Penn State sorority photo: Insensitive or just fun?
Chi Omega apologized for this photo after some found it offensive.
December 7th, 2012
06:17 PM ET

Penn State sorority photo: Insensitive or just fun?

By Moni Basu, CNN

(CNN) - Officials at Penn State published an open letter this week about an incident that has brought the university under scrutiny once more.

Members of the university's Chi Omega sorority chapter celebrated Halloween at a Mexican-themed party. They wore sombreros and ponchos and pasted fake mustaches on their faces. They held signs that said: "Will mow lawn for weed + beer." Another sign said: "I don't cut grass. I smoke it."

Then they took a photo and posted it online. Outrage spread over the insensitive nature of the photo. Some said it perpetrated stereotypes and were culturally insensitive. Latino students on the Penn State campus demanded a direct apology from Chi Omega, which issued a statement of regret to the college newspaper.

The university president, the president of the board of trustees and other officials expressed their own feelings of deep disappointment.

"How any constituent groups or individuals in the university could behave with such insensitivity or unawareness is a question we must both ask and answer," they said in a letter Thursday.

"Our university is a place of learning and discovery, and there certainly are lessons to be relearned, or even discovered for the first time, from these incidents," the letter said. "The simplest of those lessons is that costumes that include blackface, or that parody or imitate a person or groups of people, are always offensive to someone. They convey either a lack of awareness about the human condition and human sensitivities or, worse yet, disdain for the thoughts, feelings, histories and experiences of others. They suggest a failure to empathize or even a failure to think. They make all of us small."

The incident comes in the wake of this year's conviction of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky for sexually abusing 10 boys over a period of 15 years. He was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison. The scandal led to the dismissal of legendary head coach Joe Paterno, who died only weeks later, and severe NCAA penalties against the school's storied football program.

Reaction to the Chi Omega story, however, has not all been of dismay or outrage.

Some CNN.com readers commented that the picture was just plain old college fun. "Anyone who is offended by this needs to take a pill," said one reader.

Two people who identified themselves as Latino wrote on CNN's Facebook page:

"As a Hispanic-American, I don't find it "offensive" at all," wrote Will Jiminez. "Just a bunch of college kids having fun, if it was offensive I would have cut my wrist every time Family Guy made a joke like this. Kids having fun, that's all! If you're actually offended by this, you're an idiot!!!!

And Adrian Briones said: "I'm Mexican-American myself and I think this pic was just meant to be funny/harmless. The media just trying to make this an issue, like everything else."

But fun doesn't necessarily mean there's no insensitivity,  said sociologist David Pilgrim, a specialist on diversity and race relations.

"The two are not mutually exclusive," he said.

When he heard about the Penn State incident, Pilgrim was reminded of a Martin Luther King party held at Tarleton State University in Texas where attendees showed up in Afro wigs and gang apparel and ate fried chicken and watermelon. One woman even dressed as Aunt Jemima.

"At those parties you don't typically have the people being caricatured in attendance,"  said Pilgrim, who is also the curator of the Jim Crow Museum of racist artifacts at Ferris State University in Michigan. "That means you have created a safe space in which to defame them."

But is it inherently wrong to wear clothing associated with a racial or ethnic group?

"No," said Pilgrim. "This is why I would say: Ask them what they did at the party."

Did they change the way they spoke or the way they walked? Did they perform a brown-face minstrel show?

"I, obviously, think that's wrong," Pilgrim said.

The signs the sorority women were holding were perhaps an indication that it wasn't all innocent, he said. Those signs made him think of a T-shirt he once saw on a Chicago Cubs fan: "Albert Pujols mows my lawn."

"Even a rich, successful, iconic figure can be reduced to a one-dimensional stereotype," Pilgrim said of the baseball great.

Others who commented on Facebook and Twitter said they wouldn't care if Mexicans poked fun of their blond hair or blue eyes. In other words, no one is protected from mockery.

But Pilgrim said there's an arrogance to assuming that all people are the same; one that ignores a history of discrimination in America.

Still others said the sorority women had constitutional rights to freedom of expression.

"The legal bar is often the lowest bar," Pilgrim said. "Just because you have the right to do something doesn't mean you should."

All said, the Penn State students happened to be caught doing something that probably happens quite often on college campuses and elsewhere in America.

Baylor University is investigating some of its students this week after similar pictures surfaced of them dressed in Mexican costumes. They showed five women dressed in serapes, sombreros and mustaches with what appears to be dirt on their faces, according to CNN affiliate KXXV. They also were wearing green signs around their neck that read "green card," or a permanent visa.

But there's another piece to this story that is troubling to Pilgrim. And that gets back to the heart of the letter issued by Penn State authorities.

Penn State is a place of higher learning, a place of grooming for future leaders. They are the ones, Pilgrim said, who will play important roles in an increasingly diverse America.

University officials said they will not pursue disciplinary action against the students in the Halloween party photo.

"These disturbing behaviors involved expressive rights protected under various federal and state laws - rights which we strongly support, and which we honor by not vainly pursuing unlawful disciplinary action against the students involved," the letter said.

But it also went on to urge all Penn Staters to reflect on the value of diversity in the university community and beyond.

"We must both celebrate our differences and embrace our common humanity," the letter said. "If we can do so, on our campuses and beyond, we will be better, our university will be better, and the world will be better."

Ultimately for people like Pilgrim who study these matters, the Penn State incident boils down to this: Was it a news story for its shock value? Perhaps not. But if anyone is asking what's wrong with what the students did, Pilgrim might say that was a question that seemed more likely in 1952, not in 2012.

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  1. This Guy

    Look at how soft we've become! This is actually news!

    December 8, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Udonis

      Exactly – it's embarrassing to watch this constant media-driven witchhunt disguised as "cultural sensitivity"

      December 8, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
      • Adonis

        Seriously. If these people want to be racist and carry false stereotypes into the world where they will perpetuate and spread them as mothers, hiring managers, and consumers, who are we to call them out on on it?

        December 8, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. mandoman2012

    All I could think of when I saw this is "this is the future of the USA???" Are these kids ignorant or just stupid? They need to start thinking like their in the real world when posting photos that the world can see -DUUUUH

    December 8, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Yes....God forbid anyone ever has any fun on your watch.
      Get over yourself.

      December 8, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. JP

    This is news?

    December 8, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. RawwPups

    There is no "humor" or "fun" in this photo. It's a picture of a group of misinformed, ignorant, thoughtless kids, who made a very public mistake.

    I hope the girls learn something about diversity, acceptance, and propriety from this experience...

    Your comparison to a comedy show is way off. Many comedians poke fun at prejudices in an effort to break those prejudices down. There is none of that in the sorority photo. And as for the comedians who do rely on offensive stereotypes: they deserve our ire, just like the girls in this photo do.

    December 8, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rich

    What happened to free speech. You can't say anything anymore without offending someone.

