Penn State sorority sisters denigrate Mexicans in party photo
Penn State's Chi Omega chapter apologized for this photo that was posted on Tumblr.
December 5th, 2012
12:37 PM ET

Penn State sorority sisters denigrate Mexicans in party photo

By Moni Basu, CNN

(CNN) - Penn State has had its share of controversy for a while, but this week it is getting some more unwanted attention.

The university's Chi Omega sorority chapter is under investigation after a photo with Mexican stereotypes surfaced on a social media site.

It shows a group of sorority members dressed in ponchos and sombreros and wearing fake mustaches. One woman holds a sign that says: "Will mow lawn for weed + beer." Another sign says: "I don't cut grass. I smoke it."

The photograph was taken at a Mexican-themed party around Halloween, according to the independent college blog, Onward State. It was posted last week on Tumblr.

The university's Panhellenic Council said it had received concerns about the photo and that the council does not condone derogatory behavior from members.

"The Penn State Panhellenic Council recognizes the offensive nature of the photo and is therefore taking the matter very seriously," the executive board said in a statement.

"We are addressing the situation immediately with the members of the chapter in conjunction with their national headquarters," it said. "Our council and all its members strive to hold ourselves to a high standard and are disappointed by any failure to meet these expectations."

Jessica Riccardi, president of the Chi Omega chapter at Penn State, released an apology to The Daily Collegian newspaper.

“Our chapter of Chi Omega sincerely apologizes for portraying inappropriate and untrue stereotypes," she said. "The picture in question does not support any of Chi Omega’s values or reflect what the organization aspires to be."

The connections to the sorority were discovered through members' names tagged on Facebook, Onward State said. The posts have since been taken down.

Penn State public relations director Lisa Powers said that university officials have had conversations with Chi Omega members and that the women have expressed "deep remorse."

"The students in the photo are within their First Amendment rights to express themselves in this way, although we are certainly appalled that they would display this level of insensitivity and lack of judgment," Powers said.

"Because the right of free expression is guaranteed under the Constitution - for both behaviors we disagree with or for those that we support - we are approaching this as a teachable moment to engage this group of young women in discussions about their actions and to further educate them about diversity issues," she said.

Powers said the national leadership of Chi Omega will have to decide if disciplinary action is warranted.

A statement from Chi Omega headquarters said, "Personal degradation has no place in our organization, even if such behavior is meant facetiously or in jest. The Chi Omega national organization is taking this situation very seriously and is being thoughtful and deliberate regarding any sanctions or educational directives for the chapter."

At least one student at Penn State demanded a direct apology from Chi Omega to all Latinos.

"This is not a joke. This is our culture," said Ariel Coronel, president of the Penn State Latino Caucus.

She was shocked when she first saw the photo and said the signs the women were holding were especially offensive.

"There's a huge drug war going on in Mexico and you have a sign that says, 'We will mow lawns for weed and beer,' " Coronel said. "It's wrong on so many levels. How can you think this is OK?"

The reactions to the incident varied on Twitter. Here are two:

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  1. J-Tjuan

    I think the way these things are taken depends on who says it. Comedians on SNL, Key and Peele and shows on Comedy Central and all kinds of cartoons such as Family Guy and Boondocks make racial jokes all the time. It is funny then, but when so call normal people do it, it is offensive. As a African American, I don't really get angry with anything anymore. There are going to be ignorant people everywhere and there is nothing I can do about it so I don't waste my time on getting angry. More people should follow suit.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • jt88

      To some extent I agree with you, and as a civil society we should be able to move beyond this. Or rather, we shouldn't be making light of these stereotypes anymore. But being apathetic just gives a dangerous license to those who don't merely mean certain actions as a joke. In other words, if no one speak out about it, it can only get worse.

      I understand the "don't feed the trolls" mantra, but sometimes (such as with these girls), there needs to be a public shaming.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JNM

    So who's upset here? Mexicans, or some white leftist urbanites with their little feelings and sensitivities and little – well, I'll stop there.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • CP in FL

      According to the story, at least one campus Latino group's leader was upset. Everything does not have to be left or right. You are obviously out in wingnut land.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rgtoomuch

    I have two words for this article.....memin pinguin. This is a cartoon character that holds a striking resemblence to little black sambo. Mexico was called on the carpet about this and their response was, it is a part of their heratige and they will continue to print this cartoon character. So, tell me why they can offend and expect to receive respect. So quick to get upset over what others are doing to them yet they have no sympathy about what they are doing to others. Sounds like they are saying "do what I say not what I do".

