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:
@ChiOmegaPSU The incredible amount of racism put into your "mexican" party was disgusting.— Oscar Moises (@KidMacabre) December 04, 2012
@ChiOmegaPSU The incredible amount of racism put into your "mexican" party was disgusting.
@OnwardState @ChiOmegaPSU Maybe some people need to be a little less sensitive... Have a thicker skin and be less PC.— Greg Woll (@gaw150) December 04, 2012
@OnwardState @ChiOmegaPSU Maybe some people need to be a little less sensitive... Have a thicker skin and be less PC.
Bunch of little spoiled rich brats probably taken more ectasy and smoked more weed than most Latinos have ever seen, and they want to use that BS PC thing to justify their rudeness, wow, obviously a lesson learned from the indulgent parents.
Bring those girls to my southside neigborhood in San Antonio.....I don't think they'll be laughing after that.....
there is an entire holiday dedicated to binge drinking and dressing in green. St Patrick's Day...I'm second generation Irish-American. Don't care lighten up it is nothing
Cinco de Mayo???? Oh wait ..... that's not even REALLY a holiday. Never mind.
There is a Latino girl in the picture for sobbing out loud. Get over it touchy feely libby losers.
I pretty sure you wrong wingers were the big losers, having no respect for others is one of the reasons
So, only "touchy feely libby losers" care about insulting people? Interesting perspective you have. Weird, but interesting. Empathy is one of those human traits that are possibly alien to you, but that vast majority of people in the 21st century Western world understand why the photo is offensive even if you don't. Mocking other cultures is a sign of ignorance and immaturity. Whether you like it or not, humans are a multicultural species. It's one of our strengths. Ignorance is a weakness.
Just more fake outrage. Fake hurt feelings. Racial outrage is just a tool one group uses to gain political power over another.
What they did is just plain stupid. You would expect them to have some brains at that point of their lives.
The fact that Racism is alive and well should surprise no one. This is an affluent school, and clearly old traditions die hard when you have money....
Anybody want to bet that the losers crying about this ordeal have no problem watching the racial humor delivered by Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, or Carlos Mencia. Sorry, I forgot. They aren't white and masquerade as "comedians."
You mean ACTUAL stand up comics? Bad analogy.
Learn from it. There's a lesson in everything. This one is in regard to diversity. We sometimes, as a majority, ignore the sentiments of the minorities. This is just another Call to Consciousness.
Why should they get in trouble? For having fun in college, then all of us should be in trouble. They obviously weren't drunk, they were just having fun. They didn't cause a fight and it was a private party. I'm Mexican and not offended at all.
[Sarcasm Mode On] Free speech is a guaranteed 1st amendment right, but only if it it offends absolutely no one at all. [End Sarcasm Mode]
The first amendment (or any of the amendments) is about the government's power on the people. The govt. has done nothing to the girls – citation, fines, or imprisonment. These girls are being grilled by the public opinion and as such, completely irrelevant to 1st amendment.
Have you not taken basic civics class in grade school?
@jt88, EXACTLY on point!
Awesome! That it offends makes it even better.
Good job girls!
Says the failure troll who does the same thing on message boards every night. Good luck with that whole being a failure in life thing. Seriously, good luck.
LMAO you have never seen me post any such thing any other time. What a loser you must be.
Enjoy knowing I will always be more successful than you.
loser...have a sense of humor. they are in college, thats what you do in college
Pure trash. We'd be better off deporting this group of filth to Mexico, if they'll take them.
All I have to say is who cares? They sell these outfits for Halloween everywhere plus outfits that make fun of blacks, whites and lots of origins. Freedom of speech for one. There is no hate crime here either. Would this be any different if this was another group besides a sorority (which people stereotype as well). Everyone is stereotyped and makes it worse by calling people out for it. The president of the Latino organization can take a chill pill. I'm sure she has said a thing or two before this about greeks, athletes, and so on. And it will be sad if Chi Omega's national headquarters takes more than a day to have to "figure out what to do." Again freedom of speech, and it's college...they'll learn when they get into the real world.
First they should be expelled immediately. Second they should (and probably will be) prosecuted for hate crimes by the US Attorney General AND they should face civil lawsuits by every Mexican National. After all they have money so civil suites could prove quite profitable in redressing the damage they caused to Mexican National self-esteem.
You are beyond worthless.
That must mean Claudius is worth a lot. Nice logic dangle. Keep up the good work.