    December 8, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • mandoman2012

      This isn't about free speech (they can and did exercise this right) but it is all about stupidity!!

      December 8, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
      • jnpa

        Regardless, this really shouldn't be news. They are "kids" compared to the rest of us. Years from now when they grow up they will all look at this picture and say "WOW, were we stupid or what".

        December 8, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
      • Norm

        "Stupidity" is in the eye of the beholder.

        December 8, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
      • nadinesh

        Uh no, Norm. By definition, stupidity is in the brain of the stupid person.

        December 9, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Will S

      There's a problem when you start to require "apologies" or sanctions for free speech. That's what this article alludes to.

      December 8, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. RawwPups

    This is clearly offensive.

    Most people agree that the racist-stereotype Halloween costumes are in poor taste and no longer acceptable– and that includes Native American costumes, white hillbilly costumes, drunken Irishman costumes, etc. Similarly, universities everywhere are ridding themselves of offensive mascots and team names. Why should these kids get off the hook, morally, just because they're college students?

    It is counterproductive and damaging to condone the actions of these kids. Our society is moving forward, progressing toward a more inclusive culture that does not strive to put down certain groups. Racist jokes are an embarrassment from our society's past.

    And for those of you who are comparing this photo to comedy shows: Try again. The majority of comedians poke fun at those who hold prejudiced views; they are not perpetuating stereotypes, like these sorority girls are, but instead, are undermining stereotypes and breaking them down.

    It doesn't matter if these girls meant this photo to be a funny little joke. It's not funny to tear down an entire culture with ugly, misinformed stereotypes. Those signs– they were disgusting. I hope the girls in the photo are embarrassed; I sure am.,,

    December 8, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • mikes

      Your claim that this is offensive offends me. Intolerance should not be tolerated.

      December 8, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
      • JWal

        Right on Mike! People should just take a chill pill. I do believe political correctness is damaging this country. We can have an "inclusive culture" when people stop taking things so personally. All you have to do is take a second, think, and then react rationally, not emotionally. Did these girls go out of their way to make Mexicans feel bad for being Mexican? I doubt it.

        December 8, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • irishman

      "most people"? who are you to state what "most people" agree or disagree to. You should more properly start your rant with "i believe..." since clearly you really have no idea what the rest of us believe.

      December 8, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Just Frank

      I find people dressed as Leprechauns on St. Patty's Day offensive too. As a proud white Irish American, I have been lobbying for the stereotypes to end every year. But to no avail, March 17 comes and goes and I am left with a nauseous taste in my mouth. Well, possibly from the multiple beers my Mexican friend bought me (dressed as a Leprechaun).

      December 8, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. Paul

    I was raised a hillbilly and we are constantly laughed at. Doesn't offend me. I'm proud of my hillbilly heritage. Been to lots of parties where there was a hilly theme and I had a great time. If you get offended because people poke fun at you for your heritage then maybe you have some shame about it.

    December 8, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • RawwPups

      Are you seriously blaming the *victims* of racism for being offended by prejudiced remarks?!? Wow...

      I would be FURIOUS if my children or my students were part of a photo like that one.

      As a society, we are progressing toward a more inclusive, diverse culture. Racist "jokes" (which are just semi-socially-acceptable ways to express a person's prejudices) are an embarrassment from the past.

      December 8, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • shandaharper

      Paul, exactly when did HILLBILLY become an ethnic group? I mean, really? They gave you Duck Dynasty and Honey Boo Boo, now you want your own ethnic group?!! I knew we should have stopped with Jed Clampett.

      December 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • scarls

      It is all fun and games unless people take it seriously. As someone from Appalachia, I am not, nor have I ever been, a "hillbilly". Yes, my family was a coal mining family - but they a bunch of inbred imbeciles like people portray us. When I went to Governor's school in high school, my roommate actually asked me if I had indoor plumbing. That was in 1987, for heaven's sake. She actually thought I used an outhouse. When I got to college, I was told by a guy that he had never met a smart person with a southern accent before.

      The trouble with stereotypes is that ignorant people accept them as truths. You can bet that those who believe them will one day be looking at a resume and making hiring decisions based upon those stereotypes.

      Dressing up wasn't the part that I found offensive. The signs showed that clearly these girls were ignorant. If they want stereotypes, in my college the Chi Omegas in my school were stereotyped as a bunch of loose alcoholics. Would they want every guy they meet to assume that all they needed were a few beers as payment for services rendered? Stereotypes do have real life consequences. Most people who say they are "just joking" really aren't. They are just cowardly bullies who don't have the guts to stand up and face the consequences of their actions or words.

      December 9, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. Leslee

    I think Penn State has bigger issues than this...... considering all that happened.... give me a break! College humor, people.

    December 8, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. Leo Lopez

    Clearly looks like a fun themed event. Why does media pick on college students when they are the future of United States. Pick on looser gang members or criminals not on fun-loving students. They have enough stress with school work.

    December 8, 2012 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
    • shandaharper

      Yeah, they look completely stressed out. Maybe that's why they "don't cut grass, [they] smoke it". smh

      December 8, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
    • BeenThereDoneThat

      Yes...because the "future" power class's detrimental view of minorities certainly doesn't have any affect on those minority classes...

      The very fact that these girls are "the future of America" is EXACTLY WHY they should be called to the mat over this.

      December 8, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. Cracka

    What's with that one Asian on the left? Holy crap – she's so racist!

    December 8, 2012 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. diamond8990

    The truth hurts, tell it like it is girls, you are my heros

    December 8, 2012 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. johnny57

    Get this stupid article out of here. What kind of puritan stuff is this?

    December 8, 2012 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. Sinclair

    In sociological terms, by these Penn State students dressing up as Mexicans they are exoticizing the other. When this is done to a minority group it devalues them as human-beings and the controlling label serves to uphold whiteness' claim to the universal. Racial domination reproduces itself in society in many forms.

    December 8, 2012 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
    • hangshingles

      Your analysis is dangerous. By presenting a theory on social behavior as if it is a demonstrable scientific fact, you are likely perpetuating the stratification of social groups by, ironically, creating the minority victim groups you are apparently seeking to protect. Your elitist approach to social issues, while perhaps necessary for your ego, is detrimental to the overall ability of perceived victim groups to view this for what it is – a joke, whether you find it funny or not. I will give you as a person the benefit of the doubt, and assume you were engaging in an exercise of Sociology, a pseudoscience, and that you yourself don't actually believe that malarkey. I really hope you are throwing too much money down the drain on academic degrees.

      December 8, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Elliott Carlin

      you sound like a diversity rep at a coporation

      December 8, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. optics

    this is far from newsworthy. if this were any other US school it wouldn't be on here. crap journalism, cnn. only reason this is here is because it's penn state.