    December 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ditto

    nothing but quality white people at Penn State.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baron23

      People need to get a grip. Almost all humor is based on sterotypes, including when a black comedian does a nasal twang of a white guy....and everybody laughs. Cheech Marin made a living out of sterotyping his Mexican background. This outrage is just silly and only teaches (one would hope) people to not post pictures to public websites.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeb

    Is this a Republican sorority?

    December 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. F Daniel Gray

    Are "Mexicans" a race? The Jews? "Indians?

    December 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Myto Senseworth

    People are too sensitive these days. They mean no harm.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hateuall

    AS you can see, it is obvious why over 50% of all college graduates are unemployable. Not because they smoke weed. Because they are stupid enough to post of themselves bragging about it. The average college student is totally stupid and most companies know that.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JPS

    These young women are within their right to free speech and expression. Many may or may not have an opinion on this as in the same way it may bother some and not others. Living in this Country we ALL enjoy these same rights and freedoms. Its about time folks concern themselves with more important issues than this. I fought and continue to serve this Country for their benefit, for mine and for those of you reading this. Lets laugh more, work harder to get along, strive to educate our youth (at a more reasonable cost) and push our elected officials to fix our economy.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dorothy

      You're right. We should work to get along with each other. When are these young ladies going to start? Yes, they have the right to be racist, but I also have a right to call them out on it. They should be ashamed, if they were just drunk and stupid. If they are racist, then there is nothing I can do about it, but I sure will point it out often and loudly.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Just Sayin

    What Outrage? Who? Give me a break! I just wish I could be invited. Sorority Girls Drinking! YES!! College would just not be the same without it.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CausinAScene

    I found the photo rather amusing. but then again I have a sense of humor and see things as they are and not as I would wish them to be..it's just a bunch of girls having fun. not much different than if they were to have an "Irish" night or an "Asian" themed party..did anyone but me notice there seems to be a "Latina" sitting to the left of the sign that states they will mow for beer or weed? how about the Asian girl to the far left? would I be offended as an American of Irish ancestry if they were all dressed like Leprechauns? with signs stating they would like to discover a "Pot" of "Gold"...no..no I wouldn't Because it's a stereotype..thats all..doesn't mean it true. if it did bother me I would have many more fights to fight because stereotypes are everywhere. there's even a car dealership in my town that uses the Leprechauns image for their Mascot.. How about Norte Dame? whats their mascot again.??. get over it. your too PC and take yourselves way too seriously..

    December 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JR

    Let's face it, this age group is not renown for it's great decision-making ability. Additionally, am I the only one to notice at least 3 Asian-looking students in the picture? The photo is not of the best quality. There may be other races/ethnicities represented in the photo that I simply cannot discern.
    I merely point this out to those who call out regarding diversity and racism and such.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom

    The difference between them and real mexicans is that the real ones work on their feet rather than their backs (don't complain about being all pc n'that, they did it, they want us to have thick skin, they can take it).

    December 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dorothy


      December 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DefyTheGods

    I can understand where there's a problem, if the "soror's" did it to express hatred of other people. I think we're confusing hatred with humor. Lisa Lamponelli(comedianne) does entire stand-up routines based on ethnic/racial jokes. Ethnic jokes are funny; whether they're about blacks, whites, mexicans, etc. I think we're becoming too sensitive. People have far greater issues to address than that of who's making fun of their cultures. We're turning into a society of people, who walk on egg shells around each other. This, I think, weakens us.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. it was bad

    Woody: I suppose if these girls had dressed up as wounded veterans and held up signs like: "We're sad people who won't do anything with the rest of our lives", you might have an angry reaction? Would that cross the PC line for you?