Dumbest thing I have ever read. Just a stupid post.
so if they were at a "toga" party, would the Greeks/Italians be offended? you people suck and i REALLY hope the world ends in 2 weeks. cause we are doomed as a society...
I don't recall anyone holding up signs insulting to Greeks or Italians at toga parties. If the world ends, it will be better off for not having to bear the burden of 1diots like you.
But you're missing the point. See, the ONLY time these insensitive louts dress up as Romans is when they are engaged in debauchery. You never see them in togas when they're out doing good works. So, obviously they equate Italians with debauchery decadence, but not with altruistic behaviors. The Italians are owed an apology by every Toga party attendee in history that did not wear togas for any events other than parties. I'm personally sick over the whole situation.
Stereotypes are insensitive by nature and design. At what point, however, do we say there's a problem? As an Italian-American, I've been to plenty of parties where people were dressed up as mob figures (pinstriped suites, sunglasses, fedoras, and machine-guns). Is THAT insulting? It should be. Do any Italian-Americans that I know lose their minds over it??? No. How about drunk leprechans? or Indian Chiefs? or "Hornee Priests or Rabbis? "Naughty Nuns? All are stereotypes.
So my question remains ... at what point do we disallow stereotyped costumes???
ITS NOT THE COSTUMES OR THE PARTY THEME!! I'm seriously concerned about the level of intelligence of my fellow Americans. If you are incapable of distinguishing the offensive from the non-offensive in this picture then we might as well throw in the towel. Ever watch Idocracy?
As long as no Americans dress up in plaid, wear beaver skin hats, and mock us Canadians. That would be going too far. And you know what happens when you push a Canadian too far? NO? Darn, I was hoping you would tell me. Never mind.
I have a beef enchilada for all those girls.
Anyone else notice all the faces are pasty white? Wonder how these young women would feel if a fraternity portrayed women as subservient to men in some way...say with dog collars or somesuch horrendous nonsense. And for all you white men whining that we've become too politically correct...wonder how you would all feel if you were portrayed as a bunch of backward thinking idiots (Neandertals, perhaps?).
All Honor Graduates from the Jerry Sandusky School of Social Awareness and Insight
haha! Clever. :)
What's the deal with the Oriental Girl on the left??? Oh nevermind.... she setup the camera!!
Good one. Pick on Asians because they are hands down more capable than you in every facet of life, especially in terms of career aspirations. It just shows your lack of self esteem. I'm going to go out on a limb and assume you didn't go to a university. You're sentence structure strikes me as community college level, but then again you are probably a drop out.
Aren't you a snobby jerk. Incidentally, its your not you're. You must have gone to community college.
@dangle13x: "You're sentence structure strikes me as community college level, but then again you are probably a drop out."
Really? I'm not a grammar prof but if YOU'RE going to troll, or whine as the case may be, at least get it right ;-)
I think George Bush put them up to this, it happened during his term!
The fact that you wrote "you're" instead of "your" while gauging intelligence via sentence structure is fantastic. "You're" education was clearly far superior.
If all the girls at Chi Omega were laid end to end, I wouldn't be surprised.
I volunteer to lay each one of these chicks. No problemo senor!
They're just having some good old fashioned fun. Yeah, they are totally portraying a stereotype. So what. Grow some thicker skin and prove them wrong.
Why they think that all hispanics are mexicans? Ignorant ! I am latina, because I am from Argentina.!!! Do you know where Argentina is ? or Why Americans travel to my country so often ? or why Americans take some college classes over there?
Poor little thing !
Thank God CNN is on the constant hunt for anything racial. Next, CNN will point out all the black comedians that make fun of the stereotypical white nerd. (Or not, since no one is offended when white people are the target, because they get that it is just a JOKE!!) We will never be equal until everyone can laugh at themselves once in awhile. As someone married to an educated hispanic, I can tell you she would think this is lame college humor that is not offensive in any way. Keep up the good work, CNN!
Pretty insensitive, but I've slept with enough sorority girls to forgive everyone of them.
On behalf of all Canadians next party everyone can wear a togue and a plaid jacket and we would be honoured (Canadian spelling) to be thought of.
Don't know about plaid, but I DO promise to have Molson served at MY next party! :-D
Here's the thing... Everything is offensive to someone. No matter what you say, or what you do, there is no way to not step on someone's toes. The question is are you going to let it be a bigger issue than it should be. If you can honestly look me in the eye and tell me that this random party picture is the catalyst for a new wave anti-Hispanic sentiment across the country I might be willing to hear you out. At this point however, I honestly don't think this is the case. Keep calm and stop making mountains out of molehills.
