Recently, a newspaper in my hometown called The Carmel Pine Cone published an article detailing one local woman's vocal opposition to a "lingerie and tequila" party being held at a private restaurant during the Pro-Am Golf Tournament. The local woman, Carolyn Hadley, referred to the models representing the "lingerie" aspect of the party as "sluts and whores" and that "the only thing missing so far from this Carmel event? The johns."
In publishing the article in question, the Pine Cone used the word "SLUTS" in large, bold print to direct readers to the continuation of the article. Additionally, "SLUTS" was again printed on the jump page directly over a photo of the Racey Promotions employees, an image that included high-school girls who were not present at the Carmel party.
The unthoughtful use of a word so inflammatory in a widely circulated publication has caused untold emotional and personal damage to the young women involved. These women are predominately high-school and college aged girls who have had to deal with the bullying inherent with such language.
A lawyer representing Racey Promotions requested The Carmel Pine Cone publish a retraction of the article. However, the newspaper initially refused. Some days later the Pine Cone issued a clarification, but did not inform the lawyer or any of the women represented. In fact, the Racey Promotions lawyer was only made aware when a local news station asked for a comment.
The purpose of this petition is this: The young women harmed in this fiasco and their employer deserve a formal apology from The Carmel Pine Cone. The Pine Cone's ridiculous use of inflammatory language for publicity's sake will have untold consequences for the rest of their lives in terms of employment and personal grievances. This article has even gotten national coverage. An apology won't undo this considerable damage, but it is a start.
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