The Chicago radio station Q101 got heat last night for tweeting the phrase "Raped basically" to describe an exchange during the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Boston Bruins hockey game Monday night. Yeah, maybe not the best call guys.
At first, Q101 was reluctant to apologize for the tweet – which they have deleted – telling a fan who criticized them to "move on" and explaining that they had been referencing "a bruin man handling a blackhawk against his will" (the Bruins won the game and are going 2-1 against the Blackhawks for the Stanley Cup final).
@BrianYarvual it was in reference to a bruin man handling a blackhawk against his will, move on— Q101 The Alternative (@Q101Chicago) June 18, 2013
They also told people that their use of the word rape wasn't a joke:
But less than 10 minutes after that, someone else had clearly taken over the Twitter feed, because Q101 started apologizing.
We included a word in our tweets this evening during the game that offended some ppl. That was NOT intended.Pls accept our apology.— Q101 The Alternative (@Q101Chicago) June 18, 2013
It was removed but we realize words matter & truly apologize for any offense or anger it may have caused.— Q101 The Alternative (@Q101Chicago) June 18, 2013
They also retweeted some criticisms held against them:
@Q101Chicago I accept your man-splanation. Assholes.— Krista (@kristainchicago) June 18, 2013
For reference sake, the definition of rape according to the Oxford English dictionary is:
- the crime, typically committed by a man, of forcing another person to have sexual intercourse with the offender against their will
- the abduction of a woman, especially for the purpose of having sexual intercourse with her
- the wanton destruction or spoiling of a place or area
verb [with object]
- (especially of a man) force (another person) to have sexual intercourse with the offender against their will
- spoil or destroy (a place)
FYI No idea if the photo above is depicting the "rape" play in question, only that the Associated Press has a ton of photos of violent moments from last night's hockey game. This is one.
Image via Elise Amendola/Associated Press