    I'm not even remotely Mexican or Latino and I found that photo offensive. This kind of boorish behavior needs to be discouraged because what goes around comes around. You, Woody, might be ok with the slur here but one day you won't be. The answer? None of it is ok.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  16. WachetAuf

    The apple does not fall far from the tree. For better or worse, they are the children of their parents.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • DefyTheGods

      I notice 2 asian college women in this photo. I guess they are also the "children of their parents", from whom they learned to be racist against mexicans? This is the proverbial molehill made into a mountain.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  17. CT

    We have two parts in this story...those who think it was just a joke and party in which they were mocking the hispanics, but in particular those who are from mexico...It would have probably been ok and funny just for them to put on the sombreros and ponchos...but when it comes to the message they displayed it turns the whole story around...yes we live in a free country where we have freedom of speech and thats great, but we have to be aware how we affect others..we already live in world thats full of violence and hatre among others, why provoke more problems..Cutting the yards..working in the fields is a descent job..its better than stealing..those girls who particiapte in the picture might be eating tomatoes form a mexican who picked them out in the fields..we are no one to judge others...mexicans are great hardworking persons..yes there are bad ones...but bad persons are everywhere..the criminals are not just mexicans...just hope everything gets cleared up apologize if there intention was to offened and those offened forgive...if it was not there intention and there was a story behind it..just clear it up and explain what happened

    December 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Runmoe

    Looks like they are just acting like typical college age girls. No harm no foul. Let's move on.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |

      I find it offensive that you find this offensive......relax, it's all good, no need to apologize.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  19. yvgeny

    The people who are upset don't know who made them upset. It's a trick question that only a buddhist can answer.
    They are drunk girls, give em a break, it's not like they beat each other to death in a bus, just for fun, or murdered everyone who opposes drugs as a viable business.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Mark Dye

    They have an Asian in the clan. What's the problem?

    December 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      That's funny.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  21. GenYer

    Racism is ugly and parents of all races continue to teach their children that it is OK to be racist. Just walk down a populated street or sit in a restaurant for a while and listen to what people say about each other. It is horrible. Some of the stuff they say, it is like listening to stereotype jokes, only they are totally serious and really believe the jokes. Ignorant....SMH....

    December 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaky Little Boat

      Sigh, this is not racism.

      It is Bigotry.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  22. J D.

    No one cares about this. This story will be forgotten in a day.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  23. D Palmer

    “Our chapter of Chi Omega sincerely apologizes for [being caught] portraying inappropriate and untrue stereotypes," [which we laughed hysterically about all night and every time we looked at this group photo we took

    December 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  24. aqueduct

    the fact that this is headline news is a complete joke

    December 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  25. lol

    edit: "Beliefs"

    December 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  26. sharpnickelz

    People are acting like these girls drew a picture of Muhammad or something....

    December 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  27. lol

    What kind? The bigot who voted for the "White" guy mostly because he's white and hides behind his BS conservative agenda instead of admitting that he's a racist to the core and that's part of what really drives his political believes. The same people who despise social programs not because it helps fellow American's but because it mostly helps poorer minorities that he considers less than himself and less of an American. Tell me Republican's; How many racists and members of hate groups out there are registered Democrats? Do you really believe a racist skinhead will vote for a liberal? What weed are you smoking?

    December 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  28. bmanjagr

    when people in other countries dress up as "americans" with cowboy hats and cowboy boots is anybody offended? i dont think mexicans are offended by them wearing panchos and such. it is the signs that take it too far, for me.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • JMOChicago

      I think most Americans would be offended if a group of Europeans dressed in cowboy hats and boots, and posed with signs saying."We don't work...we outsource our work to other countries!" and "Will invade your country in exchange for Oil and bags of Hot Cheetos" and "Don't torture us, we'll torture you!" Because these are potentially nasty stereotypes of Americans that would be insulting to Americans...as these very nasty signs insult the people that they think they are portraying. It's an ignorant photo.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  29. brad

    First Mexican is not a race so the story at the start that says shows racism towards mexiacans is wrong. Is it offensive to Puurto Rican's Columbians' people form Hondourus, from Guatamala, Dominican Republc.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  30. ShawnDH

    These girls are gross. I hope they are ashamed and embarrassed.

    And to people babbling about free speech, obviously free speech is protected and these dumb girls are perfectly free to make fools of themselves. However, saying and doing stupid things can still have consequences.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  31. What?

    What are you talking about? Your reply is a non sequiter; the only relationship seems to be that you both said "Mexican" and "Christian".

    To riff on your admonishment to get educated - learn to read.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  32. LOL!!!

