Clemson University is a beautiful school located in Clemson SC. It is nestled in the mountains, and has a rich historical history, it is a top 25 Public University, and they have the #2 football team in the country, and of course I am a little biased because I graduated from there with my bachelors degree; however I am not too proud to call them out when they make boneheaded moves.
The administration at Clemson University is banning students from publicly displaying references to Harambe, saying he promotes racism and rape culture.
One Clemson freshmen leaked a screenshot to Campus Reform of an RA stating, “you cannot have any Harambe related thing up publicly after September 30th,” and threatening that point, “the individual/individuals will get in some trouble!”
The statement was released after an undisclosed malicious Harambe meme was directed towards a student, though the incident is only referenced obliquely in the message.
“If residents are asking why they have to take them down you can share that there was a report from an individual about a meme being offensive and bias [sic] in nature and as a result all Harambe references are no longer allowed within our community,” the missive says, adding that further questions can be directed to residence hall administrators.
The only exception, Graduate Community Director Brooks Artis told one student, is that Harambe-related decorations will still be permitted inside of dorm rooms, “where people would have to be invited into the space to see said decoration.”
This is just ridiculous. Anything can be misinterpreted, and a student being offended by a meme is crazy. These kids need to understand that they are in college. The real world is ugly, and it is mean, there are no “safe spaces.” Banning a gorilla meme won’t fix the problem. Just grow some thick skin, and ignore it.
So in light of Clemson banning the memes, we will provide some for your viewing pleasure…
H/T: Campus Reform