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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. Big Daddy

    These chicks rock!

    December 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim

    I think it's funny because these girls have probably never spent a day in their lives working for a hard earned dollar.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Never a more true statement.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PHinMiami

    'Mob Mentality'.

    The pretext seems innocent, the end result is almost always criminal.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bubba

    The only way to beat racism is to make fun of it. If we could banter each other, and stop being offended OVER EVERYTHING, racism would not exist. We must realize stereotypes are funny and nothing more. They do not define any population. Grow up people and grow some tough skin, this is 'Merica. By becoming offended you acknowledge the gesture. As a person who looks Mexican, I can empathize with the act, however I know it's not true about my culture, therefore I pay it no mind.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Average White Dude

      Well said Bubba. Fortunately about 90% of the commentators on here feel the same way.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steve-O

        That's because they're all wussies

        December 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sgb

    My sorority has the Greek work "Phi" in the name. We pronounce it "fee", which I won't go into here. We always had a big party we called the "fee-esta". No one was offended. Of course, that was 50 years ago. These kids are just having fun. Leave them alone.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel Jones

      Because of the sensationalizing of this "news" story (as if themed college parties don't happen everywhere), these girls are now receiving e-mails threatening their lives. This is a serious issue.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Proud

    would there not be mass hysteria, and would it not be all over the news right now if they had black faces on? lets respect all races, not just the races you are afraid of.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • White Latino

      Hispanic/Latino is an ethnicity, not a race. Mexican and Canadian are nationalities. According to the Pew Hispanic survey, 36% of Latinos identify their race as white.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      You do realize there is a historical precedence for why "black face" in particular is considered to be so offensive, right? It's NOT because people are simply pretending to be black (enough white people do this everyday that should be obvious).

      The reason it's so offensive is because of the Minstrel Shows of the 19th and early 20th century. I really don't have time to get into all of it but you would do well to educate yourself – just look it up on wikipedia.

      There is absolutely no equivalent to a Minstrel show invovling Latinos and that's why it's entirely inaccurate to use blackface as an analogy.

      December 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 4FtFury

    Oh PLEASE! I've been to Mexico 6 times, and people who actually live there, true Mexicans, cannot WAIT to peddle these strereotypical get-ups to the tourists practically the minute you step foot off the plane. Vendors will put outfits like these on you and make you hold stupid little message signs to pose for photos. The president of the Latino Caucus was outraged by the outfits? I guess she would just hate to ACTUALLY go to Mexico, then. And the signs? I have cousins who go to Penn State – all those signs show are the typical idiot duck-face-making party girls who go to that school to do 3 things – drink, smoke and bang. It's Penn State, people – it used to be a party football school, now it's just a party school.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike in SA

    Gee...kids in college soing stupid stuff. Who knew that would happen!

    Get a grip, people, and stop taking everying so damn serious.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Farrok

    Outrage over what, that this article is ever news is ridiculous. Young women having a party, so what; are Americans’ skins that thin?

    December 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Conrad Shull

      Remember this is the world of leftist academia where the definition of "tolerance" is intolerance.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Carecare

        Well we would hate to be an educated country which had tolerance for the world around us... imagine how awful that would be.

        December 6, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LAR

    IT WAS HARMLESS!!! A BUNCH OF GIRLS HAVING A GOOD TIME. THERE ARE A FEW ASIAN GIRLS IN THIS PICTURE ALSO. IS THE CARTOON CHARACTER SPEEDY GONZALES RACIEST? WHAT ABOUT WHEN FOLKS DRESS UP LIKE A BUNCH OF MOONSHINE HILLBILLIES AND TAKE A PICTURE? IS THAT RACIEST? LETS STOP OVER SENSITIZING EVERYTHING AMERICA.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Alex

    Bunch of sensitive Susan's need to get over it. I'ts a bunch of young girls, leave them alone.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RyBred

    Social Media is a resume killer. Most people should just stay away.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Michael

    I am of a hispanic background and I'm not offended by a picture that was all in jest taken on Halloween. This political correctness philosophy is just plain and simple idiocy. Oh my, that tongue in cheek moment or slip of the tongue offends me so, they should be expelled, or fired, or locked up. Yes that is sarcasm for those who fail to recognize it. Oh wait, that comment wasn't PC.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SWIowa

    Sorry, but Saturday Night Live does this same sort of thing, well... every Saturday Night.
    But hey, that is just treated as comedy, so it is ok....