    The only thing offensive is the terrible name choice. "Chi Omega" LOL.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  33. InFormed

    Is this any different from having a 1920's themed 'gangster' party, a Hawaiian themed party etc. Come on, how absurd. Lots of smoke but no fire here people, move along, there's other comment sections that are way more interesting and controversial. In case someone makes the FALSE assumption that this is racism, lets point out that 'Mexican' is not a race.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • American

      I like it. Why are Mexicans ashamed of their Heritage? Have you ever traveled to Mexico? Or East LA? Right on target. What a fun party.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • RC

      Well, I think you should not use that name as it apparently does not fit! See, it is not the "theme" or the costumes that are offensive. But I won't bother going into trying to explain what is because it will be pointless. I'm sure (hope) that eventually you'll figure it out.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Shad

    Maybe the over weight girls should be mad. There are no over weight girls in this photo.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  35. darknesscrown

    Uh, what's so offensive about this? It's college kids being stupid. UNACCEPTABLE! Everyone should behave with tact and sensitivity at all times...regardless of whether or not you've got a blood-alcohol level pushing 3 times the legal limit. Get a grip. Anyone offended by this needs to identify themselves immediately so I can punch you in the face.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaky Little Boat

      Bring it!

      December 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • darknesscrown

      These girls are probably so intoxicated in that picture it's a miracle any of them were even alive to apologize for this non-issue.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  36. InFormed

    'Mexicans' are not a race.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Texan

    So now no one is free to poke fun at anyone. What happened to freedom of speech? Has anyone seen how people in other countries portray Americans? They don't poke fun at us, they want us dead. When will yall recognize we are being attacked from within. I challenge anyone to tell me I can't speak my mind.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaky Little Boat

      Freedom of responsible speech lives on.

      Bigots will still be pointed out.

      Hope that helps.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jeff S

        "Responsible" speech? The first amendment makes no such qualifications. People are free to speak their mind, and other are free to disagree. But don't try to make it sound like only certains kinds of speech are allowed.

        December 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Leaky Little Boat

        Nope. Sorry but responsible speech is defined and upheld by the highest court in the land.

        Try again.

        December 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • ShawnDH

        Jeff S:

        What on Earth are you talking about?

        Their free speech is protected. That doesn't mean there are never any consequences, which is the part you obviously don't understand.

        December 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • ShawnDH


        What are you babbling about? Their speech is protected. But sometimes there are consequences to saying stupid things. It's not that hard to understand.

        December 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Leaky Little Boat

        Anyone not understanding "Responsible Speech" is ignorant of laws of the land.

        If you would like a lesson, I would suggest an easy extreme. Walk up to your nearest law enforcement offices and proclaim loudly that you intend to end his/her life in a violent manner. Please be as graphic as possible and do this in front of as many witnesses as possible.


        December 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Phineas

        Shawn, please get new parts for your head. It might help you to learn how to read.

        December 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • sharpnickelz

        The only consequence of saying stupid (and funny) things is laughter.

        December 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShawnDH

      Ummm, they're not going to be arrested.

      They are perfectly free to make fools of themselves. HOWEVER free speech doesn't mean there are NO CONSEQUENCES to ignorant hate speech.

      Also it's totally irrelevant what other countries do. These girls have embarrassed themselves and their school.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • sharpnickelz

        More like funny joke speech.

        December 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      No one is going to jail Texan...but one has to face consequences when using our cvaluable right of free speech!!

      December 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Dellaroccokc

    Very nice and easy transition you made there. Completely the same. Sorority girls to clansman. Flawless

    December 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Ellen

    It looks like it was a fun party with a bunch of girls in party hats, no different than having Italian dinner night except that they don't run with big hats. The main issue, which I assume they thought was humerous, is the two girls with the signs in front, referring to use of an illegal drug and if they are under 21, illegal use of alcohol. I agree that they should explain themselves to their parents, because if the signs indicate their activities interest at colleg, the parents are wasting their money. So except for those two, it looks like a bunch of girls having a party, and taking a photo which ends up splashed all over the Internet, and in this article. There's an issue to discuss with these girls, how posting pictures will follow you forever.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • brad

      So if a girl in school is drinking alcohol you are wasting your money. Wow, so are most parents wasting money with sending them to college because many of the students drink. I don't think i am wasting my money when she comes out and has that college degree and gets her a nice job. I should have saved my money and had a girl that goes and works at Walmart after she sat around her entire life and never gets past a cashier. Forget about at the end of four years they have a college education the fact that they have a few drinks is wasting money. COME ON

      December 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Jeff

    I would comment, but I'm white and I'm not allowed to have an opinion on racial issues.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Vince