    December 8, 2012 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      "Oh I get it. That's racism. I love to racism bro." Surprise! Overprivileged white kids are minimally concerned with anything but themselves. Well thank science that the author was able to link this incident to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Clearly once an esteemed faculty member participates in a man-boy love coverup, racial intolerance is soon to follow. At least everyone else who commented here is as cynical as me and can see through this bukake. If these Jersey harlots spent their time pursuing a real degree instead of Communications or Marketing then maybe they wouldn't have as many opportunities to waste valuable time and news resources. Hopefully someone will find another statue at Penn State to tear down so that justice can finally be served.

      December 8, 2012 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnny

      Wrong. Why does it matter if it is Penn State? What are you getting at? Honestly, help me here, how does Penn State have anything to do with why CNN would publish this story or not??? It's a bunch of young, ignorant, possibly stupid, college girls who did something insensitive. Are they terrible people, probably not. Is this wrong......yes. That's about it.

      December 8, 2012 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
      • Holla

        Well it "matters" because it is Penn State. The media will capitilize on any negativity that is afflicited or attached to the schooll or any business that has had some negative news coverage in the past. The media feeds off negativity. Sometimes the news isn't worth watching.

        December 8, 2012 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
      • Adonis

        The Penn State motto is "Laws without morals are in vain."

        Penn State put its "moral" card on the table by knowingly hiding a pedophile in their ranks. Now, any perceived immoral action at the school it news until they get a handle on it and get their house in order again. Such is life.

        December 8, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason Evans

      To the folks that say "this is not news" and "This is not newsworthy" Let me advise you or give you a new definition of news from Merriam-Webster.

      Definition of NEWS

      a : a report of recent events
      b : previously unknown information
      c : something having a specified influence or effect
      a : material reported in a newspaper or news periodical or on a newscast
      b : matter that is newsworthy
      : newscast

      December 8, 2012 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
      • Clever Name

        You, sir, could not be more pedantic if you tried.

        December 8, 2012 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. Coleman

    Are you kidding me people?! This all started with the woman that sued McDonalds because she spilled her coffee, and it burned her because it was HOT! No kidding.... Now it's evolved to everyone thinks they have a right because they don't agree with someone else's opinion! You can't sit "Indian Style" anymore (it offends), now it's "Criss Cross, Apple Sauce". Jesus Christ people! Now I'm offending because I said that and I'm an Atheist! But it's okay for people to say "God Bless You, or blah blah blah about religeon to me. I don't take offense to it, I'm a big boy, I will live. People now a days need to grow up and stop being so sensitive, big babies! We as a whole will never all agree, but come one people, deal with it! We have bigger fish to fry then some group of girls dressing as Indian’s!

    December 8, 2012 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Clever Name

      Love how people always go back to the McD coffee lawsuit. The coffee that burned the woman was served to her significantly hotter than it was supposed to be. The restaurant involved had been notified of proper temperature of hot drinks and failed to comply and still served the drink over 40 degrees hotter than is regulation. She had a solid case and she won it, rightly so. Go read up on it before you make a fool of yourself again.

      December 8, 2012 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
      • BeenThereDoneThat

        I like your name. It's clever. But you probably already knew that.

        December 8, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • JacinJax

      Yes we do have bigger issues to deal with such as immigration reform, the Dream Act and whether service in the US military should give you a means to citizenship.
      And of course Republicans have the big issue of how to re-brand themselves to the Latino community.
      This happened before the election when the Latino community was merely an after-thought to most Americans. Now not so much.
      And to bring the signs into the mix shows how big an issue this really is.

      December 8, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  16. government cheese

    Liberals caught in the act.

    December 8, 2012 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  17. Kenchandammit

    Saying that dressing in mexican get-up is offensive is the same as saying that there is something wrong with being Mexican. CNN is racist for saying that.

    December 8, 2012 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  18. Gus

    Wait, so something happened at Penn State and no child was involved? THAT should be the headline of the story. The hi jinx of trophy wives-to-be should never be considered relevant news.

    December 8, 2012 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  19. laodegan

    I don't get it. Are they Canadian?

    December 8, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  20. Chromedbustop

    Is this any worse than what comedians have been making their careers off of for decades?

    December 8, 2012 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  21. Marina

    It is not funny is racist period

    December 8, 2012 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Nano

      "Racist" is being used way to much. The last time I checked this is a free country not a hypersensitive politically correct sad excuse for a country. At this rate we are staring to look like Cuba.

      December 8, 2012 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
      • Tiki Torch

        Hell Im offended because they werent offensive enough – T

        December 8, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
      • Adonis

        Starting to look like Cuba? And you have the gall to claim other people are hypersensitive? When you can get your own falsely hyperbolic arguments in hand, then you can demand the same of others. Until then, you are merely the flip side of the same old coin.

        December 8, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • johnny

      rascist? really? this world is getting seriously ridicoulous. you do realize that when you call someone a hillbilly, we appalachian americans get offended. right?

      December 8, 2012 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
      • JacinJax

        And what someone used you as a costume and held a sign that said "My mother is also my sister" Think you might be a bit upset?

        December 8, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  22. hio moi

    omg who the hell cares

    December 8, 2012 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Minute Man Pete

      You care, you took the time to comment. You must go to PSU.

      December 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Chuck

    Hey I am just happy CNN has got a lot of play out of this. The election is over and Blitzer still has to put food on the table.

    December 8, 2012 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  24. Tia

    Offensive? Hardly. These young women are doing the world a favor by showing everyone how stupid they are.

    December 8, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
    • JacinJax

      Nothing put on the Net ever truly goes away so when these girls apply for a job, a background cyber-search (the fastest growing industry in America) will bring this up. Any company thinking about hiring them will have to weigh the benefit of hiring them vs. the risk they would do something stupid and racist at work and open the company to lawsuits.

      December 8, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  25. john s

    most of these girls were simply having fun at a "theme" party. if it werent for the two signs, the reaction to this photo would be "who are all those hot chicks? and how can i get in on this party?"
    although i find the jokes insensitive, i seriously doubt if very many of these girls have strong feelings against the latino community. i seriously doubt if these girls have any strong opinions at all. and that is my own prejudice against sorority girls showing through.
    people in their late teens/early twenties do stupid stuff. its a fact of life. sometimes it continues for the rest of their life, but some of these kids are going to learn something from the controversy surrounding their non-controversy.

    December 8, 2012 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Jose

      I'm a Mexican American, and I agree with you. If it weren't for the signs, no big deal. But the signs do make it seem as if every Mexican is a pot head or drug dealer. But again, no big deal, and these ladies will learn. Hopefully they don't come down too hard on them.

      December 8, 2012 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
      • JacinJax

        The signs do a make a big difference. And there will be future consequences. If you were an employer/HR interviewer and interviewed one of the girls holding a sign, would you hire them? We all know that taking down the pic and tags doesn't mean it has gone away. And background cyber searches are now the norm for employment. For the rest of their lives they will have to explain their actions.

