Dear, oh dear. The Non Compos Mentis Award goes to the Dutch this week.
Well, to Royal Dutch Airlines.
Being hippy and diverse and accepting and all that, and wanting to show their support for homosexuals, Royal Dutch sent out a tweet saying, “It doesn’t matter who you click with.”
Unfortunately, they emphasised their love for gays by including this image, (the text was added by someone else.)
So Royal Dutch are showing their support for gays “clicking” by… showing seat belt buckles that couldn’t possibly “click” because one’s the same as the other?
Is there a word for saying something that actually proves the opposite of what you meant?
A Dutch uncle is harsh and severe, the opposite of what you want an uncle to be, a Dutch treat is when you make your guest pay her share, a Dutch wife is anything but. Perhaps proving your opponent’s case could be called Dutch argument.
And does commenting on it make you a homophobe? Must remember to ask Gillian Triggs.
Commenters asked what do you do if Royal Dutch gave you one of the first two seat belts – tie the ends together in an emergency? Borrow somebody’s soldering iron? Use a few drops of Araldite? Email a big increase in your accident insurance policy?
KLM’s new slogan? Fly Royal Dutch Airlines, where your only chance of surviving a crash is buckling up the heterosexual way.