The bomb, a Massive Ordinance Air Blast weapon, is often referred to as “MOAB.” The acronym led to its nickname “mother of all bombs.”
Liberals were quick tohash out their thoughts on social media, but one criticism of the day’s incident was particularly puzzling.
“MOAB is the epitome of lethal patriarchy,” one Twitter user said:
It's grotesque to call a killing device, the “Mother of All Bombs.” The #MOAB is the epitome of lethal patriarchy.
— Eric Stoller (@EricStoller) April 13, 2017
Others even singled out BBC News and asked them to stop using the term on their broadcast because it was offensive:
Please would you stop using the term `mother of all bombs` on your programme? It is sexist and offensive.
— Diana Gibson (@DianaEGibson) April 14, 2017
BBC, 'mother of all bombs' is sexist language. Why is sex/gender relevant to size of a bomb? Ask BBC why is some sexism gone but other not?
— VincentBarnett (@BBCBiasTGBFO) April 14, 2017
Liberal Twitter users were offended at the term for various reasons, one even asking the question, “Why isn’t it called the ‘father of all bombs?’”
HIGHLY SEXIST AND DEMEANING TO CALL IT THE "MOTHER OF ALL BOMBS"!!!!
like any mother would want to kill tens if not hundreds of people!!!!!
— edward perez (@erperez54) April 14, 2017
— Make America Great (@Conservativmale) April 13, 2017
— Resist in LA (@resistinla) April 13, 2017
Others on social media were quick to mock the outrage, pointing out flaws in the baffling argument:
@washingtonpost Would "Father of all bombs" be equally sexist, or is it just sexist because "mother" is in the title?
— Adam Livingston (@AdamLivingston_) April 14, 2017
Tomahawk missiles were offensive and now mother of all bombs is sexist. If we go to war I hope your PC skills help you in the field
— James Charles Shuler (@charles_shuler) April 14, 2017
The term “mother of all” has commonly been used for quite some time to indicate something is the biggest or the best, as pointed out by the Washington Post.
In fact, all the way back in 1991, New Zealand lawmakers nicknamed their budget “the mother of all budgets” because it drastically reduced spending and social welfare programs.
Restaurants in cities all across the nation have dubbed their biggest hamburgers “mother of all burgers,” and some even have food challenges to go along with it.