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CNN, once touted as the "most trusted name in news," has published a "guide to neopronouns, from ae to ze," providing progressives with a list of fanciful terms to memorize along with an indication that there is no end in sight.
This latest corporate effort to legitimize LGBT activists' neologisms and advance gender ideology has been roundly ridiculed online.
CNN writer Scottie Andrew takes for granted in her guide that when "gendered pronouns do not fit" certain persons averse to accurate identification, it is incumbent upon others to accommodate them.
After all, according to Dennis Baron, a research professor of English at the University of Illinois, "refusing to let people self-identify is a way of excluding them."
To avoid "excluding" those who reject definitive aspects of their humanity, Andrew recommended widespread adoption of "neopronouns," which the powerful LGBT activist group Human Rights Campaign has claimed are a "step towards a society where people can more fully express all parts of themselves."
Andrew provided a number of nicknames LGBT activists might employ, including: "xe/xyr"; "ze/zir or ze/hir"; "fae/faer"; "ey/em/eir"; and "ae/aer."
Andrew stressed this was by no means an exhaustive list of terms, admitting there may not ultimately be any rhyme or reason in naming conventions, given that some "neopronouns are completely original to their user – some may choose to select a noun to describe themselves, like 'star' or 'starself' in place of binarypronouns like 'she' or 'herself.'"
The HRC similarly acknowledged that the "numbers and types of neopronouns a person may use (are) limitless."
For instance, CNN reported that people can refer to themselves by the "nounself pronoun 'leaf.'"
Accordingly, the former human being's friend might say, "'I hope leaf knows how proud we are that leaf is getting to know leafself better!' or 'Leaf arrived at the coffee shop before me; I was mortified to have been late to meet leaf.'"
While fake pronouns are evidently variable and limitless, the HRC maintains that "you should always use someone's correct pronouns, even when they are not around," underscoring that those employing neopronouns "are expressing their authentic selves, and deserve our respect."
Critics online expressed contempt for the CNN article and the claims therein.
American Enterprise Institute fellow Robert Pondiscio said, "Leaf me out of this."
Conservative radio show host Jason Ranz quipped, "Ze are not a news organization."
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz (Fla.) wrote, "Ted Turner initially created this network to report news."
Christina Buttons, an adviser with the Gender Dysphoria Alliance, tweeted, "Is this a serious news outlet for serious journalists or an activist rag?"
Quillette editor Jonathan Kay tweeted, "When the adults go on summer vacation at CNN, and toss the keys to the depressed intern from Oberlin."
All-American all-female swim star Riley Gaines wrote, "Imagine our founding fathers reading this lol."
Mia Ashton of the Public Substack noted that the article was "indicative of totally normal community without any mental health issues whatsoever."
Although CNN's post was mocked and ratioed on Twitter, there nevertheless appears to be a growing number of Americans rejecting reality and adopting such identifiers.
The Hill reported earlier this year that one young adult in 20 is either "nonbinary" or a transvestite, with an estimated 1.2 million "nonbinary" people in the 18-60 age group.
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.