The Chicago Blackhawks fell to the Boston Bruins 2-0 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, giving the Bruins a 2-1 series lead. As the Blackhawks were getting dominated by the Bruins, a Chicago area radio station Q101 said the team was "raped basically" on Twitter, setting off a brief firestorm for their poor choice of words.
@BrianYarvual it was in reference to a bruin man handling a blackhawk against his will, move on— Q101 The Alternative (@Q101Chicago) June 18, 2013
The fact that this station thought that comment was at all appropriate and initiall responded by saying "move on" is mind-boggling. Their apology for saying the game was rape was the typical "sorry you were offended" junk that is par for the course in incidents like this.
We included a word in our tweets this evening during the game that offended some ppl. That was NOT intended.Pls accept our apology.— Q101 The Alternative (@Q101Chicago) June 18, 2013
It was removed but we realize words matter & truly apologize for any offense or anger it may have caused.— Q101 The Alternative (@Q101Chicago) June 18, 2013
Q101 used to be one of the most popular radio stations in the Chicago market before it was sold. The intellectual property of the station was purchased by Broadcast Barter Radio Networks, who turned the station into an internet-only format. Many Chicagoans feel that the new station is nothing but a shadow of its terrestrial self and have distanced themselves from the new station.
But to get back to the original point, I don't think Q101 really attempted to antagonze anyone. They just have no awareness or common sense. That's obviousty not an excuse or a justification, but it does explain how something like this is able to happen so routinely.
[h/t to Matt Lindner for the tip]