Ban Questions

Ban Questions

We were SO inspired by Beyonce and Condoleezza Rice’s campaign to ban the word bossy, we decided to come up with a ban of our own; on questions! Join us in this monumental crusade. With your help we can finally BAN QUESTIONS once and for all. Who, what, when, where, why, NO! Spread the word today.

If you haven’t seen the original video that inspired this parody, here it is. Brace yourself.

12 Comments on "Ban Questions"

  1. Thurlow Weed | Apr 5, 2014 at 11:13 pm |

    I don’t see how “Ban Questions” can be inspired by “Ban Bossy”. Am I missing the joke. Please, explain it to me. Thanks.

    • Jonas Planck | Apr 5, 2014 at 11:38 pm |

      I think your choice of punctuation indicates that you do get the joke. Perhaps I’m misreading the premise. I thought it was a variation of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s game of questions… a game of statements, if you will.

    • Bosses don’t like to be questioned.

  2. You mean “Ban Bossy” wasn’t already a parody? I don’t believe it.

  3. Next they’ll call for ban on “Aunt Jemima”.

    • Silent Waft | Apr 7, 2014 at 2:37 pm |

      I don’t think the amurican people would stand for loss of an icon as sacred as Aunt Jemima

  4. VaudeVillain | Apr 6, 2014 at 10:19 am |

    Kinda clever, but I’m not really digging the context. The original video, while more than a little trite and contrived, actually has a pretty good purpose. For the parody to hit, we need to either believe that encouraging young women to seek leadership roles without fear of the patriarchy is somehow evil, or that it somehow encourages us not to ask questions.

    Personally, I don’t see either of those points. This makes the parody come across as needless and clumsy, mocking a source to which it is materially unrelated for reasons that are not apparent.

  5. Bossy is a good word and I’m going to try and use it more often. The problem isn’t that it’s used on women, but that it isn’t used on men, where there are innumerable appropriate opportunities.

    • I would advise caution when taking a word that is typically (I guess???) thought of as a “put down” towards women and applying it towards men.


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