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College snowflakes outraged over appropriation and racism found in ...Steve Martin's 1978 'King Tut' song?
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We write a lot about how liberal college kids are desperately searching for something to be outraged about. Without that constant sense of self-righteous superiority, they'd be no better than your average "student" and would be forced to learn something that actually matters.
They argue that, no, they're just concerned kids who see a lot of evil in the world and confront it whenever they can. They focus on current events and carp about whatever happens as if it was happening to them personally - all in an effort to change the world for the better.
If that's the case, if they're not just searching for their next rage-du-jour, how do you explain this?
From the Washington Examiner:
Comedian Steve Martin’s rendition of “King Tut” is triggering social justice warriors at Reed College because they see it as a form of cultural appropriation.
The video and song was brought to students’ attention when it was played in a humanities class at Reed to spur discussion. Students became so worked up over the video, however, that they have demanded the course be made optional until alternative coursework can be created.
The group primarily upset about the video being played in class, Reedies Against Racism, is comparing Martin’s comedic song to the use of the N-word. The Atlanticspoke to members of Reedies Against Racism to get a better idea as to why they are upset about the King Tut song from 1978.
One member of Reedies Against Racism told the Atlantic the song is “like somebody … making a song just littered with the N-word everywhere.” She went on to say that the Egyptian clothing that the backup dancers wear is racist as well. “The gold face of the saxophone dancer leaving its tomb is an exhibition of blackface,” she said.
Reedies Against Racism also released a lengthy list of demands which includes a paid day off for Reed staff to boycott the very college they’re making demands to. Another demand was that the university host “mandatory conferences for building race sensitivity for staff and faculty.” Reedies Against Racism also demanded “the creation of particular scholarships for black students.” Students also want the school to host an “Annual anti-oppression workshop for all students, faculty, staff, and administration.”
That's right. According to the future liberal brain trust, "King Tut" - a joke about the comercialization and exploitation of an ancient culture - is basically a racist minstrel show. ...And the kids need some time away from their ever-so-serious intellectual pursuits to protest it the following video.
Sorry if you're traumatized by the horrific nature of that clip. We probably should have posted some kind of trigger warning. After all, we must be sensitive to crazy peoples' deeply held opinions about the injustice contained in 40-year-old comedy sketches.
God help them if they every watch "The Jerk."