    It is offending as a whole. Take out the signs and it is just another Mexican themed party, not a big deal to me. It is possible the signs where added for the photo more about the students use of alcohol and drugs not referring to Mexicans. But come on girls...think before you snap that shot, I mean there are 30 of you there. Also, why apologize to all Latinos? This is a Mexican look alike party.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  42. GaryOwen27

    Yea, they did, they just don't want some pervert republican dictating what they can and can't do with their bodies.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  43. John

    I am latino, and the only stereotype I see in the signs is about mexicans mowing the grass, which I don't see it as a big thing. The girls (seem to me) meant to say that they would do it for weed and beer. Like many university kids, they keep telling jokes about how much they like their beer and marijuana. I don't think they are referring to mexicans but to themselves.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Myto Senseworth

    No issue here. There must not be any news if this is what we have to read.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  45. brad

    LOLOL, looks like fun!! All I got to say is, I hope they do it again, and I could care less if people are offended. It's funny, mexicans can use that humor, and they do all the time in their jokes, stereo type jokes, but oh my, a white person doing it, now that is racist. (rolls eyes)

    December 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Jeff

    Funny picture! It's making fun of a stereotype. People are just too weak nowadays and can't take a joke.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  47. gh

    It seems like today one can only be a racist if they are white. It's really funny how white guilt has turned against us.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • brad

      I don't feel guilty for being white at all. I'm proud to be white, for the simple reason that that is who I am, white, male, 5 foot.........you get the point. Blacks, mexicans, asians, they can say whaterver they want, I don't really care, I"m not racist, I didn't do those things, I didn't support those things, and their people did it to, so, yeah, what do I have to feel guilty about?

      December 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jay

        As a black man I doubt you really want me to hit home with the stereotypes about the multi-issues of whites throughout this nation.

        December 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Phineas

        Pride in skin color? What a quality human being...

        Being white is completely incidental to your life. It only matters what a person does.

        Is it really necessary to point out that you're not responsible for any of the problems white people caused historically? You must be a really insecure individuals.

        But your priceless moment was "...they did it too!"


        December 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Ray

    "Deep remorse."

    Public education is packed from top to bottom with "diversity"-felching Marxist robots whose only priorities are keeping their jobs and putting whites in their places.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Kristin

      Ray, you're ignorance knows no bounds. But keep commenting, please. I'm doing a dramatic reading of your remarks for my colleagues. It's good stuff.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  49. normal guy

    This is a joke and it should be viewed as such. You do not see people freaking out when a comedian makes racist jokes that are typically much worse than this picture on comedy central or on youtube. People are always looking for a reason to freak out about something, often times this is done as a mechanism to make themselves forget about their own, real problems and faults. learn to take a joke. CNN....I cant believe you put this on your website or even posted it at all. People's inability to accept a harmless joke is going to lead to many girl's bright futures being destroyed. Where has our sense of humor and tolerance gone?

    December 6, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  50. Solemei

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! Very funny :)!

    December 6, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  51. GozieBoy

    Isn't this the same Democrat-controlled state that voted to re-elect Barack Obama in large numbers?

    December 6, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • gsnlou

      They are not Christians, believe in evolution, go to liberal arts college/university, and voted for Obama. They have to be the forerunner of the progressive society!! Hey, it is Mehico's fault for not being able to survive the "compliment". It is all fair and game for them blondies, YOLO!

      December 6, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  52. White

    Racism is alive and well here in America. Deal with it. Just like religion, everyone has their own views. Although organized religion is a complete joke. (: HA HA HA HA

    December 6, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  53. GAW

    He man woman hater me thinks.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  54. Gabriel.

    I agree. If they had put on black-face to "celebrate" African Americans or Orthodox Jewish clothing to with fake wigs and beards to "celebrate" the Jews we'd be seeing some real punishments.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |

    Whatever happed to one of the most meaningful axioms ever created? 'Sticks and Stones May Break My Bone But Names Will Never Hurt Me'. Grow a spine you sniveling twits! A bunch of drunken sorority punks dress up like your uncle Pedro, so what? Don't want to hear about impressions made either. Make fun of me or any group I may belong to all you want, it is just words. Do some physical harm to me or my family then you have a problem.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  56. rascal

    abolutely 100% agree look at all the bigots leading the big companies 🙂

    December 6, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  57. damnvalley

    I'm jealous of this party. Looked like it was a lot of fun.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  58. W8a2nd

    Much ado about nothing. Sans sombreros, I guess they would be offending all men (and women) with mustaches. LOL!