        December 8, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Adonis

      Yep. The hats and ponchos, so what. Theme party, like kilts or togas or 80's neon wear. The mustaches kinda go over the top, but the signs...that's what does it. That is what takes it from merely "let's put on 'traditional' Mexican clothing items and drink tequila all night" to "let's put on 'traditional' Mexican clothing items and drink tequila all night...oh, and aren't Mexicans also a bunch of lazy, drug-using domestics to boot?" The clothes don't show an intent to offend, the signs basically claiming Mexicans are only good for mowing lawns or getting high adds that intent.

      December 8, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  26. Pat

    It makes feel really old to remember a time when people had a sense of humor and didn't whine about this kind of stuff.

    December 8, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  27. Ken C

    Every one of these girls look like spoiled witches! Therefore, it doesn't surprise me that they are insensitive, but more than likely racist. This is really disgusting, and I think it reflects a lot on what college life is like in 2012. Decades ago, colleges were protesting things that are wrong, now they are just DOING things that are wrong. Just where are all of these witches in the photo going to end up in a few years? I hope NOT as anybody's boss.

    December 8, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • JacinJax

      They'll be lucky to get jobs much less be a boss. A quick Google search will bring this up and any company hiring them will be leaving themselves open to lawsuits.

      December 8, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  28. andrew

    so still milking the teet of the penn state name? how many other like parties happened at universities all over the country? how about those nice heritage of the south parties?

    December 8, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  29. pacmantriggerman

    II'm a Latino, I find this very hilarious especially comments even more funnier. Keep 'em coming!!!!!!

    December 8, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  30. Mitzy

    How come these white parties are never "Canadian Themed" or "Danish themed."?

    December 8, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • corpsegrind3r

      Because that would be lame? Does that answer your question?

      December 8, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Jose

      That's funny!

      December 8, 2012 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  31. pachy

    I hope that they all put this on their resume under

    Non-Academic Multicultural Activities

    December 8, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
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  33. Shawn

    I'm Mexican, and I'm not offended. If you are Mexican an offended...get a life and learn how to see the humor in things. Life is too short to let harmless fun bother you.

    December 8, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Seth B

      We need more people like you on this planet. I'm a white college student, so I understand there is less stereo-typing coming my way, but come on. I make fun of my Asian and black friends all the time (by stereotyping), but it is all just a joke. They even get me back often, I laugh with them. If you can't laugh at yourself, then you've got some mental issues.

      December 8, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
      • JacinJax

        So laughing at/with your friends on a personal level is the same as posting the picture on your group's website?

        I guess you wouldn't mind if one of these girls made fun of your Asian of Black friends by stereotyping them.

        If you ever find yourself in the position of hiring someone and come across something like this, you may want to speak with the company's lawyer before hiring them.

        December 8, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  34. Silence Dogood

    Lucky for the sorority Penn State has a form letter for these kinds of things. "Dear all, We of the are deeply sorry for the pain our actions have delivered, specifically , , and ..."

    December 8, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  35. Kevin

    The costumes are fine. The signs are very stupid and asinine. They could have said "YO QUIERO TACO BELL" or something instead of insinuating that all Mexicans are gardeners..

    December 8, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • LIsa

      Well Said!

      December 8, 2012 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  36. JG

    I guess they don't know that the Latino vote decided the past presidential elections, times have changed. Just saying...

    December 7, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • usmc1999

      just because the latino vote factored into the election doesn't mean most of them don't mow lawns.

      December 8, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • hey

      No....Mexicans are still mowing lawns.

      December 8, 2012 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  37. Dave

    I see a bunch of ugly girls who probably depend on a man for all their financial needs. Easy to mock people who work when your idea of it is sleeping with a dude a couple times per day.

    December 7, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Robert

    I'm tired of everyone's outrage. I don't care if you're offended by something. Nowhere are you guaranteed the right to not be offended. Shut up and go away.

    December 7, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn


      December 8, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • JacinJax

      But we have the right to express our opinion and if you put it on the web you are inviting us to express it. See how that works?

      December 8, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  39. Gary

    Were they acting because of hate or prejudice? Probably not; just having fun. Too many people are just too sensitive and should just get over it and get over themselves.

    December 7, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  40. keyser

    I thought we had free speech in this country.

    December 7, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • JacinJax

      Speech has consequences and you have to accept those consequences. And when you post something on the web you are inviting people to tell you how they feel about what you said. Don't want the heat don't post the pic.

      December 8, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
      • keyser

        You may agree or you may disagree with what they said, but they have a right to say it without being vilified for it. Political correctness suppresses and discourages speech. Discussing it is one thing. Screaming about it is another thing. You seem to be saying you cannot parody someone with facing consequences, but there is a much greater consequence for all of us in crushing views or parodies as being incorrect. This is how the slow slide to tyranny starts.

        December 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  41. YourCat

    Moral of the story...if you go to a themed party, do NOT take pictures/video and post them to the interwebs.

    Simple. 😀

    December 7, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  42. MiamiVice

    Funny for the lawn mowing part, but pretty inaccurate in the smoking it part. Since when have Mexicans been renowned for smoking weed ? Jamaicans, Trinidadians, sure, but Mexicans ?

    December 7, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Cheerios

    Maybe if they just declared every Dec. 7th International Sushi Day.

    December 7, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Clint

    But....what if that guy actually knew Albert Pujols, and he DID cut his lawn?

    December 7, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  45. crc

    Very funny pic of the sorority girls. It's nice to have a little harmless fun in college. I have always hated PC folks, such a kill joy over non-issues.

    December 7, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  46. dude

    It was sorority babes. Wasn't it impressive enough that they spelled the signs correctly?

    December 7, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  47. HM8432

    People need to lighten-up, and stop being so thin-skinned! It was all in fun. I'm from the South, and I embrace the unflattering stereotypes people have against us...because THEY have their own flaws too.

    December 7, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • mizmezzo

      I agree with HM8432, lighten up people.

      And I am very impressed everything is spelled correctly.

      December 7, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  48. JohnDavid

    I normally hate the grammar police but i had to laugh at this one. "Some said it perpetrated stereotypes....."

    December 7, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zaggar

      Well, employing "stereotypes," i.e., making truthful observations, is practically illegal nowadays, so "perpetrating" pretty much gets it right.

      December 7, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Bob P

    Sorority Girls having fun? At Penn State yet?

    I and every other Hispanic on the planet would love to trim their begonias.

    December 7, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Joe Cassara

    Insensitive AND fun; my favorite combination! I know, I know: you are so much better than me because you don't find that picture funny. Glad to know it. Have a great life.

    December 7, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Zaggar

    Freaking hilarious. And certainly no more offensive, and certainly far truer, than toothless, sister-banging redneck stereotypes.

    December 7, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Jackson

    Yes we should question this...because sometimes racism is hilarious!! oh wait....no....yes? no?

    December 7, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zaggar

      The inability of mestizo/Indios to build/run a civilized society is hilarious.

