The Oklahoma Insurance Department's "big tits" incident. Late on a recent Thursday afternoon, Okies across the state received what they thought was a pretty straightforward email from the Oklahoma Insurance Department.
The email was inviting affiliates to send in their nominations for awards to be given out at an upcoming tornado summit in March. Everything about the email was perfunctory, except one thing. The description for the Insurance Commissioner's Award read, "Presented to the girl with the biggest tits."
Less than a half hour later, the department sent out a corrected version of the email and an apology, which read in part: "The Oklahoma Insurance Department apologizes for an unauthorized draft of an email that was distributed containing offensive and unacceptable language. This email was traced to a staff person who has accepted full responsibility and is deeply apologetic. Disciplinary action is being taken.
"This email was not vetted through the normal process and neither the Insurance Commissioner nor any supervisory staff was aware of the distribution."
The guilty staffer was the department's communications director, Glenn Craven, who resigned over the tits-cident. Craven told media outlets in Oklahoma City he'd written the off-color joke as a reference to the Monty Python sketch. Craven appears to have riffed on an old sketch named "The All-England Summarize Proust Competition," in which the fictional judge Arthur Mee states, "Well, ladies and gentlemen, I don't think any of our contestants tonight succeeded in encapsulating the intricacies of Proust's master work. So, I'm going to give the award to the girl with the biggest tits."
We don't think the Oklahoma Insurance Department is a big fan of vintage Monty Python. Or, you know, implied sexual harassment.
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