    December 6, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  59. larry

    How much you want to bet there was a Jersey Shore type of party at some point in the last few years and everyone was dressing up like "guidos" yet that is ok I guess since making fun of Italians is ok. Geeze who cares, the only reason it is causing an uproar is because the news is trying to make it cause an uproar. What is next the Greek people on campus suing because of Toga Parties?

    December 6, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • KIZYLE

      Funny how some bigotry is more accepted than ever. I would add to the list rural folk.

      December 6, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  60. BemidjiJack

    I am of Mexican decent and this doesn't bother me one bit. Sorry that I'm not following in lockstep with the rest of my brethren, but I refuse to play "victim".

    December 6, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
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  62. Rich

    Interesting how the Mexican and Latino community is offended, yet there is no reference to either group. Unless of course they agree with the sterotypes of poncho's and wide hats are only worn by their groups. To be offended by this it would seem you first have to agree with it. Or is the only issue the signs?

    December 6, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • rapierpoint

      I'd say that without the signs, they would be hard put to say it's racism.

      December 6, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Rational Guy

      Well, sombreros did originate in Mexico so it's not crazy to assume they are clearly referring to Mexicans. I mean if the signs aren't also a dead giveaway. Don't be an idiot about it.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  63. history bear

    For cripes sake people, if you look there are latino ladies involved with this. Quit being so sensitive about this. I guarantee you if it had been about making fun of anglos not a word would have been said.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Art

      I think those are Italians or Asians.

      December 6, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      I'm sure they've had their share of "Jersey Girl" parties.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Kate

    Should they have done that? No.
    But what I'm mostly upset about is the negative light they are shedding on Greek Life. Greeks have been trying to get rid of the bad stereotype for years, and this chapter has just set all organizations back a step. I'm disappointed that I have to tell potential new members that this is not what Greek Life is about.

    December 6, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  65. Marc Florida

    We have become so politically correct that as a nation we have lost our sense of humor. Without it, the future for America is bleak

    December 6, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  66. Art

    It's OK to make fun of others.......But when they make fun of you watch out!

    December 6, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  67. FredInIT

    Wait – Chi-O National is complaining about being this being 'discriminatory' when they are one of the most selective, and to a great extent, discriminative sororities out there. If you don't fit their height, weight, socioeconomic status, etc. you can forget about joining. I see one, possible, person of color, two Asianic, and the rest appear to be Western European decent. True, the Chi-O National, just like the BSA, Catholic Church, etc. can reprimand members for behavior unbecoming – that doesn't mean that they can't have that behavior. Just have to face the consequences.

    Personally, I think the picture is rather cute and funny. Harkens back to the 70' drug humor (Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, Robbin Williams, George Carlin, etc.). And sure as heck is a lot more tame than a lot of other antics that have happened on College and University campuses over the years. No one is naked, flipping the bird, or even has a beer in their hand.

    The campus Latino community should work directly with the local sorority on any repercussions and just be done with it.


    December 6, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  68. Chris

    I choose to see a silver lining – Penn Satae PR reminded everyone that these girls' actions are protected by the First Amendment, as insensitive as their actions might be. In these Orwellian times, to see even a flicker of resistance to the juggernaut of political correctness is encouraging. Many organizations wouldnt even offer THAT much of a counter. – they'd just roll over, pander, and ask just HOW MUCH punishment should be inflicted...
    Lighten up, people.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  69. Geez

    When did America become so sensitive to other cultures? Most of America is racist and eager to throw out foreigners.

    We are "outraged" by a bunch of girls wearing sombreros and holding signs? I know people who attend redneck-themed parties... should we be offended by that?

    This is garbage reporting and only published because it involves Penn State. All these articles do is bring out the sanctimonious hypocrits so they can feel good about themselves at end of day.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  70. Mark B

    Seriously???!!! Are people really that sensative? Can't laugh at ourselves anymore? Seems people have to find reason to whine... PC at its best...

    December 6, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  71. GAW

    And toga parties are denigrating to Romans.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Was it over when the......Germans bombed Peral Harbor??? HELL NO...!!!.... And it aint over now.................

