Maneater managing editor Abby Spudich says the April Fools’ edition of the paper — titled “The Carpeteater” — “was incredibly offensive and potentially damaging to the social climate at MU, and I want to take this opportunity to express our sincere apologies.”
Although many parts of this edition were vulgar and offensive, I want to first take the time to explain the masthead. I truly did not know that “carpet eater” is a derogatory term used for a lesbian. Had I known, I would never have even considered using it. …
I would also like to take this opportunity to apologize to any individuals, advertisers, groups and readers who were offended by the content in the April Fool’s edition. I could not be more sorry or regret this any more than I already do.
Spudich says the paper will not have an April Fools’ edition next year. “We’ve decided that it’s not worth offending members of our community for an attempt at a few laughs,” she writes.