Maneater editor apologizes for April Fools’ ‘Carpeteater’ edition

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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.

Assistant editor Molly Duffy writes on The Maneater’s Facebook page: “I really am grateful so many students called us out on the awful issue we published, and again, we’re sorry.”

* Letter from the Maneater editor
* How the Maneater pissed off Mizzou’s campus …. again
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  1. Dave Barnes said:

    Does the Onion apologize?
    Does Fark apologize?
    No, they do not.

  2. I thought it was “muncher.”