October 21, 2021
Outraged citizens and lawmakers wondered why the State Department celebrated “International Pronouns Day” on Wednesday amid a series of global crises they argued better deserved its attention.
“Today on International Pronouns Day, we share why many people list pronouns on their email and social media profiles,” the department tweeted.
— Department of State (@StateDept) October 20, 2021
The State Department explainer, which encouraged an understanding of “Pronoun Proficiency,” provided a list of some of the updated identifications being used by individuals.
“Third-person personal pronouns are used to describe a person or people, in American English grammar, as the subject, as the object or in the possessive,” the State Department wrote. “These pronouns include the gender-neutral they/them/theirs — words that traditionally refer to a plural number but that today are used by some individuals who identify as gender nonbinary or who prefer not to share gender information. Other pronouns include the feminine she/her/hers and the masculine he/him/his. Some people are pioneering gender-neutral pronouns such as ze/zir/zirs.”
The agency tweeted out the celebratory progressive message amid reports China caught U.S. intelligence off guard by launching a hypersonic missile, and while Americans were still stranded in Afghanistan, among other pressing foreign policy crises.
Our leaders were reportedly blindsided by China launching a hypersonic missile capable of carrying a nuke. I wonder how they missed that. https://t.co/va4F2QxtcQ
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) October 21, 2021
There are still Americans in Afghanistan. https://t.co/yMeWznk1lE
— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) October 21, 2021
Several lawmakers took aim at the department too.
“What are you doing about China’s expanded nuclear capabilities?” Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., asked. And Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., did a virtual shake of his head after seeing the State Department’s priorities.
What are you doing about China’s expanded nuclear capabilities? https://t.co/UsUup0OXRS
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) October 20, 2021
This is what the people in charge of our nations foreign policy are working on today https://t.co/hJk2fpyzPj
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 20, 2021
Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell sounded off on the “politicization” of his “beloved” State Department. He singled out Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman for “neutering our diplomats.”