      December 6, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  72. Frank

    California offered them citizenship, a free education, health care, food stamps, housing, a cell phone and a driver's licence...then realized they were Americans and are of course now outraged..

    December 6, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  73. legalize the weed

    For crying out loud... Some people need to take the advice of these young ladies and LIGHT-EN UP!

    Not everything in this world has to be politically incorrect... Get over yourselves...

    December 6, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  74. GAW

    Why not have a college sorority sl ut theme night and take a photo of that? Have em hold up signs that say I love to Hook Up. I wonder if that will raise a few eyebrows.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  75. cosmicc

    Unfortunately, they don't have to look very far...and that needs to be kept in the news.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  76. David Larcomb

    I have to agree. Pretty soon the media will report outrageousness of the Roman Toga Parties. This is girls just going to have fun. ice it down.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  77. Jason

    I'm completely outraged by the lack of young nubile skin displayed in this photograph.....

    December 6, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  78. FactsRBad

    Yes, these children have the right to free speech – what they need to understand that all forms of speech and/or expression carries certain consequences.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Edwin


      I see no crime here... but perhaps the could stand to be suspended from the national sorority for a year.

      December 6, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  79. MikeDD

    Wow! Who would have thought college kids would have done something stupid.....

    And this is breaking news??

    December 6, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  80. chris

    you can't tell people "don't be offended".
    how about the girls dress in white hoods and set crosses on fire.. is that funny too? would people need to "lighten up" about that too? where do you draw the line Lou? you pretty much draw the line at whatever people en mass get ticked off about. just cause you aren't... too bad Lou.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  81. John M

    What is the big deal? Has anyone ever seen Cheech and Chong? I didn't see anyone go after the producers of that film? This was a private party, and they weren't out rubbing this in peoples faces. Don't post any photos of your next Christmas party, otherwise people may think you are being insensitive towards Christians.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  82. rascal

    bad taste, bad education, just so bad ..oh sorry bad school too

    December 6, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  83. less

    Whats ironic is here that its the rich Americans who smoke the weed and cause the wars in Mexico. Pro dopers argue that if doping out were legalized, the violence would stop, which is baloney. The dopers need to abstain, then the market would collapse

    December 6, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Marcus

      Growing up I attended Hawaiian Luaus dressed like a Hawaiian, I attended "fiestas" dressed in a sombrero, and toga partys dressed like a Roman. How anyone could lable this racisim is beyond me. It seems that this country has gone crazy over all this political correctness. My message to those girls is that you did nothing wrong, just resist the temptation to post your pictures. Make your next party a "Sandusky Soire" and have everyone dress like little boys. Now THATS funny!

      December 6, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • chico

      less, you could not get it more wrong. If it is legalized it will be grow locally gutting the market for Mexican weed. No demand no smuggling.

      December 6, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  84. Chuck

    You know who succeeds in the post college world? People who do not take themselves too seriously. When was the last time you saw an uptight stiff running a successful company?

    It is the people who have a problem with this that will have a hard time landing jobs as they will come off in an interview as taking themselves and the world too seriously. I don't hire people like that. These ladies, on the other hand, will do fine in life.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  85. floored1

    their future ambitions at display!

    December 6, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  86. Not a Mexican

    Your thinking is pathetic. I am not a Mexican, however think about the time your people came to America. Everyone in this country is an immigrant. I am totally disgusted reading your thoughts that any child should starve.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  87. Tri lam

    Yet another example of the fine character that is built by frats and sororities...

    December 6, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  88. powergril

    They are dressed up portraying their future jobs! A degree from Penn St. useless 🙂

    December 6, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  89. Melanie H.

    I think it is funny and I am one of the most tolerant people I know. It wasn't that offensive. Stereotypes when used to deprive people of rights or access to basic freedoms we all enjoy are terrible, but when used for humor, they are just plain funny. We see stuff like this all the time on television. Most situation comedies use stereotypes on a regular basis. People just need to take all their outrage wasted on something like this and put it to something more important, like oh...human trafficking, domestic abuse, war. This is just stupid to get upset about something as harmless as this.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • cosmicc

      Just picture them wearing a costume that mocks your cultural background and then see how you feel.