This is higher education? Try mocking some Jews, or if you feel up to it, Muslims. I hear they're hysterical! Very sad.
Why not, if it's good for a laugh. They can mock me. I don't care.
Religions and countries are tow very very different things. Go ahead and mock Canadians or the Irish in this way and see how large the furor is. Spoiler Alert: there won't be any.
People make plenty of fun of the white folks. Hell, everything these days is the fault of "old white men." It's highly fashionable.
And once again, BooHoo, we've hurt someone's feelings, please say "I'm sorry" pack of whiney Americans we have become.
G.A.B. said..."And once again, BooHoo, we've hurt someone's feelings, please say "I'm sorry" pack of whiney Americans we have become." My role model in life was my piano teacher, whom I never heard say an unkind word about anyone. She always found something to praise before she tole me what I had done wrong. When did we Americans decide that being kind was "political correctness?" I've tried to raise my children to that standard...simply to be kind. I personally think Penn State is handling this correctly, as a teachable moment...something their parents should have done.
G.A.B. is just bitter because Obama won and the white trash loser has nothing else to argue about.
I don't get it. I don't see a single Mexican looking person in the photo. It appears to me that the people looking at the photo are the stereotypical ones. Can't folks wear sumbraro's and poncho's and not be called a Mexican? And everybody smokes pot in college, don't they?
If there was a hispanic sister, do you think they would have had this party? In case you aren't sure, the answer is no. This type of thing happens a lot but that doesn't mean it isn't wrong.
of course they would...you know nothing about college
No, they don't. I've got an undergraduate degree and a master's degree from an accredited university and never once lit up.
Those who are saying this is offensive need to get off of their political correct perches. The political correct are the problem. These young women are just having a nice time in a safe and fun way. Kudos to them for doing so. If the photo had all of them dressed normal and smoking a joint the political correct crowd wouldn't have said anything and probably would be wanting to join in.
Well since they are only trying to have fun I guess its all right. ??
Reminds me of in college, going to Matamoros, Mexico and buying a sombrero, poncho, chicklets, and lots of beer while partying at the local bars with the Mexicans. Wow! These girls wore all of the stuff they purchased (probably form Mexico) and put up two signs (Cheech and Chong esque) and the world is going to end! Grow up! As a 40 year old, I long for the WW2 generation (my grandpas) when you didn't cry about everything that wasn't 100% PC and took life a little less seriously.
Talk about being blown out of proportion.
Nothing wrong with the picture, in fact is there even anything incorrect in the photo? CNN loves to help everyone feel like the victim. If whites are so bad, maybe we should have a little cowboy and indian fun. Whites will be the cowboys and the rest of you can be indians. Any special place you would like your reservation???
What the media really loves to do is pile on. Penn State's been a punching bag lately. This is just another opportunity to beat on PSU. Tsk, Tsk, you bad and insensitive university, you are below the high morals of CNN.
Am I the only one that stereotypes frat females (or males) as sheltered, materialistic, idiotic, self centered , venereal disease having, lack of taste racists?
VD can be cured. Everything else is mom and step-dad's fault.
That's a stereotype?? Who knew??!!
Although you are great at stereotyping, I will still save you a janitorial job at my factory once i graduate. You can thank me later. Political Correctness has gone too far these days, no such thing as tough skin. If this country goes down the drain, you Political Correct folks are going to be the first ones to hit the sewage. A trip back to the wild west days should weed you sissys out.
Anyone offended by this is part of the PC problem in this country.. I have had the same Mexican gardener for 20 years and he's a great guy.. and PS.. Mexicans don't look like this anymore.. its like making fun of a German in Lederhosen,, An African in a leopard print, or an Irishman dressed like a Leprechaun...
Eeeeeholay... are these women single?
Kinda what most of us guys are thinking .... please let them have more parties and let them show off the photos!
It's all fun amd games until someone pokes fun at the gay or black person, than its considered "hate".
Why do white people get such a kick out of making fun of others? How about grow up already?
Hey, was that an accident or did you deliberately say that someone may poke the gay guy??
I actually helped to bring a fraternity to my campus. Worst decision I ever made. If you think you are learning anything about life by joining a fraternity or a sorority, you are wrong. Save your money, hang out with those same people if you want and don't join the group. This type of stuff happens frequently in the greek world, not shocking news. I remember a sorority on my campus were so upset with their sisters for allowing a black girl in that they dumped quick drying cement in her car and popped her tires. A security camera caught them doing it. At the same time, the KA chapter (recognized as the white knights) had their formal in S.C. dressed up in southern traditional clothes and hired black people to take pictures picking cotton with them while they were dressed up. It was all disgusting then and still remains to be that way.
