Puns and allusions in sports headlines can be good, but not so much when they seem to be referencing the Holocaust. That's how many interpreted the Edmonton Sun's "Camp Concentration" headline on their back cover Wednesday, which was promoting a spread on the progress of the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos' training camp but may have violated Godwin's Law in the process. The headline was quickly pointed out and criticized by many on Twitter. Here are some of the best tweets in response:
Really? twitter.com/Wittmeier/stat…— Brent Wittmeier (@Wittmeier) June 12, 2013
"Good one, Edmonton Sun." —things no Jew would say upon opening today's paper twitter.com/Wittmeier/stat…— Omar Mouallem (@omar_aok) June 12, 2013
If I had a Edmonton Sun subscription I'd cancel it over today's headline.— Duncan Wojtaszek (@phendrana) June 12, 2013
“@dylpurcell: Wow. The Edmonton Sun ran a Concentration Camp pun on its sports page front. Stay classy.” Definitely still too soon.— Tony Champagne (@TonyChampagne) June 12, 2013
The Sun's Twitter account spent most of the day apologizing. Here's one of the many apologies they tweeted out.
So, despite some readers not seeing the problem here, these kind of headlines are probably something most newspapers want to avoid in the future. At least the Sun provided us all with a good example of one not to use...