      December 7, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Lindalou

    A lot of time younger people need guidance on what the true meaning of how their actions come across to the rest of the world. Prince Harry dressing up as a Nazi comes to mind.

    December 7, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Mexi-Can!

    It was harmless fun until they made the signs....But I don't think hispanics really care, we're used to being made of by white, and black...oops, I mean African Americans. Funny, I could Imagine the conversations about this themed party were not light hearted at all, I could imagine a lot of racist and hate remarks were made. I personally am offended, and as for the sell out Mexicans who don't care, that's truly sad. Funny, This would of made bigger news if the signs read; "Will work for fried chicken and watermelon, and We don't earn money, we steal money!" Funny how most of these guys probably were doing drugs at this party, and what race provides all the drugs to whites, blacks, Asians and all other races? Latinos do, and we're still out in the fields harvesting your fruits and vegetables for under minimum wage. Last I checked to, there are more white and African Americans on welfare than Mexicans!

    December 7, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • swamp90605

      You'd think *one* of those sorority girls would've waved a red flag. Maybe it's a St. College thing, or maybe my Mexican compadres who laughed the picture off. ~ Those Chi-Omega women aren't very bright.

      - Rob

      December 7, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Eman

    In America, taking offense has become an art-form. Millions of people just salivating for an opporftunity to become offended.

    December 7, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubble bath

      I agree completely! Thank you! And you forgot to mention, can't wait for a lawsuit!

      December 7, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnDavid

      RIGHT ON!!!!

      December 7, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chef Sun

      Very well said. Seems that no one has a sense of humour anymore.

      December 8, 2012 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
    • JacinJax

      When you post something on the web you have invited everyone in the world to comment on it. Just because you don't like the comments doesn't change the fact they sent out the invite.

      December 8, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  56. Erin

    Stay classy Penn State

    December 7, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Bubble bath

    Who cares.. Get a life people. When is the race card going to end? OMG, a white person bought tortillas, how culturally insensitive! What about a Hispanic person wearing a pair of Levi's?

    December 7, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Bigwilliestyles

    Picture: several old white men, each with an arm around a pre-adolescent boy. Caption: "Penn State, where young boys are welcome with open arms and zippers". Just harmless fun, right?

    December 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • lionlylamb

      Oh what pictures one dares to weave when hind-sighted venues on dares to deceive! Your mixing lemons with melons my friendly cosmonaut wanna be! 🙂

      December 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bigwilliestyles

        Hey! Lighten up! Just fun right?

        December 7, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • srice

      Really you think dressing up as Mexicans is as offensive as dressing up as rapists?

      December 7, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bigwilliestyles

        The picture (old white men with young boys) is not offensive. Like the sorority pic, its the captions that make it offensive.

        December 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike.g.hall

      That's hilarious! I gotta throw a theme party.

      December 7, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  59. emcee22

    In the eternal word of Sgt Hulka: "Lighten Up Francis!"

    December 7, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Playboy Millionaire

    Neither offensive nor funny. Some of those girls look pretty hot but it might just be because the picture is a little fuzzy. Great story though.

    December 7, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Bob

    Everyone is so sensitive. Of course, if they were making fun of white males it would have been okay to the university and liberals.....

    December 7, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • JacinJax

      They posted it on the web and that is an invitation for everyone in the world to comment on it. Not liking the comments doesn't change the fact they put it out there and the world is free to tell them what they think.

      December 8, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  62. HenkV

    Fun? Yes, Fun in the eyes of race baiters? Yes. You know why? Because race baiters look for any opportunity they can find to spit their gall. And that then is THEIR fun. This country has proven that by playing the race card you can win presidential elections, so why not use a little of that power to destroy the fun that a couple of school girls have?

    December 7, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Doubt you would care if they made fun of whites, the only group it's ok to make fun of today...

      December 7, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • JacinJax

      It's the girls who put it up for the world to see and comment on so they can't complain when the world takes them up on their invitation.

      December 8, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  63. X

    There's nothing wrong with the picture or the sentiment. What is foolish is that they posted it online. They should've known people would be (irrationally) offended by this, and that nothing good could come of it

    December 7, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • JacinJax

      And the fact that these are young women that grew up with the Net and Social Media must know that postings will follow you forever and still put it up there should be an indication they aren't the brightest lights on the porch.

      December 8, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  64. Thomas

    When Cheech and Chong did it, it was funny. When white girls do it, it is racist.and insensitive. So what if they offended a few people who are hypersensitive. I've had racist things said about my race and I take it in stride. Get over it. We don't need to apologize for everything we do.

    December 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • O My Paper Man

      Some of you ignore this country's history as it relates to the treatment, of some white people perpetrated against various minority groups. If your from an ethnic group that has not been targeted, historically, by discrimination and stereotypes, then you do not understand. This is offensive and some of you need to get over ignoring your nations past.

      December 7, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • lionlylamb

        Since when does a well done photo of women acting out their dreams of pretending give rise to ethnic cleansing?

        December 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • alexcemd

        Virtually every ethnicity has been targeted at one point or another. That being said, being of an ethnicity that is constantly targeted and stereotyped, this doesn't affect me in any way. If you don't get this, and grasp the concept of just letting it go when it is all in good fun and clearly not meant as a harmful racial statement, then I guess YOU do not understand.

        December 7, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • O My Paper Man

        Alex, get your vocabulary straight man: I mentioned nothing of being racist, I simply stated that it was a stereotype. Look the terms up yourself. There is a big difference between being racist and stereotyping. That is unless you choose to bring up racism, that is another concept. It appears that the sorority women in the photo are stereotyping; if some of them are racist then maybe they can respond to that question.

        December 7, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • JacinJax

      They chose to post it on the Net and therefore invited the world to comment on it. Can't blame the world for taking them up on their invite.

      December 8, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  65. Ruby Slippers

    Get over it! In my minds eye, they are all very cute, and this is definitely not news. This is just a group of college students having fun at a Halloween party. I'm half Polish. I grew up with more Polish jokes thrown at me than you can shake a stick at. Wow! And imagine, I survived it all. I've been to Halloween parties where people dress up in all kinds of different outfits, including men in womens dresses. So what! It's supposed to be fun, it's Halloween. Quit making something political out of everything, or pretty soon, we'll be a country of nothing but stone faces without expression, the walking dead.

    December 7, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      Oh, don't worry. They'll still have a bunch of activist lawyers come over and enforce a "no sombrero" policy. No more Cinco de Mayo parties will be allowed on campus, and incoming freshman will now be required to attend extra "cultural sensitivity" seminars.

      But a Catholic priest costume with a built-in erec*ion at a Halloween party won't even make the school paper.

      December 7, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  66. LifeLovin

    Lighten up people! They were just a group

    December 7, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Cheech and Chong

    It was all good college fun! have a joint and relax everyone. Geez....these girls did nothing wrong. People really need to lighten up! It was a Halloween theme party for crying out loud. Every nationality has been poked fun so give me a damn break here and get off your high horse to those who are "offended". Get a Life.