All we care about at PSU is little boys and football. This article is here just to give people another unfounded reason to hate our school. This kind of stuff doesn't happen at other schools at all. Everyone who hates our school should google THON. The best part is that the Frats/Sororities are a minority of our school. They don't represent our school at all.
Don't worry. Most of us know this is just media piling on Penn State because the media loves to pile on and kick folks when they're down.
This is a bunch of nothing. Tell the Latinos they can make fun of the sorority girls if they want. Case closed.
The media is like a game of tag. Unfortunately, PSU is it, it will take another school having a scandal for someone else to be it. Until then, enjoy getting dragged through the mud PSU for at least the next year (if not more).
Abril...sorry you have to raise two Mexican-American daughters. BTW, you should feel privileged and don't forget that !! And if you feel so ashamed go back to Mexico.
I'm a lawyer and Hispanic living in the USA. I felt embarrassed by the signs portrayed in this picture. It is sad to think that some people may think that Mexicans are a bunch of drunk and weed smokers. What about all the hard workers Hispanics that come to this country to find and provide a better way of life for themselves and their family...
I think people are getting to carried away with this. These girls were having a party and just having fun, other cultures here in the country decide that they just want to make a big fuss over nothing. Pull your heads out of your ass and let it alone. 'This photo is nothing but you all want to make a big stink over it. GET A LIFE !!!
The Latino group should get back at them by dressing up like Englishmen and hold signs that say things like, "Blood pudding's not sweet", or "Rich and loving it".
Actually the sweetest revenge would be to require them to recruit at least 5 girls that are latino or hispanic with each pledge class for the next 5 years or else forfeit any kind of growth. I'd be curious to see if they would be willing to mix up the white/asian unity that they have going no there.
Yeah, because the signs you suggest are just as derogatory and insulting as the ones these naive girls had.
Every one of these chics in the picture is pretty darn hot, even the asian one on the far left. I'd say give them a pass
afterall pretty & dumb walk hand in hand. AND it's Pendophile State their moral compass is a bit out of whack.
so whats the difference when black comedians make stupid white jokes
As if white comedians don't make jokes abt Afro-Americans. What does that have to do with the picture? Are there any Afro-Americans in that picture. I guess you're the joke.
Anything against whites is OK in todays society. I suppose people want to try changing the history of white men building the only civilized countries, especially America.
Correction... Caucasian men built "civilized" countries ONLY with the help of minorities such as Africans, Chinese and Native Americans. So in essence "they" didn't build anything we all did.
you are quite the comedian, that was a joke right?
They're protected under the "Don't Eff with Black People" law.
It's just like the 99% vs the 1% – all the majority in any situation can do is roll over and take the crap from the minority.
I saw a sign that said "Need Help? Call Jesus." So I called the number. The next thing you know, a Mexican guy showed up at my house with a lawn mower.
A Mexican landscaper told me that joke. He thought it was funny. At least one group in this country can still poke fun at themselves.
The joke is funny. Now why don't you tell the guy to his face that his people are only capable of mowing lawns, getting drunk, and getting stoned. Lets see how funny he finds that. Then your analogy will be spot on, and maybe you'll learn something.
Soroity girls acting like drunk idiots, no news here. Greek Row has gone from societies ment to help and have fun with the road through college and beyond to "Lets get drunk and spread STDS" why I left Chi Phi, well that and the officer monitary corruption.
Another nutbag! So are you scared of the dark too?
It's always fun to sit back and read what my fellow Americans think about photos like this. You get everything from racially charged comments to sensible, intelligent responses. What do I think about this? Hmmm....I'm glad you asked. I think that ALL of us have preconceived ideas about other races that may or may not be true or fair. We're human and we oftentimes unconsciously judge. It's not right but it's real. As humans we also have the capacity tointentionally change the way we think about others. Some choose not to judge while others choose to judge. I choose not to judge because I'm not perfect and can't expect others to be as well. These young women didn't realize the extent of their actions. I often do it too. It happens all the time, everyday, everywhere. These girls just got caught doing it. Let's all try to do better by respecting our differences. "Can't we all just get along?" – Rodney King R.I.P.
