Godwin's Law, which states that "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1," apparently extends to the CFL. As you can see from the picture at right, The Edmonton Sun elected to use "Camp Concentration" as the back-page headline for a story on the Eskimos' training camp in Wednesday's paper. (Thanks to Brent Wittmeier and Andrew Evans, amongst others, for pointing it out.) Perhaps it was done innocently, but that sure seems like a Holocaust reference to many readers, and it's understandably provoked plenty of Twitter outrage. Fortunately, it seems like the Sun has realized their mistake: the paper's Twitter account spent most of the day Wednesday apologizing to the numerous people that they offended with this headline. Here's a small sampling of the considerable volume of Twitter complaints they received:
"Good one, Edmonton Sun." —things no Jew would say upon opening today's paper twitter.com/Wittmeier/stat…
— Omar Mouallem (@omar_aok) June 12, 2013
That Edmonton Sun headline is the best.How the hell do you not catch that?!? — BrowntoBure (@BrowntoBure) June 12, 2013
— Laurie (@BrdwyBaby67) June 12, 2013
And here's one of the many apologies the Sun has issued:
Historical references and puns in football coverage can be great, but there's definitely a line that media outlets shouldn't cross, and avoiding references to the Nazis in general is usually a good idea. (Ask former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley about that.) The Sun clearly stepped over that line here. At least they've realized it and apologized, but they might want to think more carefully about their headlines in the future.