On NRO, Anthony Dick looks at the strange case of the Occidental College DJ who was charged with sexual harassment for satirizing students who’d tried and failed to get him recalled as vice president of student government.
One complained of the “offensiveness” of the nicknames (Jason) Antebi used, while the other claimed that Antebi had created a “hostile environment” in violation of Title IX of federal law. Without waiting for a trial, the dean of students summarily decided to terminate Antebi’s position as a student-radio host. The management of the radio station objected, citing Antebi’s continuing popularity among listeners. But the dean prevailed.
Next, Occidental president Ted Mitchell unilaterally decided to disband the Associated Students of Occidental College (ASOC) — the student government in which Antebi was vice president. To explain this move, Mitchell cited “examples of abusive, intimidating, harassing behavior that have no place on our campus” that were “masquerading as open expression,” as well as “an unacceptable number of complaints and cross complaints involving ASOC officials.”
What I love best is the charge of mocking the Dutch ethnicity of one of the students. How often do you hear of anti-Dutch prejudice?