Mike, I agreed with 90% of your post....Except that part where you say "They got caught". No, they didn't get caught doing anything wrong. It took one up-tight buttmunch who took this in a literal sense and decided to report it. Why?? These girls did nothing wrong! What happened to satire in this country? It was a themed party just as you would have a Pimps and Hoes party! A luau? OMG, don't insult the Hawaiians....We have turned into a paranoid country scared of every "boogieman" known, race, religion and class. We need to wake up!
sigh!!! again, its NOT THE THEME that is the problem. As a hispanic man i'd attend a Mexican themed party and even dress the part like these ladies. What I wouldn't do is hold up a sign making statements that make me look like a bigot.
Is that how your mom and dad concieved you?
it all being taken out of control the kids made a joke when drunk big deal they didnt email this to mexican students it wasnt tagged to a mexcianstudent it was posted on the internet they need to talked and asked not to do it again expulsion is way to harsh a punishment for the group
This sorority should drop these girls. What a bunch of idiots! Penn State doesn't need any more negative press.
Are you really serious? If these girls are punished in any way, then we might as well become a totalitarian state with big brother cameras in every home. Every party in America will have to be registered with the government, or CNN, and monitored for political correctness. The girls had a party... it was private... it was not funded by a corporation selling products.
This article is really a pathetic attempt by CNN to cause an uproar when there is none. There was probably one person who was "outraged" and it became headline. Do your job better CNN.
Actually, day one in greek life you learn that a group of 3 or more is a sorority function and actions are representative of the organization legally. Nationals will probably come in after this media attention and clean house dropping whomever the social chair is. Best thing that will ever happen to that girl. This was a tasteless party.
The photo would've been funnier, if it had some tequila, guns, and beheadings!
Being a top party school, Penn State needs to punish people for having terribly simple party theme ideas.
Thanks to PSU's extensive network, from now on, all bad party ideas will make the front page of the national news.
Personally I'm offended that there isn't a link for white people at the top of the page. There's Rosa Parks, Abused minority Housekeeping staff, Gays and Lesbians and a link to a page exclusively covering Black in America stories. Does it occur to anyone that in America the "majority" bends so far backwards to cater to the "minority" that their own concerns, culture and opinions go unaddressed?
Sooooooo tired of privileged folks like you trying to be clever. There are no special pages for white men because every other page that isn't a "special page" is devoted to white men. It's like the college boy who whined about there being no "Men's Studies." Wrong. "Men's Studies" is called "History."
And what would those "white issues" be, exactly? The under-representation of mayonnaise and macaroni and cheese in school lunches? That Anderson Cooper isn't white enough?
White people don't have problems. Our lives are perfect compared to the minorities in America.
::removing tongue from cheek now::
BTW, I've felt for a long time that the minorities in America are only minorities in number and nothing else. What they lack in numbers they more than make up for in other ways – like being grossly overabundant per capita in our penal system. They hold a tremendous amount of power in this country. All they have to do is complain and, like you said, everyone else breaks their backs to cater to their whims. Like when the wheelchair-bound people sued Chipotle Grill for having counters too high for them to see over. Yeah, like that. Special needs, indeed!
White people have the burden of expectations. We're expected to educate our children, expected to pay taxes, expected to be ashamed of handouts and expected to pity everyone else.
you do know that being in the majority means society in general is geared toward you. You don't need a white in America page, 98% of ALL news/media is white in America without the need to call it so. Now, in another 50 or so years, yes i'll agree with you. But as of now, everything is in your image and in your favor. Hence, the need to have minority specific outlets.
If you mean white people are the majority, then you are going to have a rude awakening, because that status is steadily dwindling. And what are your concerns for your so called majority that is being overlooked? Im sure what ever your concern is, will most likely be a concern to all united states citizens, not just your majority.
I've stopped expecting sorority / frat members to behave like human beings. Their behavior is so often subhuman and unbelievably dimwitted that I've started categorizing them somewhere between guinea pigs and parakeets. Of course, they don't have the "The dumb brute honestly did not know any better" excuse that rodents and less intelligent birds have, and punishments should reflect this, but seriously...who takes these brats seriously anymore?
College is the time for kids to behave badly. It's bad enough that they are most likely pursuing a degree they're going to regret having while they spend the rest of their lives paying it off working at a job they hate.
Let them have their fun. Their life sucks enough without making their education all work and no play. They have the rest of their lives to be miserable.
I wonder if any real Mexicans were invited to this Mexican theme party. That would open up a whole new can of worms if none were there. And if some were in that picture, how did they feel about this or preceive it?
