Noxious though it is; toxic, in fact. But here it is in all its tainted glory:
This video shows the moment dozens of students encircled a Yale University official and screamed at him for sending an email telling them to ignore people dressed in offensive Halloween costumes.
Nicholas Christakis, the master of Silliman College at Yale, was surrounded after telling students to allow others to exercise free speech by wearing what they wanted on Halloween.
One girl – seen in a video published by The Fire – launched into a expletive-ridden tirade at sociology professor Mr Christakis, who was trying to tell her why he felt the university should not censor what people wear.
She shouted: ‘Be quiet! In your position as master it is your job to create a place of comfort and home for the students that live in Silliman. You have not done that.
‘By sending out that email, that goes against your position as master, do you understand that?’
When Mr Christakis said he did not agree with her, she replied: ‘Then why the f*** did you accept the position?
‘Who the f*** are you? You should step down. If that is what you think about being a master you should step down. Do you understand? It is about creating a home here. You are not doing that.
‘These freshmen come here and they think this what Yale is? They’re going to leave. They’re going to transfer because you are a poor steward of the community.
‘You should not sleep at night. You are disgusting.’
And YOU, child, are pathetic. Miserable, whiny, cowardly, reflexively fascist, over-entitled, narcissistic, spoiled-rotten little brat that you are, you’re the perfect representation of “liberalism’s” potential for stunting human decency and growth–Progressivism in full despicable flower. You’re beyond reason and beneath contempt. Hinderaker has a few questions:
First, are college students wearing a lot of Halloween costumes these days? I don’t recall seeing a single costume on campus during my college years. Maybe that’s changed.
Second, is there an epidemic of offensive Halloween costumes going on? I don’t think I have ever seen one, with the possible exception of a zombie costume or two that were overly bloody. As a thought experiment, I tried to imagine a Halloween costume that would offend me. I couldn’t come up with one. Heck, as far as I am concerned someone can trick or treat dressed up as me. I wouldn’t get bent out of shape about it.
Third, what’s with the kids snapping their fingers? Weird.
Fourth, what happened to the girl who screamed at the professor? When I was in college this would have been unthinkable. But if someone had not only thought of it but done it, he surely would have been expelled from school. Somehow I suspect that won’t happen here.
Fifth, the controversy over offensive Halloween costumes is generally couched as a free speech issue. To me, it seems like more a question of mental health. The young woman in the video became hysterical and behaved bizarrely not because she had been offended by a Halloween costume, which would be bad enough, but because she imagined the hypothetical possibility that such a costume might someday exist. She needs help. It sounds like quite a few other Yalies do, too.
I guess the moral of the story is, for God’s sake don’t let your children go to Yale.
Yeah. That, and for God’s sake don’t let your society get infiltrated, infested, and emasculated by “liberalism.” Because this sort of thing is PRECISELY where you’ll wind up–and it won’t only be at Yale, it will be salted throughout every level and facet of life, with finger-wagging nannies and scolds in your face wielding their smug self-righteousness like clubs every minute of every day, seeking to punish anyone who dares step out of line with their grey, drone-like, dreary existence. They’ll slap helmets on your kids when they ride their bikes down the block; strap you into your car with mandatory harnesses; smack the cigarette out of your hand in the corner bar; sneer at you at the grocery store for using a plastic bag; shut down your backyard barbecue because of its unacceptable carbon footprint; make it impossible for you to afford to heat your home in winter and fine you if you try to burn wood in your fireplace; make it impossible for you to earn a living if you work in any non-PC-approved industry; perch with a raging, howling mob on your doorstep and hound you out of gainful employment if you harbor thoughts or opinions that differ from their own; and behead you if you express any discomfort about sharing a bathroom or a shower with a mentally unbalanced male who wishes to pretend to be a woman.
Okay, I exaggerated just a wee bit on that last. But I’d expect the beheadings to begin eventually; it’s in their nature. In fact, you might fairly call the whole PC phenomenon the liberal version of sharia law.
TRIGGER WARNING update! Tracinski hits the nail on the heads.
The universities have done this to themselves. They created the whole phenomenon of modern identity politics and Politically Correct rules to limit speech. They have fostered a totalitarian microculture in which conformity to those rules is considered natural and expected. Now that system is starting to eat them alive, from elite universities like Yale, all the way down to, er, less-than-elite ones like Mizzou.
They created this Frankenstein monster, and it’s up to them to kill it before it kills them.
And it’s up to us to point and laugh every step of the way, and to add fuel to the pyre and light the match whenever the opportunity presents itself.