Student magazine 'Critic' bans use of Donald Trump name

Donald Trump
Donald Trump
His name is everywhere - from hats, to newspapers, to skyscrapers. But as of now, there is one media outlet in Dunedin where the United States President's name won't be found.

Otago University student magazine Critic has banned the words ''Donald Trump'' from its pages.

In an editorial in the first issue of Critic for 2018, titled ''Why This Is The Only Time You Will See the Words 'Donald Trump' in Critic This Year'', editor Joel MacManus describes the decision as ''our small and almost entirely pointless form of protest from all the way on the other side of the world''.

Critic's style guide would now tell writers to replace the words ''Donald Trump'' with his title or a nickname when appropriate.

Before the Republican became US president, Mr Trump came from the business world and was star of the TV series The Apprentice.

Mr MacManus said he hoped the policy would draw attention to the ''absurdity'' of Mr Trump's statements and actions.

''When we use his name, we think of the TV star, the grandiose showman of casinos and golf courses, the guy that we all treated as a clown,'' Mr MacManus said..

''When he does something insane, we shrug it off. We shouldn't. We should treat it as we would treat any president or leader saying what he says or doing what he does.''

Critic said it hoped more media outlets would follow its lead in not printing Mr Trump's name.


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