Bowdoin Students Facing Impeachment For Attending Party With Sombreros

BowdZmedalGold_220UnknownWe have been discussing the crackdown on speech deemed offensive or insulting to anyone or any group on U.S. campuses. The latest example can be found at Bowdoin, one of the country’s oldest and leading colleges. Two student government members are facing calls for punishment and impeachment for attending a party where some people wore tiny sombreros.

In the latest case, students threw a birthday party for a friend. The email invitation read: “the theme is tequila, so do with that what you may. We’re not saying it’s a fiesta, but we’re also not not saying that :).” The invitation was reportedly send by a student of Colombian descent who seemed concerned to even use the word “fiesta”. Some students wore miniature sombreros and pictures were posted to social media. That quickly prompted the launching of a formal investigation into an “act of ethnic stereotyping.”

20021_10153330925368194_5848403594537230124_nNotably, sombreros were worn at alumni events at the college as the Washington Post reported — and posted this picture.

In an interview, Michelle Kruk, a senior and vice president of student government, insisted that “It’s not about tequila or sombreros . . . It’s about casual racial and ethnic stereotyping and cultural insensitivity at a school that has seen far too many examples of both.” Sounds like it is the tequila and sombreros. The policing of stereotypes or insensitivity in the speech or associations of students has become a growing focus on colleges and universities. This movement has obvious and negative implications for free speech on campuses as well as associational rights. The point seems to be that college students who want to throw a themed party should be disciplined because they are too “casual” in their treatment of a given culture or group. The standard is so fluid as to be unintelligible to any but those objecting at any given moment.

What do you think?

48 thoughts on “Bowdoin Students Facing Impeachment For Attending Party With Sombreros”

  1. Like todays mexicans wear sombrero. They wear cinco dimio shirts….and the kids with american flags on their shirts on cinco de mayo get suspended. Viva the north american union built on lies.

  2. “We have been discussing the crackdown on speech deemed offensive or insulting to anyone or any group…”

    Why is tolerance a one way street? Why, and by what ‘authority’ should any speech be deemed offensive?

    I find many of the things others do to be immoral, repugnant, and offensive to my sensibilities. But I do not have the right to resort to violence to stop their actions. So why shouldn’t they have to tolerate my opinions of their behavior? Why should they be allowed to resort to some authority, usually government, who can wield the threat of violence, such as fining me or putting me in a cage, or in the case of a college or online forum, suspension or expulsion, if I choose to insult their sensibilities or offend them by what they may consider repugnant?

    I thought liberal minded persons believed in tolerance for everyone. How hypocritical can one get?

  3. Paul, Pat and Mike jokes are classic. The problem is the Irish talk so much, they are always long jokes, w/ a scenic route to the punchline. I was introduced to Norwegian, Ole and Lena jokes when I moved to WI in the 80’s. Norwegians are taciturn so the jokes are much shorter.

    1. Nick – look who the Irish have in their canon of great writers. Talking too much is not a problem. They are one of the few countries to still have an oral story telling tradition.

  4. Ou se trouve une toilet sil vous plait? I need to unload after a long day. A French outhouse is well needed.

  5. La Legion marche vers la front!
    Nous n’avons seulment des paroles!

    Je vous salue, 2e B.E.P !

  6. Tilting at windmills.

    When has student government actually been relevant?

    1. Darren Smith – I was involved with the student government at Scottsdale Community College and things got so bad that I and five others were sued for $1 million dollars. The arbitrator said we had done nothing wrong but they appeal and we settled for an amount that was less than their costs. I think my phone was tapped by the FBI at the same time. The student government at ASU has a lot of money to play with. They fund the speakers, the clubs, etc. There is a lot of power in student government that most people don’t know about.

  7. JR, Rock did nail it about real issues to protest in the 60’s. And, we did not have PC back then. Coincidence?

    1. Nick – we were getting PC back in the 60s. My family had stopped telling Pat and Mike jokes. I never used any of the words like spic, dago, mick, etc.

  8. Bowdoin needs to get a grip. Even were the wearing of sombreros a form of stereotyping, a debatable proposition, so what? A person who is ethnically or racially insensitive should be treated in the same way that one treats intentional flatulence on a bus, by isolating and avoiding the offender. Rudeness may bring social repercussions, but it ought not be regarded as an administratively, civilly or criminally actionable offense.

  9. “Fun with Cliches”

    1. All those commercials and SNL skits with the bad dancer white guy trying to pick up chicks
    2. All white guys can’t jump/dance movies/jokes/commercials
    3. Every rich white guy/big game hunter in every Hollywood movie
    4. Every Republican or Liberal cliche used on this blog and in the entire world
    5. Blond jokes, and every reference made to Jessica Simpson, including her own words on “Chicken of the Sea”
    6. The fact that most Middle Eastern parts in movies for the past 20 years are for terrorists
    7. Halloween
    8. How Americans are portrayed in foreign films/jokes/commericals
    9. How the French are portrayed in American films/jokes/commercials
    10. Zoolander 1 & 2, Head over Heels, and other comedies about models and every joke ever made about really ridiculously good looking people
    11. Stand up Comedy
    12. Jokes about ladies who like cats

    Come on, guys, it’s fun to laugh at ourselves if we’re not being mean.