      December 6, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  90. Jake

    Just another reason for me to be ashamed of being a PSU graduate.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  91. powergril

    go girls!! make us proud 🙂 have fun with them loans not gonna find a job perhaps end up mowing as well 🙂

    December 6, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  92. skilledworker

    lets see 2 maybe 3 more years for these young ladies before graduation... can hardly wait to see the final product 🙂

    December 6, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  93. James

    As far as offensive halloween costumes go, these are pretty mundane. I understand they may be offensive to some, but lots of Halloween costumes are. This is not something unique to chi-omega or Penn State. Although the decision to pose for a group photo and put it online might be unique to this sorority lol.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  94. Columbo

    How about white people committing mass shootings, raping and kidnapping young children, performing cannibalism, and committing murder suicides– as if it was the next Gangam style. Oh yeah, all I have to do is go outside and see that too!

    December 6, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  95. Recon

    If they were dressed like Pastor's and were making fun of Christianity would it be reported? No it would not be reported because mainstream media could care less it does not fit their agenda. When a group of kids at a high school in Arizona on Cinco De Mayo removed the American Flag stepped on it and put up a Mexican flag do you think that was offensive? Why did mainstream not report that? Because it does not fit the agenda.. Only thing offensive here is the media who reports this junk.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  96. randy skeller

    USA!! USA!! USA!! USA!!

    December 6, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  97. Lou

    This is very disturbing and should be dealt with in an expeditious manner. I'm certain American's have more worries than someone wearing a sombraro. They should be speaking out against those who support abortion or those who do not support abortion. Speak out against guns or join the NRA. Maybe we should be screaming about how our government is not spending enough money on social programs or how we can cut monies available for those in need. WOW! Mexican hats. (if you take offense to my post, read it again. If you didn't, it's your choice to read it again if you would like)

    December 6, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • SensibleJoe

      It's not so much that the sorority sisters were wearing sombreros (not "sombraros") that was offensive. It's the signs they're holding, equating being Mexican or Mexican-American with nothing more than mowing lawns (menial labor) and smoking marijuana (illegal behavior). How on earth did you miss that, Lou?

      December 6, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  98. rambo

    are these educated minds? looks like something failed so sad

    December 6, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  99. SSAYCM

    Does this mean it is racist for Texans (hell, people everywhere) to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with sombreros and margaritas? Many who do so are not even aware that Cinco de Mayo is the Mexican Independence day, but I have never seen a public outcry over those celebrations. Also, does anyone think themed parties (yes, even those that border on the politically uncorrect) are unique to Penn State?

    Hint: no and no.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Adriana

      5 de Mayo has nothing to do with the mexican independence day. We started to fight for our independence from Spain September 16, that's the day we celebrate it.

      December 6, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      The part that was bad was the signs. If they all Chi Omega women want to wear sombreros and ponchos, it is a bit of a stereotype - possibly a little tasteless - but not a big deal. If there were no signs, then I might suggest they attempt to learn a little more about Mexican culture, but no reprimand would be in order. The signs, however, clearly indicate these women embrace wholeheartedly very negative stereotypes of Mexican people.

      Without the sigs, it was a bit juvenile, perhaps a little shallow - nothing more. The signs make it offensive.

      December 6, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Curt

      SO the sign is fine with you? What if it said "need money to pay for meth and rent for my trailer" or "will work for chicken" or "will take your SAT for rice"?

      December 6, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • JaySquared

      FYI, the 5th of May or Cinco de Mayo is NOT the celebration of Mexico's Independence. Just so you can become a tad bit more educated in another culture, Mexico's Independence is celebrated on September 16th.

      December 6, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • JP

      Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican's Independence Day. Most Mexicans in Mexico don't even celebrate the day. It's an excuse for American's to pretty much get drunk.

      I agree that the sombreros and mustache may not have been uber offensive. It's the signs the ladies are holding that make the picture truly tasteless...

      December 6, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • SensibleJoe

      Cinco de Mayo isn't Mexican Independence Day. It isn't even celebrating throughout all of Mexico - only in the Mexican state of Puebla. Mexican Independence Day is on September 16, and it's a national holiday. The sombreros didn't make this photograph racist. The signs the sorority sisters are holding up did, because they equate being Mexican or Mexican-American with nothing more than mowing lawns (menial labor) and smoking marijuana (illegal behavior). How on earth did you miss that?

      December 6, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  100. CJ

    This definitely would not have been a big deal if not for those signs... People dress up like this for parties or at Mexican restaurants all the time, even though it's not really how people dress down South.

    December 6, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
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