    Looks to me like they were just joking around as well. Get over it people, there are more important things out there.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Matt

    Doing controverisal jokes is ok in my book, what's not ok is when you post them for large audiences to see, in other words putting it on the internet, then you are going to get a lot of flak and cause a lot of offense and you only have yourself to blame... as far as freedom of speech, that only guarentees that you don't end up in jail or in troulbe with the law, which hardly ever happens, so its not really applicable to this photo or to people criticizing it.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Kimberley California

    I would expect nothing more or less from a bunch of rich white college girls. Sorry token Asian girl on the far left side..

    December 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Link

      Isn't she from Glee?

      December 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • mk

      What, in that picture, makes you think that they are rich? Plenty of poor people put themselves through college.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • what the

        Most people who do put themselves through college can't afford to be greek, especially at a large university where dues can be anywhere from $500-$1,000 a semester

        December 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • EM

      Rich college girls... that go to a state school?

      December 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      That comment seemed a little racist and stereotypical in itself. How can you talk down to a group of girls for displaying acts of racism and in response show your racist tendencies. The fact is, this is clearly a 1st amendment right, and thus is legal in every aspect. Additionally, for this to make national news is pathetic. It's media sensationalism at its finest, but that doesn't pertain to your ignorance now does it? Your response reveals your idiocy. Don't show your disdain for an act and respond with the same actions. I briefly glance through some of the comments with intention of responding to someone in order show how unnecessary a story like this in the national news is. Then I came across your remarks; I felt an obligation for myself all internet traffickers to try and persuade you to please refrain from making hypocritical remarks, just stop commenting on articles. You clearly envy these "rich white girls," as you so elegantly stated because, although misguided, they are receiving a college education. I hope and pray you have the excuse of not having one or else I seriously fear the state of our collegiate system. Best regards, I hope you internalize this and act appropriately, or in your case inaction.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paulette

      No need to apologize. Your point is well taken—at least by some.

      December 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • obi

      Amen to that. Privileged little white girls.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Northeast Guy

    I took the picture for what it was. it gave me quite a giggle. it could of been quite worse. They could of took a picture of themselves climbing a fence with all that clothing on. People need to grow thicker skin.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • amlowlife

      Exactly.

      Gees, lighten up. If Mexicans had a party showing stereo-typical Americans (oh, so many ways to go with that) it would be funny (too). I'm sure these girls will get in trouble but they shouldn't.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paulette

      In other words, people should not get in the way of white people having fun.

      December 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • FLowell

      I'd rather they took a photo with all that clothing off. Oops was that politically incorrect?

      December 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  18. LOL

    Guess you were wrong! lol

    December 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mexican

      Right, is dumb to segregate and discuss everything base on races , you will find stupid people on white black browns yellow or green people, just teh same way you can find amazing people on every race.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  19. lopez12

    As a Mexican-American, i don't feel offended. Because we work for things-true! we don't beg with homeless signs. Happy be American!

    December 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barbara

      the best neurosurgeon in the Midwest is from Mexico...Mexico city is the world leader in neuroscience...

      December 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • FLowell

        Unfortunately after the surgery they just roll the patient off the top of a pyramid.

        December 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Trent

    Oh, come on. Can we stop with the PC police? And can everyone just grow up and learn to take a joke? Every single ethnicity and religion has something they're known for, and if we can't poke fun at it once in a while, I have a feeling the world is going to become a very boring place. Sometimes I think all the "moral outrage" that occurs is drummed up by PR execs that know this is the only way they'll stay in business. Everyone, everywhere needs to get a sense of humor and learn to enjoy life.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Mike

    Jew is not a race it is a religion

    December 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Reading comprehension helps. I specifically said they fall under the Caucasoid race. To emphasize that they are NOT a race.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  22. JNM isn't funny

    posting over and over again about rednecks doesn't make it funnier.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • JNM

      Well the PC police won't care if you make fun of rednecks anyway. Yet another reason to do it!