Seriously, I am hispanic and thought it was hilarious. Political correctness has now become an oppressive bunch of BS. You can't do anything without offending someone. What a bunch of whiny babies. Usually it is some special interest group looking to drive their own agenda and interests that make a bid deal out of a whole lot of nothing. Long live Cheech and Chong!
So if you were the only hispanic or Mexican in the photo YOU would be cool with that? Nice self respect man. Looks like someone wants to be whiiiiite. ha.
You'll get there someday. I believe in your brown blood!
Completely agree with you Stephen, I'm Hispanic and my wife's from mexico and we both find the picture funny as SH##. Society is getting way to up tight, and sometimes a funny picture is just a picture and people just need to lighten up. "A note to all the girls in the picture" enjoy college and when you have to settle down and live life, don't get uptight when your kids do something stupid. After all we have all been their sometime in our lives.
Either way, it's not EVEN funny. Really, it not ironic or cleaver or cute. If I had at least chuckled I would have given them a little slide. But this is just weak on all levels. I feel sorry for the asian girls. If both of those girls were not there, it easily could have been the girls in chinese dresses with signs saying "me love you long time for chop sticks."?
Amen brother, you got most of it right, ecept the part about mocking the Asian students, I would not enjoy that either. Hopefully the kids in the picture don't feel too bad about it, it was domb , but that's all..
No, no, no! You got it wrong. It's "Me ruv you rong time – twenty dahrah!"
[In keeping with my 1st Amendment Right to Freedom of Speech, I expect this to be taken down.]
Why don't they just shut down that hell-hole of a school if all they can do is support child abusers and teach bigotry? Disgusting.
I agree. Unfortunately, money can buy just about anything.
I agree that they support the child abusers but the bigotry was already there, Dan, probably for generations. It's everywhere. This is America.
I saw someone post that the people mentioned in the article are being treated as second class citizens. I have come to the conclusion that ALL of US in some form are second class citizens, period. We are all made different and so yes we are all different. We are literally PC'ing ourselves out of ourselves!
Although personally I think this is funny and not a big deal, at the same time these girls are representing a national organization. This photo would have been fine if it did not have those signs displayed.
But if Carlos Mencia makes the exact same joke is perfectly ok.
Carlos Mencia is from Honduras.
So he is Honduran... what is your point?
Sad but true...
Carolos Mencia sucks
Stereotypes have to be true in order to make an entire group of people feel so much shame and anger.
What kind of weak culture is so vulnerable to every little parody and slight?
The weakness of character is in the tomfoolery not the ridiculed. Lack of awareness, respect, humility and dignity is more profound than an adverse reaction from a Nationality. This is what we would consider a "Mexican Minstrel" so I'd reconsider your quick dismissal of the empty and self-centered simpletons in this picture have with their sad & petty comedic effort.
Everyone posting on here needs to stop looking at this meaningless drivel and get back to WORK. You are collectively costing America bazillions of dollars in lost productivity. Throw away your stupid ipod phones too, dang it!!!!
And what, pray tell, are you doing on the internet?
Every one of these chics is pretty hot even the asian on the far left! Give them a pass on this; pretty and dumb go hand in hand. AND it's Pendophile State too so their moral compass needs to be calibrated....
These are college students?? They must be the dumbest morons on the planet. WAKE UP MORONS. This is 2012 NOT the segregated south of 70 years ago. These students are the dumbest of the dumb and have no business being in a school of higher education. They should all be EXPELLED with no questions asked..
No, it's the segregated North of today. The North is far more segregated than the South.
There’s nothing more unbecoming and true sign of populace than mocking the help.
Reminds me of the line from Men in Black "No, ma'am. We at the FBI do not have a sense of humor we're aware of. "
I am Mexican and I don't find anything wrong with this picture. Personally I thought that it was actually quite hilarious. People have to stop being so sensitive. Why is it that people nowadays are being punished for expressing freedom of speech? First, the Islamic video on YouTube and now they're punishing these girls. The world has to learn to laugh at themselves once in awhile.
You do not speak for every single Latino in the world, buddy.
I am Mexican too,and I find this photo distasteful,it's not funny at all,it awfully portrays our culture,it's offensive! I hope this morons get expelled!
Im Latino and I think this is funny ,except for the signs this would be a non story.
The girls are cute.
