The University of Florida gave students a hotline so that they could tattle on fellow students for culturally insensitive Halloween costumes!
The Halloween hotline seemed to have backfired, however, as prank calls filled the lines after a Fox Sports commentator instigated them with a call of his own.
Fox Sports commentator Clay Travis prank called the line pretending to be a gay student who was deeply offended by a Harambe costume.
Of course he then shared the number with his audience.
Campus Reform reports:
The hotline quickly turned into a running joke, however, after Fox Sports commentator Clay Travis prank called the line during one of his live shows. He pretended to be a gay student offended by a Harambe costume.
“I went to a fraternity party last night and there was somebody dressed as Harambe, the gorilla, and I found it to be really racially insensitive,” Travis said on the call. “It’s really disappointing that the University of Florida is not taking my microaggressions seriously because, I mean, I’m really upset about this costume that I saw.”
The Alligator reports that Travis’ call inspired his listeners to prank the hotline as well. It led to more than 40 false reports that taxed the hotline’s resources. Travis said he first learned of the hotline from a reader. He wanted to use the prank phone call to satirize overly-sensitive college students before giving the hotline’s number out to his listeners.
Our Universities have gone off the deep end.
Culturally insensitive Halloween costumes? Our college students are not any tougher than that? A Halloween costume offends?
Thank goodness we have enough sane college age youth willing to show the University of Florida how stupid the whole thing really is.
We are supposed to be a nation of people who are tough. That is why we were given the 1st Amendment in the first place. We are supposed to be able to handle more than puppy dogs and butterflies.
“The university in no way is regulating Halloween costumes,” UF spokeswoman Janine Sikes argued. “Our students are free to wear whatever costumes they want.”
Yeah, right! After they got caught being stupid!
The University of Florida Gator publication put out this explanation:
As a community, we aspire to demonstrate integrity, respect, and compassion that strives to maintain an affirming campus climate for all members of our community. If you are troubled by an incident that does occur, please know that there are many resources available. Please take advantage of the 7 day a week presence of the U Matter, We Care program at the University of Florida by emailing [email protected] Additionally, there is a 24/7 counselor in the Counseling and Wellness Center available to speak by phone at 352-392-1575. Lastly, the Bias Education and Response Team at the University of Florida is able to respond to any reported incidents of bias, to educate those that were involved, and to provide support by connecting those that were impacted to the appropriate services and resources. You may submit a bias incident report at www.umatter.ufl.edu/stopbias.Thank you for being mindful of these values, and have a fun and safe Halloween