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Nation's Sock Puppets Decry Negative Stereotypes

(Washington, DC) Angered by what they call "misleading and hurtful characterization," a group representing the nation's sock puppets has been formed to combat misperceptions.

Called Sock Puppets United to Negate Knockaboutery (SPUNK), the group is launching a media blitz to improve the public image of the fabric figures.

"We are fed up with being lumped with Interent frauds and Bush administration lackeys," said 'Spazz,' a group spokesock. "We have lives and families of our own, and most of us can carry on an argument without someone putting words in our cotton mouths."

The term "sock puppet" began to be used in a derogatory fashion in the 1990s in UseNet groups, said Spazz.

"But it's time to reclaim our name," he said. "For far too long the term "sock puppet" has been appropriated by mean people, and..."

The face of Spazz suddenly scrunched up, and he began to speak in a high-pitched screech.


Returning to normal, Spazz apologized for the outburst.

"I think I have some sort of Tourette's disorder," he said. "That kind of stuff seems to just happen. I can't explain it." Loretta Nall

Does SPUNK have a website where I can support their cause??
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