Aquarium apologizes for body shaming Otter they called 'thicc girl' and 'she chonk'

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium posted a hilarious message on Twitter about one of their very large female otters and a very cute picture to go with it. The message referenced the otter being fairly large and used some funny words to describe her. This otter takes care of baby otters, so it's basically a big healthy mama otter. Most people loved the message and laughed at the funny way to describe the animal, as it was completely harmless. However, there must have been at least one snowflake who complained, prompting the aquarium to post a follow up message apologizing for body shaming the animal. Of course, the otter has no idea and if the otter did, they would laugh at it as well because no smart animal would ever be a snowflake who gets offended by everything.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium's first message stated:


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"Abby is a thicc girl

What an absolute unit

She c h o n k

Look at the size of this lady

OH LAWD SHE COMIN

Another Internetism !"

They got thousands of likes and retweets, but somewhere in the middle of that haystack of fun and humor was at least one miserable person ready to be outraged. The Monterey Bay Aquarium later posted a sad apology, mostly to get the whiny people to just shut up and go away.

It said "Hey everyone. It has come to our attention that some of the references in this tweet are problematic and insensitive. We're posting here in the thread so that people who have engaged with this tweet will join us in our learning moment. If our tweet alienated you, please know that we are deeply sorry, and that we offer our sincerest apologies. If you follow our feed, we often reference popular memes to talk about the ocean. In this case, the memes used had connotations we were unaware of until now. In particular, several terms referenced originated from African American Vernacular English (AAVE) and specifically reference Black women's bodies. Using them in a sea otter meme without that background makes insinuations we never intended. We need to do better. Our mission is to inspire conservation of the ocean, and we're thankful for your support as we try to advance that mission on social media. We're also thankful for those of you out there pointing out our blindspots and how we can improve. Thanks everyone."

I'm not really sure what the apology said because I didn't read it. I just copy/pasted it here incase anyone else cared for it. I don't care about the apology one bit. In fact, the apology was the most offensive part because no one should ever have to apologize for their sense of humor.

If someone doesn't like that a large otter was called "she chonk" or "thicc girl" - then too bad. Go somewhere else. Stop reading the page where this information is being posted.

It's time for people to stop being offended by everything.

That otter is fat and that's a fact.

If facts offend you, then I don't know how you get by each day.

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