      December 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Black is Back

    Funny, I seem to have noticed the majority of people doing yard work and cleaning at homes and businesses look to be Hispanic. So basically, they are stating a known fact. Sorry the media and whiners don't like to hear the truth. Maybe these Mexicans, most of who are not here legally, should head back home so we can hire the unemployed to do the work that "American's won't do".

    December 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Proud

      @black is back: so what your saying is there wouldnt be mass hysteria going on if it were black faces painted on them?

      December 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Columbo

      No the majority of Mexican in the US are actually here legally. Get your facts straight.

      December 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  24. jeff

    Gee, college students displaying poor judgement after a party? What a unique situation! Shocking and newsworthy!

    December 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  25. LOL

    LOL....awesome....you go girls!

    December 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Geoz is dumb

    Really? So since Timothy McVeigh was a random white guy, that means all random white guys are bombers?

    December 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Vence

    The sad part is that the other side will react stereotyping whites as meth consumers. Well, these are signs that you cannot disrespect anyone on this country!

    December 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  28. donklos

    You can't tolerate this with college students. They are adults and need to know this is unacceptable. Given the more recently discovered culture of abuse on that campus this is a logical story and worthy of space. Certainly is more appropriate than many frivolous and gossip stories that appear. I'd be outraged if I knew my kid was learning this kind of racist behavior while away at school, a place they're supposed to be being taught properly.

    December 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • thizz19

      Lighten up dude. It's not a big deal. I'm sure no one would be getting upset if a bunch of black people were pretending to be white. Apparently in this country only white people can be racist.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul

      You would probably be more shocked that your kid learned this AT HOME.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Reagan80

    Inappropriate and "untrue"? In the spirit of the season, allow me to say: "Ho, Ho, Ho."

    December 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Josh

    Next time just stick with a toga party ladies. That way you can avoid all the babies, hyper politically correct, and the ignorant.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trent

      Are you crazy? A toga party denigrates the Greeks! Can't have that.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  31. rgtoomuch

    On a serious note. According to the classifications of Race, where would black people born in America fall? Certainly not Africans. Africa does not recognize Blacks in America as Africans. So where do Black Americans fit?

    December 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Marty

    Looks like they were having a costum party. We had one a couple of years ago and everyone came dressed up like a pirate. I hope no pirates took offense by it. Get over it already.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Ray

    Probably the same thing that goes through other ethnicities minds but never gets put on CNN: Hey, let's dress up as a totally different culture and have some fun with it.
    It's people like you, who have been raised to feel guilty about the successes of European culture, that sit there and tsk tsk stuff like this because you're too ashamed to have fun with life. Get over yourself.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  34. C. Falk

    Enough with this PC hyper sensitive culture. As a woman, should I ask every comedian who wears a dress to apologize for being insensitive to my gender. Lighten up people! We have soliders dying overseas and a President who is burying us with debt. If you are going to whine like a toddle, whine about that.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  35. donklos

    Send your kids to PSU and this is what they learn! Great.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      No, that is what your kids learn growing up in America. Look around.

      December 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  36. rufus

    If Obama had a yard man, he would look like one of them. The O man needs to intervene and have another of his famous teachable moments.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  37. JNM

    if a sorority at Berkely made fun of rednecks, would that be top news of the day also?

    December 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  38. EL MEXICANO

    LOL....OH WAIT!! Can I laugh at this?.... : )

    December 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Art M

    Most don't realize the implications in that this does not set any kind of positive example for anyone on either side of the fence, young white females or Latinos needless to say all Americans. Both have fought for freedom in many wars in past to support this country and all people are due the respect of others regardless of race or culture. Yes those girls are having fun but maybe it's also time they understand there are consequences to they're action having the right to do so. In a nut shell it can and does promote racism and hatred maybe at a small level but it's the start. No excuse to degrade anyone.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Vence

    What a surprise another racist group in the U.S.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Ray

    The PC 'outrage' is really the sad thing about this. Good grief, leftists have become far too sanctimonious in the last 20 years. Let's not forget that these are 19/20 year olds who are in a sorority. They're having fun being goofs. The next thing you know, the far left whiners will be banning Speedy Gonzalez and Foghorn Leghorn. THAT is what is sickening.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  42. juan

    Who cares?