I agree. If you can't laugh at yourself, life is not worth living. In this age of intense "PCness", people need to calm down. Why don't all of these "deeply offended" people get off of their butts and come out publicly against the financial mess we are in or the state of public education in this country???
Seriously? Who cares?!? If I were the president of chi omega I wouldnt apologize, how stupid.
I agree with you, even bad humor is still just humor. A Mexican theme party sounds fine, but how did the entire sorority decide this was a good idea?
The many, many rules of PC were not going thought their mind.
It's not news, it's CNN.
Shameless pandering of a non-issue, but no coverage of Fast & Furious.
Shows where CNN's priorities are.
yet you took the time to comment on it
My god, you all should be ashamed of yourselves...you are supposed to be adults and you act like you are 4 years old.....sticks and stones? When did we become a nation of thin skinned babies...
When we started letting the minority control every aspect of our society. Soon America will be the land of gays,druggies and the homeless. All because those of us that support the 50% will soon be expected to support the 75+%, we will tire of it eventually.
Come on people... These are college girls doing dumb things. I am first generation kid from Mexican parents and I thought it was kind of funny. If you are going to take this seriously as some kind of threat to Hispanics then you are a moron. College kids do dumb things!
Your'e just as ignorant as the those dumb college girls, for thinking that degrading the hispanic community is hilarious and funny. If you had any common sense, those girls were making fun of your heritage and
culture. God, doesn't like ugly and those dingbat's will pay for their
stupidity from the heaven's above.
Wow u are such a pretentious arrogant jerk.
Law student-God May not like ugly, but you have to believe he has a sense of humor, after all I believe I hear him laughing at your comment. LOL
Personally I don't hold these sorority girls fully accountable of there actions, there young, immature and as a result and as evidenced by there actions, not very empathic towards Hispanics and specifically Mexicans. I belief this is the result and expression of anti latino sentiments as a whole, which has been fomented by the community and media and also by the reality that most Hispanics that migrate to the US are of a low socio economic class. These sorority girls are analogous to when small children speak out inprudent comments that reflect there parents view but yet are scolded by them.
What happens if you are from Canada? or China? do you think the Mexicans would be OK with it?
For goodness sake Latinos – lighten up – this was just a bit of fun. People are way to politically correct. If someone had a party and everyone dressed up with a blonde wig and spoke with an English accent – I would be the first to laugh – I wouldn't be complaining that I was being disrespected!!!
Oops- typo error – sorry – needed "too" in my comment rather than "to"
Isn't it funny that we have to hurry to self edit our posts so some jerk doesn't get to think he's a genius by pointing out the missing "o"?
Not a big deal. They probably dress like white girls everyday. It's good to eat mexican food. I like it. If I wear a sombrero am I a racist?
You wouldn't be offended because you aren't a minority.
The hell she isn;t.
When you become the minority and have to deal with racism, then you'll have room to talk. Hypothetical situations like the one you mentioned are useless.
Move to Puerto Rico. See how much they make fun of white people. Live there a few years and see how thick-skinned you are after that.
Freaking white people.
TeaPartyPatriots...where American bigotry finds its home. Should we just put them in camps Adolf?
I think nothing of this picture. I am latino and have learned in life not to take anything personally for it is not worth it. These women don't really have nothing better to do with their time.
Seem to me they need new leadership .
I wonder what would happen if It was a White or Latino sorority with black painted faces, bright colored hair dews, grills in their mouths, pants on the floor and lets say holding signs with “Will work for blunts and 40’s”.
Would america just call that bad PC
If these girls wanted to have fun have them go make a girls gone wild video. Let them have fun at their own expense.
Now you're the one being racist.
Google UCSD and "Compton Cookout" to see. I'm hoping the same fate awaits these dolts at PedoStateUniv.
But if Mexicans/Latinos make fun of themselves it's acceptable.
What? Man, there are too many DUMB people.
yea mr. sal let penn state keep going the way they are ( sandusky) sounds familiar . who is the liveral . pleas forgive my spelling never got a chance to go to school . had to smoke drugs and wear my sombrero so that i can moe your lawn.
No big deal eh? This photo is totally offensive, and so disrespectful. Are you telling me that not one of these dumb b**ches realized what they were doing? My wife is Latino. She is 10x the women these girls will ever be. Her work ethic and morals are shocking, and she was raised in a country where you work for what you want, unlike these PSU sorority girls who live off Daddy’s credit card. Unreal, wake up! You better start realizing that this country is and always will be a mixing pot of culture, and you need to learn how to respect it!
