Germanwings: can we no longer call mad people mad?

Apparently it is now forbidden to refer to someone who killed 149 people in a pointless act of mountainside barbarism as a ‘madman’. Seriously. The Sun found this out today after it dared to run with the headline ‘Madman in cockpit’ in relation to the Germanwings air disaster, which is now thought to have been a conscious and suicidal act of mass murder on the part of the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz. Academics, tweeters and tabloid-loathers have, well, gone mad over the Sun’s headline, ironically frothing like loonies over the Sun’s use of loony-like language. I’m sorry, but if you can’t call someone who is suspected of killing 149 innocent souls in the most horrible and calculated fashion a ‘madman’, then who can be branded with the m-word?

Anyone? No one?

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  • DMB

    We don’t call people who are mentally ill mad or sick anymore. Today they are assigned a new sexual orientation or gender that way they can be accommodated for from people like Kathleen Wynne & Sherri Di Novo.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    First they came for the ‘Tards…
    But we can’t call them that any more, so I said nothing

  • Uncle_Waspy

    Now they’re “persons of alternate perception”.

  • JoKeR
    • No way, that’s MAD.

      • J. C.

        You mean ‘MAD COW’, right??? 😉

        • Maggat

          Cows of alternate perception? This could be fun.

      • ntt1

        Isn’t it strange how much LBs has come to resemble a far left bull dyke? Her poverty ranch in the DTES must be paying off very nicely.

  • truthdareisay

    So.. the madmen say we can’t call them madmen anymore? Why listen to them? They are madmen!

  • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

    A sane, intelligent comment from one of the article’s readers Trevor Kerr: “Successful pilots are, probably, in a collective of sanity that is a bit removed from the broader populace. To be tested for fitness to do their jobs, they may need a different kind of assessment, one that includes measurements that appeal to their specific interests. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that emotional coolness is demanded in responses to certain situations that arise in aviation. If that’s so, the problem would seem to be one of detecting the kind of emotional detachment that is diagnostic of personality disorders. Perhaps the Voight-Kampff Test. If there is nothing like that on offer, then I suggest the industry has a closer look at alcohol consumption and its effects on performance, before it worries too much about improving design of self-administered tests of mental wellbeing”

    • I wonder if in this instance the fear of appearing discriminatory as an employer or physician did not play a role.

      The doctor who issued the medical note were not under a Duty of Care order to report his findings to Germanwings leaving it up to Lubitz to report himself.

      That speaks to a pendulum swung too far…

    • Linda1000

      I know a guy who suffers from bipolar and it basically destroyed his career and life in many ways. He’s really smart, very nice personality and seems to manage okay now as long as he takes his meds. He says just about any patient soon learns to give all the right answers to the psych doctors, employer testing etc., so it isn’t surprising that the pilot slipped under the radar of the airline.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Intentionally deleted.

  • cmh

    this is the precise reason why this lunatic was free to roam and fly airplanes. Re institutionalization looks real good at this time.

  • ntt1

    Today you will get attacked no matter what term you use. The underlying reason is that progressive Marxists believe that they, and only they, can institute discussion on any subject on terms defined by them. Its pure Alinsky to seize control of the dialog.
    If all else fails they will shout you down or pull a figurative fire alarm.

  • David Murrell

    No, they’re developmentally challenged. That’s the proper phrase in use these days.

    There was this Globe reporter — Jan Wong – who used the term “mentally retarded”, in a story, and she got attacked by the pc crowd for that. And some who wrote in used the nitwit term “developmentally challenged”. Eventually Edward Greenspon, the Globe editor at the time, deep-sixed Wong, and she now resides out in my cabbage-patch world of Fredericton, teaching journalism at Saint Thomas University. Oh, how one can be punished — banished from civilization — for using an un-pc term.

  • moraywatson

    The madmen are the ones who would stop you from using the descriptor “madman”.
    The only thing that matters with respect to this pilot was whether he was able to discern right from wrong. If he could, he was a vile piece of excrement. If he could not, he was a madman.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Maybe it’s just a cover for avoiding calling him a mujahadin.