of our time?"


Yes, but that's why HS/college yearbooks exist: To embarrass your adult self.
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Posted 1/30/16
I like PIE
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Posted 1/30/16
As someone that was on yearbook production, I can tell you that your school is most likely too sensitive or the person on yearbook reviewing it is. If the process is similar to what my high school handled quotes, the student editors for whatever section are supposed to review them and its generally to make sure its follows school policy (and also no swear words).


I've seen various quotes from god and even someone quoted Hitler and it made it through. Quote's "What luck for rulers that men do not think." for those wondering.
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