In the race to be the most politically correct and morally superior — from a progressive point of view — the New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority will stop acknowledging that gender exists when they make public announcements for their subways and buses. In other words, they’ll no longer say “ladies” or “gentlemen.”
The decision comes as part of a major change to the announcements, shifting them away from automated messages to live human voices again. The MTA wants to better inform their riders of their frequent delays, CBS New York.
Spokesman Jon Weinstein explained, “We’re fundamentally changing the way we talk with riders to give them better and clearer information.”
Along with that comes a requirement that announcers use terms like “riders,” “passengers,” and “everyone” so as to not offend anyone who is not “cis-gender.” The new rules were sent out on the weekend, warning announcers to change how they speak immediately.
“Please don’t use any greeting other than these,” the bulletin said, according to the New York Post.
Those supervising the announcers were told to “monitor for everyone’s compliance with these new announcements,” AM New York reports, but not everyone is meeting these changes with cheers.
One Twitter user made a particularly good point when it comes to catering to the “transgender” crowd:
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