Dem Lawmaker Calls For Removal Of ‘Offensive’ Joseph Hooker Sign

Amber Athey | Media and Breaking News Editor

A Democratic lawmaker in Massachusetts wants to remove a sign at the State House honoring General Joseph Hooker because she believes the sign is “offensive” to women.

State Representative Michelle DuBois says it is time to get rid of the “General Hooker Entrance” at the Massachusetts State House because she believes the sign is a “double entendre” posing as respect for a Civil War hero.

The sign is allegedly an assault on “women’s dignity” because the general’s name happens to double as an insulting word about female prostitutes.

“Female staffers don’t use that entrance because the sign is offensive to them,” DuBois claimed to WBZ-TV. 

Hooker was a major general in the Union Army during the Civil War and was famously defeated by Gen. Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Chancellorsville.

A statue of the general sits opposite the State House entrance. However, DuBois believes that the sign is “out of context” and leads to too many distasteful jokes by teenage boys.

“Ive seen teenboys tease teengirls about being ‘general hookers’ waiting in line at the entrance,'” she complained on Twitter. “Either Gen’s first name should be added or change the entrance name.”

DuBois said removing the sign is “not a priority” for her, but she still thinks it should eventually be removed or changed.

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