    If these guys want to change the world, then why don’t they go pick up trash, set up a battery recycle drop off location, feed the homeless, or build a safe after school center that offers free tutoring for kids in dangerous neighborhoods?

  10. Chris Rock got it right when he said we had real issues to protest in the 60’s.

  11. Viva Le Boudin!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTjdcs-Mvvs

    “Le Boudin” (French pronunciation: ​[lə budɛ̃]), officially “Marche de la Legion Étrangère” (English “March of the Foreign Legion”), is the official march of the French Foreign Legion. “Le Boudin” is a reference to boudin, a type of blood sausage or black pudding. Le boudin colloquially meant the gear (rolled up in a blanket) that used to be carried atop the backpacks of Legionnaires.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  12. Elmer Fudd asked:

    Where the frig is Bowdoin anyway? How do you pronounce it. Bow-done or Bow Down or BowDoin as in coin?

    It’s in the booming Metropolis of Brunswick, Maine. It’s pronounced BO-din.

  13. Emperor His Highness Obombya has “Monarchical Kill List” (AKA “Presidential Kill List”) whereby Obombya assassinates 16 year old American Anwar Al Awlaki w/Hellfire missile (with obligatory Christian cross painted on the side) fired from Monarchical drone.

    Meanwhile, we expel students from University for wearing a sombrero.

    His Highness Obombya: “If you want to keep your third world banana republic, you can keep your third world banana republic.” Or, “We have always been at war with Oceania.” (George Orwell’s “1984”).

    I’m reminded of one of the all time classic comedy scenes, from a movie sadly and strangely not available in optical disc nor streaming: Through battlefield heroics during a revolutionary war, Woody Allen’s character in the movie “Bananas” has attained the exalted position of “El Presidente” of a podunk Central American banana republic. (He joined this war to win back the heart of love interest perfectly played by Louise Lasser.)

    Woody’s character is a tiny and kiss-me adorable NY Jewish replica of Fidel Casto, wearing green military garb, the cap, and fake beard suspended from his ears with clearly visible white elastic string. Woody greets the American Embassy Diplomat on the tarmac, as the Diplomat exits the plane with a female interpreter.

    The Diplomat and Woody both speak perfect English. The interpreter stares intently at each man while he speaks, then she turns to the other and repeats the same thing in English. Of course, the Diplomat exaggerates all his consonants and vowels to help Woody understand, and of course Woody talks like the perfect NY Jew, w/his patented stutter.

    Buy the VHS if it’s available, and buy a VHS player at Wal Mart for $29.

    1. Joseph Jones – the best part of Bananas is when Woody’s fellow revolutionary gets bitten by a snake and they all rush to suck the poison out. 🙂

  14. Elmer Fudd
    1, March 8, 2016 at 9:13 am

    The word “impeachment” does not seem to fit in with some college discipline.

    Where the frig is Bowdoin anyway? How do you pronounce it. Bow-done or Bow Down or BowDoin as in coin?

    Impeachment isn’t college discipline. It’s charges made against two student government members. The only thing at risk is their position in sg.

    But much more importantly: I just really love Elmer Fudd asking for pronunciation lessons 😉

  15. Steve – I have to ask my plumber I’m sure he could add to the list of poster boy candidates.

  16. This is absurd.

    What’s wrong with a Mexican theme or sombreros? Unless you are Mexican, your first thought when dressing for a fun Mexican theme is going to be “mariachi”, where they wear elaborate sombreros. When you go to Ensenada, there are sombrero souvenirs. Why is the insensitivity police patrolling these tourist towns, snatching up sombreros and shrieking that they are not cool?

    Do they want to ban Latin themed parties altogether? I thought we were supposed to expand our horizons and enjoy other cultures? What if they painted that ubiquitous picture on the wall of the volcanos and the warrior Popocteptl grieving over his princess Iztaccihuatl. Is it even possible to run a casual Mexican restaurant without the painting on the wall somewhere? Are they banning Despicable Me 2? The villain was called El Macho, had a big hairy manly chest and gold chain, was an excellent dancer, had a pet rooster (cock fighting reference, anyone?), faked his own death in the most macho way, and served chips and salsa out of a tortilla chip sombrero. They had fun with every Latin guy cliche out there.

    We have enough real problems in the world without wasting our time clutching our pearls about being offended at every nuance. Our kids are growing up more quick to offense than any emperor.

  17. I like that my daughter’s list of candidate undergraduate institutions keeps trimming itself with nonsense such as this.

  18. Sombreros are hats that protect the head, face and neck from sun rays that cause cancer in hot climates. PC people favor melanoma over people.

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