Ask Siri to Define "Bitch," and the Result Is Straight-Up Inexcusable
Siri's dictionary has a race problem.
When you ask your iPhone's robotic personal assistant to define the word "bitch," you receive the following definitions:
1. a female dog, wolf, fox or otter.
This second definition is where things get a little, well, problematic. Under "a spiteful or unpleasant woman," you get a couple variations on the theme of bitch-as-sexist-insult. The first: "a person who is completely subservient to another."
The second: "(black slang) a woman."
Let's be clear: For Apple to imply that the usage of a misogynist epithet is related to skin color is — say it with me now — not OK.
The Huffington Post first discovered this "definition" on Thursday.
The Oxford Dictionaries defines the word "bitch" in the exact same way as Siri. There's just one difference: Oxford designates the "woman" definition as "offensive" — not "black slang."
It seems that just a few years ago, Oxford's definition was exactly the same as Apple's, but it has since changed.
This isn't the first time Apple's dictionary has made waves. In 2013, Siri's definition of "retard" included the following: "a person of subnormal intelligence." This offensive definition has since been removed from Wolfram Alpha and Siri.
Mic has reached out to Apple and will update with any response.