    December 7, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • speedtomas

      I will do a Murica themed party, I will put flour on my face, so I can be white, I will wear a shirt with a McDonalds logo on it and I put padding inside my shirt just to make the impression I am obese and I'll bring an R-15 to protect myself from anything that isn't American.

      December 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Colin M.

        And that would be hilarious! – Some white guy

        December 8, 2012 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  68. srice

    Our country is 16 trillion dollars in debt. People are starving in Africa. People are dying in Syria. Iran is trying to get a nuclear bomb. Should we report real news? Nah lets just talk about girls dressing up like Mexicans for a party and see who gets their feelings hurt.

    December 7, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Thegoodman

    Poking fun at another culture is one thing. The sombreros and mustaches are a caricature tribute to the old Mexican cowboys.

    The sign about smoking weed and mowing lawns is outrageously bigoted, offensive, and rude. The entire sorority should be put on probation and have mandatory sensitivity training and/or a class in sociology. They are morons.

    December 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottyholden

      LOL "Land of the Free"

      December 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Allow them a freedom. It is their business, it is not really offensive. Smoking weed is legal is some states and if its not in your state it should be.

      December 7, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Scottyholden

        Good answer Scott.

        December 7, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sam

        I think you missed the whole point of that statement. It's not the weed or beer that's offensive, it's the "mowing the lawn" bit. They all could've brought in a painted Tijuana donkey and a cactus shaped tequila dispenser set up next to the burrito cart and it wouldn't have been offensive. It's the signs that are troublesome I think.

        December 8, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • srice

      Don't call them morons. Thats offensive and rude.

      December 7, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      the the smoking weed and drinking beer obviously has to do with college kids. guess what a lot of landscaping companies employ hispanics. calm down its college kids having fun at a theme party...next week they will have a pimp and hoes party for you to be upset about

      December 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • lionlylamb

      Funny thing those signs. I kind of felt it was the women's wanting for their own willingness to mow lawns for beer and weed. But I digress and am wrong for thinking women in costumes portraying another ethnicity are likewise portraying said ethnicity being drunks and potheads! If only for to dream a dreamt of dreaming away the dreams of a lifetime of dreamy dreams for the betterment of dreaming the dreams does one want to be the dream's dreamer!

      December 7, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Scottyholden

    15 years ago, nobody would've known about this picture being taken outside of that group of girls, and nobody would've been offended. This is because News Channels used to cover actual news. Now they cover sorority theme parties they randomly find while surfing twitter. deplorable CNN.

    December 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Bill

    QQ moar.

    Yes, I said QQ moar.

    Americans have become too sensitive to every slight.

    December 7, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Publius

    Those girls are dressed as Mexicans from a bygone era. If there really was a racist intent, they would be dressing like the cholos and cholas you find in East L.A.

    December 7, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  73. danaman

    I'm white, and I am going to start a "Back to Europe" movement for my white brothers and sisters whom were offended by this article, or the fact that's it's not a white USA anymore. Last Halloween I dressed up as Shiva, the Indian god. My Indian friends were OK, until I did the accent. There is a line, and anyone can cross it. Or worse, have their intentions misunderstood. Let's do what REAL AMERICANS DO–Celebrate our diversity and differences. Make friends of all "persuasions" and love life. No, I'm wrong. That's what hippies do.

    December 7, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Christina

    It is offensive.

    December 7, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • srice

      You are right dressing like Mexicans is offensive so we should cancel cinch de mayo. Also those signs could hurt somebody's feeling so we should basically cancel any show on comedy central.

      December 7, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Thegoodman

        Those signs are not funny. They are bigotted.

        What if they were all in black face, wearing hair nets, fake fat bellies, and had signs that said "I Have kids for more welfare money" and "Will work for Chicken and Watermelon". They are perpetuating an inaccurate and very very prejudice stereotype. I personally am not offended. I want no reparations from their idiocy. I just want them to be reminded that they are prejudice morons who have done something that would get many adults fired from their jobs.

        December 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Christina

        Well first, you should spell Cinco de Mayo correctly, that might help. If you are of Mexican descent then it is fine. If you are not and began to mimic a culture then it is wrong. I also believe that some shows should be cancelled on Comedy Central. If only our dreams could come true.

        December 7, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • srice

        You really get upset about white people wearing sombreros for Cinco de Mayo or those girls dressing up for halloween? That is really pathetic.
        Sorry for misspelling Cinco

        December 7, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cheech

      It's freakin hilarious man.........

      December 7, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chong

      Wish I would have thought of it man

      December 7, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • D K Walters

      So what.

      December 8, 2012 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  75. Sam

    Or how about this. Students from say, Grambling State or something (a mostly black school), have a 'white party' where they wear white face, carrying signs about "we're ignorant white people, we have everything handed to us" or something along those lines. Even if it doesn't outright offend you, I think you would be lying through your teeth if you didn't even feel a twinge of uneasiness, or an unkind thought to shoot back. But somehow, this is different. Again, for me personally, the costumes are not the problem, it's the signs.

    December 7, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • lionlylamb

      Young and vivacious women need some jovial brevity in their life and their wanting to make "lite" fun of Mexicans with some signs pushing for weed and getting high seems to me to be their cat's meow! People who tend to read into issues are worse than the issues they read into! Get real and learn how to laugh at things will you? I did and I'm none the worse off!

      December 7, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      I think plenty of people mock white people as red neck hicks. I mean look at how people mock the GOP: Nothing but a bunch of old white angry white men. It's not true for all GOP members, but It's a stereotype. And this may not be "PC" enough for you but stereotypes exist because they are generally true.

      December 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sam

        The thing is, I don't have a problem with the costumes, I don't have a problem with the signs themselves. I have a problem that they were stupid enough to post it online even though it was a sanctioned sorority event. If this were a random group of Penn State students, not that big of a deal. If this had happened and there were pictures taken and shared amongst friends, whatever. But to post it somewhere where everyone can see is a clear lack of judgement. And believe me, I know how to laugh at myself. In fact, I'll tell you one of my favorite anecdotes that I tell my close friends, it always puts them off. And I can tell this since I can tell it behind a veil of internet anonymity.

        "I was molested as a kid and last year my mom and stepdad (the one who molested me) and I were at the mall and it was my birthday. They decided to pay for like one of those 20 minute massages for me to enjoy. Anyway, the guy who started massaging me was really rough and I started to feel kindof uncomfortable. And honestly, the very first thought that popped into my head while this was happening was 'Man, this brings me back to my childhood.'" My friends tend to be more horrified than anything but I always find it hilarious.

        So, don't tell me I don't know how to make fun of myself.

