Urging people to stop using the disparaging name “Murder Hornets,” the American Civil Liberties Union is reminding people the insects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law like anyone else.
“These unproven allegations are completely and totally unacceptable in a civilized society,” said ACLU spokesman Jenny Talia. “We call on officials, reporters, and citizens to refrain from using the slanderous, falsely vilifying term ‘murder’ when referring to the hornets. We remind all that everyone is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”
Media outlets looking for new clickbait to replace played out COVID-19 stories have ramped up coverage of the Asian Giant Hornets after the world’s largest wasp was spotted in Washington state months and months and months and months ago without a peep.
The ACLU says sensational media coverage has made the court of public opinion convict the hornets before they’ve had a chance to defend themselves.
“These hornets immigrated to the United States in search of a better life for their families and just a few months later people are giving them slanderous, unfair labels that make people fear them,” Talia said. “This perpetuates an anti-Asian stigma. This is not what the United States does. Nobody should have to deal with any kind of hate toward them. I’ve seen people backing away and looking visibly afraid of the hornets because of labels. The media is not helping the situation with all these slanderous reports.”
Being the New Orleans area’s most reputable and trustworthy news source, Neutral Ground News sat down with two Asian Giant Hornets living in Washington state who wanted to set the record straight.
“People run just because of how we look and what the media says about us but we’re not that bad, really, and wish people would not listen to the talking heads,” said Asian Giant Hornet #534,871 while sipping tea and snacking on a honey bee’s head. “Our lawyers say it’s manslaughter at worst.”
Karen Karenson, Chief and Supreme Judge for the court of public opinion, doesn’t care what the ACLU or anyone else thinks, saying the hornets are dangerous insects that deserve the label.
“I don’t know much about these Murder Hornets but I do know they are spreading undocumented across our country and I do know they have a queen and that bitch is about to lose her crown. Believe you me, just wait ‘till I talk to the hive’s manager!”