Raise Your Hand if You Ever Referred to Rachel Corrie as “St. Pancake”

The other day, DoD reader ‘antilgfwarrior’ posted a little reminder about the truth and rumor aspects of the use of this disparaging nickname for Rachel Corrie. So, The Boiler Room crew thought that sorting some of this stuff out might be a perfect excuse to take The World’s Greatest Blog Search Engine™ out for another spin, and what we found was pretty enlightening…

But first, we’ll get some of the background stuff out of the way. The truth:

  • “St. Pancake” is/was an entry in the LGF Dictionary, listed under “Terms that Originated on LGF”
  • “St. Pancake” was the nic of a lizard, active from ’05-’08 with over 25,000 posts (and at least 2 “hat tips“).
  • Rachel Corrie won the LGF “Fiskie” (Idiotarian) award for 2004, and this speaks for itself.
  • There is an LGF thread (still live) titled The Rachel Corrie Pancake Breakfast. In it, Charles says: “No, it’s not a joke.” (Really?)

Aside from that, there are countless front page LGF threads about Corrie that appear after her March ’03 death, and not a positive one in the bunch. In fact, looking back, CJ appears almost obsessed with her; sort of the Pam Geller of the era (the difference, of course, is that she’s, ya know…dead).

Now, in my LGF days (’06-’07), saying “St. Pancake” seemed to be A-OK, although I never used it (or felt compelled to). But sometime in between my departure and today things did change, and The Boiler Room crew discovered that it was only in the last 12 months that CJ took some real offence to its use, and threatened to ban posters who did it. We’re not sure what caused this, and given the facts above, he might want to clarify it to the current cultists.

In any case, there are literally hundreds of comments in the LGF archives that refer to Corrie as “St. Pancake”. Most of the authors haven’t been heard from in quite some time, and a few of them are some of our fellow DoD readers (we know who you are, so…).

But they’re not all gone:

And although she did use the term as well, we thought this made a better screencap:

(the link is now dead)

Exit question:  In light of CJ’s position now, do you think we’ll see our distinguished lizards above try to earn some extra karma and take it back?

Wednesday Morning Comic

(Hat tip: Bagua.)