    December 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  43. TexMex

    Hey, I'm Mexican and my yard guy is white! As punishment, they should have to let all the hispanic yard guys that work their sorority house trim their bushes.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • MNMEXICAN

      From MN to Texas Mexicans,,, congrats man... very funny... haha. People need to relax a little. Thanks for a great comment

      December 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      LOL !!!! What get's me is did you see the clip of the 14 illeagal immagrants piling out of the SUV pulle dover in OK ??? why wasn't there outrage over them making fun of Clowns??? Atleast 3 of those girls look Mexican ( not Hispanic which could mean any country south of the border or in Europe)

      December 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denis K

      These are sorority girls... Doubt they have any bushes:)

      December 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smiley

      LMAO! Great Comment!

      December 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  44. anon

    Get over your sensitivity. Really

    December 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  45. joanne1965

    Agreed 100%...I, too, am 'from the inside' but from a different house. The vows taken upon joining a sorority are serious and meaningful and hold you to high standards. This flows into your personal life as well if you are dedicated to a lifetime commitment. Even if your sorority activities lessen after college, the ideals still (should) hold true in your heart. It isn't a matter of free speech – just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD. The signs alone were wrong, plain and simple. These women represent a larger more complex organization and it's members. While their mistake does not represent those of Chi Omega or any other sorority, there is a lesson to be learned by their poor judgement. Search within your hearts ladies and make amends. I could say something more heartfelt, but then I would be sharing my secret vows...Know you are loved regardless and rise above this ladies.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  46. dan

    Looks more like they nailed it rather than anything else.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Rational Guy

    This was definitely in poor taste. There is no excusing that. Should it be some huge uproar though? No. Just roll your eyes at their stupidity and move on with our lives which are hopefully more respectable than these geniuses.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dorothy

      Shouldn't they have to learn a lesson?

      December 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Leaky Little Boat

    Lots of people.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  49. 31U

    Absolutely correct. Soldiers venting, releasing anxiety and other emotional/psychological tension is just as understandable as these 'sorority girls' just doing dumb things. I do not intend that statement faceiously. One might argue that soldiers doing crazy things is more understandable given the high-stakes tension inherent in what they do. These girls are not in an environment where high-velocity projectiles and high impact explosives are a daily threat.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  50. MNMEXICAN

    Relax People. Very distasteful, very insensitive, but this is NOT racist! Do I like it? NO! I think it is stupid and very ignorant. But the need to issue an apology? I think people need to relax don't be so quick to judge. By the way, do any of these young women realize that when they graduate they may go to job interviews where the hiring manager will be an American of Mexican heritage?

    December 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  51. John

    Hilarious girls. Everyone else, get over it. It looks like free speech to me. This PC is a cancer on our society.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaky Little Boat

      Stupidity often looks like free speech to ones comrades.

      December 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steve-O

        Stupidity often looks like over ambitious righteousness to everybody

        December 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Lighten Up

    Right, totally in perspective.

    Let's ignore 10-20 years of Ron Sandusky (after all, it was football), but go completely ballistic over some sorority girls.
    People, a little balance please.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Leaky Little Boat

    Well done.

    Likely will go the way of casting pearls before swine.

    But it is an awfully good try.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  54. 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 |
  55. 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 |
  56. 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 |
  57. 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 |
  58. Jeb

    Is this a Republican sorority?

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

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

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

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

    December 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  61. 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 |
  62. 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 |
  63. 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 |
  64. 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 |
  65. 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 |
  66. 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

      Exactly!!!

      December 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  67. 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 |
  68. 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 |
  69. 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 |
  70. 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 |
  71. 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 |
    • EL MEXICANO

      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 |
  72. 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 |
  73. 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 |
  74. 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 |
  75. J D.

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

    December 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  76. 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 |
  77. aqueduct

    the fact that this is headline news is a complete joke

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

    edit: "Beliefs"

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

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

    December 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  80. 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 |
  81. 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 |
  82. 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 |
  83. 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 |
  84. 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 |
  85. LOL!!!

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

    December 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  86. 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 |
  87. 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 |
  88. 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 |
  89. InFormed

    'Mexicans' are not a race.

    December 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  90. 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

        Phineas:

        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.

        Viola.

        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 |
  91. 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 |
  92. 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 |
  93. 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 |
  94. 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 |
  95. 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 |
  96. 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 |
  97. 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 |
  98. 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 |
  99. 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 |
  100. 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!"

        Classy.

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