        December 8, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |

    I am Hispanic and I think this is a load of crap. Why would anyone get offended at this. What I do get offended at though is people saying to go back across the Rio Grande and all that stuff. Just because one is Hispanic, doesn't mean they have to go back to Mexico if they don't like racists. This stuff is just a bunch of girls having fun! I bet if anyone had one of those cute girls in a sarape and sombrero walk up and say, "Hey Chico, come here and take me home." You wouldn't get offended. I know I wouldn't!!!!!! Ay caramba!!!

    December 7, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  77. from rio grande

    Think of it this way: what if all painted their faces black?

    December 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • lionlylamb

      We'd all have black faces then wouldn't we?

      December 7, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Robert H

    I can't imagine there being any sort of outrage at a group of people dressing "American", nor would I find it offensive. Or like a previous commentator noticed, people dress up as Irish stereotypes every St Patrick's Day, yet no one seems to mind. Certain "groups" seem to have some sort of immunity.

    December 7, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • shandaharper

      On Saint Patricks day people dress in green. What race is that belittling? The Irish are whites from Ireland...no minority puts on white paint to be just like them.

      December 7, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • kennyzales

        Have you seen the movie 'White Chicks'? starring the Wayans brothers. Please tell me why this is okay again. If two white comedians made a comedy called 'Black Chicks' ya think anyone would cry foul? Yeah, just maybe??

        December 7, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Thegoodman

        The tradition of getting black out drunk on St. Patricks day perpetuates the stereo type that Irish people are alcoholics.

        Now a kid, who is completely American and has done no wrong, may be suspected of being a drunk and a boxer by a would-be employer just because he has red hair and his last name is O'Malley.

        The same could be said for a Juan Gonzales who applied for a job, a would be employer may think back to this picture and laugh at the idea that many mexicans are pot heads and they do lawn work. Now in the interview he already has an expectation of Juan that may be 100% false.

        December 7, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      what does "American" dress look like, pray tell?

      December 7, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • lmurph

        It's any piece of clothing made for pennies in a foreign country and then marked up in price 4000%.

        December 8, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      So, a group of Mexicans from Mexico have an 'American party' and hold signs that say "this fat stupid American pig wants beer" or something and you're not even a little bit uncomfortable?

      December 7, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • lionlylamb

        Sammie oh Sam!

        Ever see the movie with John Belushi where they threw a toga party? Or how about the movie starring once again Johnny boy in 1941? Cheech Marion and Tommy Chung in "Up iin Smoke" is also one of my favorite shows! Political correctness should not be a university's frat guidelines! After all, they are still yet young at heart are they not? They have the rest of their lives to become case hardened politically corrected subversives! Let them live free at least for now!

        December 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • X

        No, because I don't get offended every time someone looks at me the wrong way. If you're that insecure that you can't take someone making fun of your ethnicity or nationality, then that's your problem...

        December 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sam

        Actually, I have this friend who I've known for almost 10 years. I literally cannot remember the last time that I have seen him that he hasn't made a joke about my Mexican-ness. And I'm not offended, I laugh. Difference being, that this guy knows me and I know where the joke is coming from. Animal House is a movie starring funny people. I don't know these girls, so how are they getting the funny across? I'm not saying they're racists, I'm not saying it was malicious, I'm saying they deserve a slap on the wrist for being idiotic about this.

        December 8, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  79. Jose

    I sell sombreros and I find this awesome. I need to retarget my market. Going to UPenn ...
    Seriously, leave the girls alone! I am Hispanic, y si lo dudas hijo de madre, te rompo la cola (I am not offended at all). Salud!!

    December 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • dude

      HEY! I'm Canadian, how do you think I feel. Oh poor pitiful me!

      December 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • billybob

      Question, If it was a picture of a bunch of white guys instead of a bunch of attractive girls, would it be offensive to more people?

      December 7, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • lionlylamb

        Not with my daughter scenarios seems to be a bigoted flaw of many mothers who just can't fathom the jovial brevity of their daughters making school play with their friends! (Especially if they declare weed and beer to be their choice fruits!)

        December 7, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Jerry

    Wah! Wah! How utterly asinine, to raise a furor over something as meaningless as this. This "political correctness" bs has got to stop!

    December 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Helen

    Was this photo meant in good humor? Yes. Was it meant to be harmful? No, of course not. But that doesn't mean it's fun and harmless. Just because something is meant to be funny doesn't mean it's okay. Even the fact that some Hispanics, as quoted in the article, weren't personally offended doesn't mean it's okay.

    The problem with this photo is that it perpetuates the extremely harmful and offensive stereotype that all Hispanics are lazy, backwards, no-good, pot-smoking immigrants. Making "Mexican" a costume dehumanizes millions of people, and flattens their rich and lively culture to a sombrero and colorful poncho.

    I sincerely hope that these girls, as well anyone else who doesn't think this photo is problematic, would educate themselves on cultural sensitivity.

    December 7, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • lionlylamb


      You need to watch some Jay Leno and the guy that follows Jay. They are a hoot! Probably past your bedtime though. Oh well. What is really wrong with being jovial in such as you would think being an atrocious act of sublime brevity and sheer foolery? Take a toke and this time INHALE!

      December 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  82. PaulieJ

    Wasn't news a few days ago, it's not news now.

    December 7, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  83. phelloo22

    Seriously!! I bet if it wasn't Penn State it wouldn't even been posted. So many, many worse university pictures out there. Of course pick this one. I believe God loves all ethnic groups. Leave the poor kids alone.

    December 7, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  84. RBN

    I'm offended by people that get offended.

    December 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • lmurph

      Fine. Just don't go throwing a party where the theme is "come as your favorite offended person" and take a photo of it for the web and you won't ever be the subject of an article like this.

      December 8, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  85. Ken

    This should never have become a national story, what is the story here? College kids being dumb? That definitely doesn't happen anywhere else in the country I'm sure!!! This is just a cheap shot at PSU and the media just taking advantage of an opportunity to make them look bad. This kind of stuff happens all the time everywhere in the country and it never makes it out of the local news area.

    December 7, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Not trying to say the photo wasn't inappropriate, just not worthy of national news.

      December 7, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Mona

    I'm glad the two Latinos spoke up and said it was no big deal, I'm also Latina and I agree with them. Halloween stores sell those costumes in LA, do you know how many Americans from Mexican descent live here? No one has ever complained about it. The two girls with the signs are potheads, I'm sure their parents are proud. Other than that, the Media is overreacting yet again.

    December 7, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mona

      BTW I went out for Cinco de Mayo and my Coronas were served wearing the same outfit. Where was the outrage?

      December 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sam

        It's the signs that I think are actually offensive. They all could've been riding donkeys that did hat dances carrying saddlebags of beans and rice with a trailer full of tacos in tow and I wouldn't have thought much of it. But the signs I think were a bit much.

        December 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mona

        I agree, the signs were in poor taste. On top of that they look stupid announcing to the world that they are potheads and will mow grass for weed. In a few years they will be looking for jobs and this is what will pop up during the background check.

