Satire and sensitivity

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?

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  1. Occidental College is the fountainhead of multiculturalism, but somebody needs to inform the powers that be that Dutch people are white and, therefore, fair game.

  2. If it is sexual harassment to use the term “douche” and “vagina” (or its alternatives) to describe other males… every single male who has ever been on a sports team, in a fraternity, or even a bunch of neighborhood friends is guilty.

  3. “How often do you hear of anti-Dutch prejudice?” Where I grew up, every other person had a name ending in -ski. Instead of Polish jokes, we told Hollander jokes (reference to Holland, Michigan, which was settled by the Dutch). However, I can’t say that anyone was actually prejudiced against the Dutch.

  4. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Dutch date, uncle, rub, ****.

  5. “There’s only two things I hate in this world. People who are intolerant of other people’s cultures and the Dutch.”

  6. Indigo Warrior says:

    Even the name of the college, Occidental, is a racist anti-white pejorative. If the PC moguls have deemed “oriental” a bad word for East Asians; then its opposite, “occidental” would by logic also have to be a bad word for North-West Europeans.