We're just five days into 2016, and we've already got our first example of DC Comics doing something stupid. To be fair, the year started off with a holiday and a weekend, so they did have a bit of an advantage. The latest stupidity:
The problem? People from Pakistan don't speak Pakistanian, which is not an actual language. According to Wikipedia, the national language of Pakistan is Urdu, and there are over sixty languages spoken in the country. But none of those are Pakistanian, because Pakistanian, again, doesn't exist.
Now, you might say that it's a reasonable error for someone unfamiliar with Pakistan to not know the name of the country's official language, and that would probably be true if it were you and I having a casual conversation, and I, hypothetically lacking even rudimentary knowledge about Pakistani culture, said to you, "If I had to take a wild shot in the dark, I might say that people from Pakistan probably speak Pakistanian," and you corrected me to say, "That's not a language," to which I might reply: "Oh. I didn't know that. Perhaps I will do some research and find out more about this." But when an editor working for a division of a multinational conglomerate, whose job it is to get facts like this straight, makes the error in an international publication, it becomes far less reasonable, and verges into the realm of "there's really no excuse for that." Especially when the god damn internet exists, and this is easily fact checked in any number of ways, including, but not limited to:
- A Google search
- Asking a Pakistani person
- Looking at the little red squiggly line underneath Pakistanian on your word processor, which indicates it is not a word:
Want to bet they clicked "Add to Dictionary?"
And so, kicking off 2016 with a bang, let's reset the counter. It has been zero days since DC Comics did something stupid.