Daddy's credit card, eh???
Shut up. You don't know anything about these girls. You think everyone that goes to college or is in a sorority lives off their daddys credit?
Your ignorance is disgusting. And your message is pointless. "my wife is 10x the woman these girls will ever be." DOUBTFUL.
Sororties and Fraternities make it mandatory to maintain a certain GPA or else you're kicked out.
@tom: Although you are right about the GPA. the insinuation that because of those requirements they ladies are intelligent is obviously false. In fact, several of my friends went on to join sororities and fraternities, even continuing on to get masters & Phd's. And many of these friends are still very clueless about the most simple concepts. Being book smart and being intelligent are VERY distinct and different things. BTW... I have no problem with these ladies dressing and having their 'mexican" party. But they should have been intelligent enough to know that the signs were going overboard and clearly shows their ignorance and bigotry.
wow, it's funny to me that your comment is far more stereotypical and offensive than this photo. Look in the mirror much dbag?
this is no big deal. whoever is complaining is just causing trouble.
we have much bigger more important things to be concerned with! we need to get our welfare state back to work!
What an unbelievably ignorant thing to say! You have no credibility (note spelling), Susan. I on the other hand am trying to bring up my two Mexican-American daughters to understand that they are privileged to have a rich bicultural heritage. People like you make me ashamed of one of those races.
I read a saying somewhere that said "Once you push the Enter Key there's no going back.
Good job girls. be yourself and enjoy life
I agree, should not br in thr news
I second that motion!
Mexican is not a race, it is a nationality and yes, their country is a bit of a mess so we can't make fun of Mexicans based on a stupid stereotype? How about all the French bashing we did not too long ago? Would this be a story if they were all wearing berets and held up signs about not taking showers on a regular basis? Why has this story been on cnn.com for three days?
I'm French and I totally agree with you.
...because the French are not consistently used as scape-goats in our culture. The outrage stems from the fact that this is just one more instance of Mexicans being reminded that they have a second-class status in America.
I think all theme parties are offensive! Theme parties should be banned! I will be protesting an upcoming ugly christmas sweater party because it is offensive to not only poor people who can only afford ugly sweaters but also to christians, ugly people and sweaters in general!!!
WOW, how overly sensative does this country have to get? What's next, banning "nerd" parties; no more "toga" parties? We don't want to offend those who may have worn togas, now do we? This country continually makes huge issues out of NON ISSUES!
By the way, someone should sue WARNER BROS. for their "Speedy Gonzales" character! How dare they show him enjoying a nap. That just teaches kids the stereotypical idea that Mexicans are LAZY!
Hey AMERICA, get OVER YOURSELVES!
“”WOW, how overly sensitive does this country have to get?””
I guess thousands dead due to your hanger for drugs is a non-issue to you..
Is a tragedy to me..!!
I take offense to the banner at the bottom of my screen asking me who is black with Soledad O'brians face staring at me with an evil grin on her face.. I'm going to sue cnn for making me feel uncomfortable in my own home
What's wrong with hate? I hate it when people pretend to be offended because they are weak and bow to societies expectations. I hate when people say they are sorry (as these girls probably will) when they aren't. If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice. Cannot it also be said that when you hate hate, you still hate?
I bet the Native Americans wanted to do just that to your great-great-great-great Grandfather. Good thing we murdered all those Native Americans huh Tea Party?
Know that your definition of patriotism is as lame as your party's chances of winning an election.
Do you really want to go THAT far back in history? BOTH parties committed crimes against people. Your party or that party is faaaaaar from being pure and clean... even now...
what truth are you talking about?
You run in front of the engine to make sure it's going in the right direction.
Now that's funny!
"Jessica Riccardi, president of the Chi Omega chapter at Penn State, released an apology to The Daily Collegian newspaper."
I wonder if Jessica is in that picture....
lisa riccardi is the one holding the the sign
If anyone here is uneducated, it's YOU and a very large part of your beloved American citizens. At least the majority of Hispanics come over here to bust their tails going to school and work and nothing more. Unlike some of your ungrateful "Americans" who take everything for granted, including YOU. Thanks to hispanics, you have roads to drive on, houses to live in, veggies to eat, orange juice, the list goes on and on. Shame on you for your ignorant views and stupidity. By the way. Shoot, nowadays they're the ones getting A's in English class when some Americans can't even pass it! HAHA! Accept the truth and suck it up, this is a country founded and run by immigrants, always has been and always will be, whether your closed-mind likes it or not.
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