Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Unmasked censorship

Students at one of the University of Colorado campuses have been forbidden to wear Halloween costumes that will upset the Easily Offended Community

University students in America have been told not to wear "offensive" Halloween costumes including cowboys, Indians and anything involving a sombrero. 
Students at the University of Colorado Boulder have also been told to avoid "white trash" costumes and anything that portrays a particular culture as "over-sexualised" - which the university says includes dressing up as a geisha or a "squaw" (indigenous woman).

Cowboys? Cowboys? They don't need your steeeeinking protection, senor. I thought this was just going to be a group of racial stereotypes, but its apparent institutionalized emotional weakness knows no bounds.

Do college students even realize when their freedom of expression is being trampled anymore? This bogus notion that people have a right not to be offended is taking root in their minds and it has to have come from somewhere. While colleges love to give shout-outs to free speech, their actions betray the hollowness of those statements.

Personally, I'm offended that male newpaper reporters were left off the list of overly-sexualized stereotypes. When will my personal suffering ever stop?

1 comment:

  1. Costumes are all stereotypes, that's how we can recognize them as this or that, first and foremost, that is the stupid part here, followed by the ridiculousness of worrying about offensiveness.

    Frankly what offends me and should be banned are college administrators, students, and staff, dressing up as pale, shallow imitations of people who actually respect and appreciate freedom of speech, expression, and so on.

    I'm sure they could dress up like an NRA member, or a republican though.

    (cowboys might have been banned because real ones have guns, and on the off chance they were offended it might be a reasonable precaution to to do anything that might set them off. Ha.)