—a la J Lo and her booty or Paris Hilton's "that's hot"—have pushed many Baltimoreans over the edge. Whiting's hopes to profit off of Baltimore's precious word have even got some people calling for massive unrest at next year's Little Miss Hon competition. Local zine
Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore!
is offering a way for people to channel their negative energy into a positive project.
of stories, essays, poetry, photography, and artwork about the significance of the word "Hon." The publication asks people to share their thoughts on the term's "celebration and exploitation." The deadline for submissions is Jan. 15, 2011.