Well knock me down with a feather, it is time to award another prestigious Prats of The Week Award.
This time it goes to the University of East Anglia Student Union.
For banning students from getting free sombreros from a local Tex-Mex restaurant.
Seemingly sombreros are "racist"!
Students were being given free sombreros at a freshers' fair by a local Tex-Mex restaurant, in a bid to drum up business, before they were ordered to stop; because it violated cultural appropriation rules.
Not content with merely banning the distribution of the sombreros, University of East Anglia student union officials also requisitioned (ie stole) the big floppy hats from students at the Freshers' Fair.
It is somewhat ironic that sombreros offered by a restaurant that sells Mexican food are deemed to be racist. Maybe the hapless restaurant should have handed out bowler hats instead?
Campaigns and Democracy officer (whatever that means?) Chris Jarvis is quoted by the Telegraph:
"We know that when it comes to cultural appropriation the issues can sometimes be difficult to understand and many don't realise that they may be about to cause offence or break a policy.I assume that all Speedy Gonzales films are banned by the union too?
So we're discussing internally how we can improve our briefing to both external organisations and our own members so that people aren't caught out at the last minute.
At the SU we want all members feel safe and accepted, so at all events we try to ensure that there is no behaviour, language or imagery which could be considered racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic or ableist."
The University of East Anglia Student Union, well deserving Prats of The Week!
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