        December 7, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • klur

      I agree- there are so many truely offensive things to be outraged about. A bunch of sorority girls having fun. Who cares?

      December 7, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  87. mtbric

    Now that is offensive. This group may not have meant it but that doesn't mean it isn't racist or offensive. Many folks in the south in the 50-60s didn't think they were offensive or racist at the time. This is a case of a group being insensitive and really not caring how a possibly offended group of people would receive it.

    December 7, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  88. digitalprinteronline

    To anyone who thinks this is not offensive ask yourself this, if the same thing can be done in public without any feeling of embarrassment or fear, than you are right the rest of us are overreacting. However, I doubt these girls would have dared and thus, they knew what they were doing was insensitive. They are getting what they deserve; a reality check!

    December 7, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • lionlylamb

      I take it you never saw "Up In Smoke" then? Silly person for not wanting to let a frat act up as in being jovial! 🙂 🙁 🙂

      December 7, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • JRC

      For all those of you that find this offensive, shocking and outrageous, I have to ask where has your outrage been for all of these untold years while I-95 (north and south) has been littered with the ridiculous, inane,and just plain stupid billboards advertising the establishment South of the Border featuring Pedro in every stereotypical scenario one can imagine? This is okay because it is a commercial enterprise, apparently above reproach? If both situations aren't reprehensible to you, then methinks you are more of a hypocrite than you are willing to admit.

      December 7, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • daooch

      News flash dude – it wasn't done in public. It wasn't done in class or a sporting event .... it wasn't done at a Starbucks or even at a university dining hall. It was carried out at a privately sanctioned sorority event. Granted, I wouldn't have posted it on public media ..... but that instance is more a symptom of social media than anything else.

      And please, we're talking about college students just being dumb and silly as well as insensitive. A smack on the back of the head and let's get on with our lives ....

      December 7, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • PaulieJ

      @digitalprinteronline: That's right. We should all live in mortal fear of speaking our minds and standing behind our statements regardless if it's a true conviction or just attempts at humor. /sarcasm off
      You PC people make me sick.
      Is this sorority getting what they deserve? Debatable. What is happening is they freely expressed themselves, and highly likely in what they thought was humorous, at least to themselves. But some political correct whackjob wants everyone to club them into submission so is trying to insinuate that this is somehow "national news".
      Get over yourselves.
      As Suicidal Tendencies sang, "Politically correct means tag along stupid and I don't ever tag along. I don't give a [expletive]"

      December 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • phelloo22

      No way! I'm ethnic alot of people are. This is not a ethnic insult, College hello! It takes very smart people to even get in the that school. But they are so young!

      December 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • shandaharper

        I think it's the signs that put it over the top, not the outfits. In fact, without the "will work for weed", it probably wouldn't have been an issue at all.

        December 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  89. everyone_can_be_aCEO

    It's Penn-State,what do you expect?

    This is the same university that allowed the serial rape of children by a perverted man.

    December 7, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Not true, do some research

      December 7, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Just Someone

    How intelligent and sensitive of you...

    December 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Greg

    Ah, a bunch of idiot sorority girls saying "haha mexicans!!" between downing shots. Yeah that's a hilarious joke, no racism intended at all- Penn state students just keep showing off their class and sophistication.

    December 7, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Clearly the photo was intended to be a harmless joke, it was obviously inappropriate but you are overreacting big time.

      December 7, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Point is, they were idiotic for posting this knowing it was a sanctioned event. They should get an event taken away from them, nothing more. Not a huge deal but the fact that they don't even get a slap on the wrist is idiocy. One thing would be just a group of students at a party, another is an official sorority event.

      December 7, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Sol

    I don't really mind...Hey girls..got a beer for me??

    December 7, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  93. kmurph

    What's so offensive? If they were portraying drunk Irishmen (or women) it would be okay. Just like every St. Paddy's day.

    December 7, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • lmurph

      Because these people are making fun of an untrue stereotype.


      December 8, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  94. juan sanchez el amigo

    I find this extremely offensive. I don't appreciate those making fun of heritage! Viva La Mexico!

    December 7, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • juan sanchez el amigo

      maybe i am, ever consider that?

      December 7, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • helix

        It is not really all that shocking that someone who embraces the "if you don't like it, you can get out of my county meme" would think that the internet is only in the us.

        December 7, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Yea_OK!

    Its funny how mexicans are associated to pot and drugs, when the reason for the whole drug violences and cartel dominance in Mexico is because of american consupmption. I think its offensive because there is a lack of truth and most meixicans where sumbero's. I don't mean its offensive to Mexicans but rather Americans as it shows how ill informed and ignorant we as a society we are.

    December 7, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • WOW

      says the girl who can't even spell the word wear LMAO.

      December 7, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • lionlylamb


      I dare to disagree sort of. American consumptions of illicit drugs such as weed and cocaine come from generational issues passed down thru societal gatherings. It is true that much of the drugs are imported from other countries Mexico is not the sole country of importing the drugs. There really should be no "war on drugs" here in the U.S.A. but rather such drugs should be a legalized business trade where thru taxation our country's economy will be a beneficiary and also our jails and prison populations would be markedly reduced thusly allowing more room to keep (in the now overcrowded systems) the more violent offenders in jail for the maximum sentence! Ya think?

      December 7, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  96. lionlylamb

    It seems as though goodie two shoes wants to paint the wagon pink! What is really wrong with people who sees the cynicism over the jovial? Lighten up all! Pass the joint all around to everyone not just the frats!

    December 7, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Fun

    Looks like a fun photo to me.

    December 7, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  98. RSG

    I'm hispanic.and I'd have a hard time believing that hispanics, at least in my family, would have a problem with this.... it's getting a bit ridiculous that people just can't poke a bit of fun without being criticized. Quite frankly, I think it's neat that they can do something like this and people can immediately identify the clothing, and makeup of my heritage.. even in fun. If someone is so easily offended by others poking lighthearted fun of their heritage... maybe they they are embarrassed by their roots. Leave the girls alone and find something else to get in a tizzy over.

    December 7, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • lionlylamb

      I hear you I do! Cynicisms around this nation want to instill a civilly tempered and mind hardened will of tight rope sensitivities reigning in on "jovialisms" barring the comedic in us all!

      December 7, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Well I think the bigger issue is the signs. Those, I feel, were unnecessary and stupid if they were gonna post pictures. The clothing is one thing because there's not much of a way to make that a negative thing (until you put dirt on your face like the article mentioned) But if this were like the Martin Luther King Jr. party also mentioned, and there were no black people in attendance, would this be the same thing? Or a frat party themed around women where they carried signs about staying in the kitchen or making babies or not having opinions? That's the same thing and somehow I feel like people would get more offended over that. Why is that?

      December 7, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  99. mark

    If the sombrero fits....

    December 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Andrew

    Stop the presses!!! Urgent news story!!! Kids dress up for a Halloween party!! the shame!!!

    Give me a break.

    December 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
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