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. mpouxesas

    ...i would agree with you...but, i don't think it is feasible that...all people throw away their cell phones...now...refraining from abusing them...that's another story...people are too vain and narcisistic to stop exposing their vanity and self-absorbtion...too shallow to know it too.

    December 9, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. julnor

    Remember when something had to be truly offensive to make news? Now you just have to be "insensitive". The whussification of America.

    December 9, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. fatale

    Many (but not all) sorority girls come from well off families and have very, very comfortable lives. And many (but not all) of the Hispanics that they are mocking are low wage immigrant workers who are working towards better lives. Overall, I don't think the rich mocking the poor is very funny at all.

    December 9, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • codeed

      I think it's fine. If a bunch of middle class dressed up like wall street execs, no one would care. Thin skinned people are what is killing this country

      December 9, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
      • julnor

        Oh, that is such a great point. Seriously.

        December 9, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • brownstain

      Romney mocked the poor, and now he resides in Disney Fantasyland.

      December 9, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      agreed. It arrogance of the highest order.

      December 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharky

      LOL congrats you just stereotyped sorority girls because of the crap you see in movies.

      December 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jen

    I think the signs are rude. Without the signs: not at all rude. Just fun 🙂 It was a THEME party.

    December 9, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • codeed

      It's funny. They are college kids. Get over it.

      December 9, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. PSU Alumni

    Penn State officials, just go back to teaching the basics. Common Sense 101 and Moral and Ethics 101 for every PSU student.

    December 9, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • kevin higgins

      yeah im kevin im awesome

      January 28, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. amievit

    ha ha ok, think what you want. I don't care. Regular Americans are the one's that keep to the values and upbringing of the United States from the past, the past might not always been perfect but we learned from our mistakes and ma

    December 9, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. Charles Gannon

    Look at that, nobody wanted to sit next to the Black chick and they pushed the Asian girl way out on the edge in hopes she would not get in the photo.

    December 9, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. turfsmurf

    I know I have way worse photos than this from my college days. Suck it up Buttercups...these are college kids having FUN...IN COLLEGE. We all know that, though you are suppose to be maturing in college, we take a few steps back sometimes and make some awesome memories. Well done ladies...I hope it was FUN.

    December 9, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. AtlJack

    Options for future parties:
    Rioters who did $200,000 damage after Paterno was fired.
    They all dress up as 85-year-old football coaches.
    They all look the other way (for 15 years) while children are molested in PSU showers.
    They all whine about NCAA sanctions
    They dress up as members of Paterno family and demand a free football suite for 25 years.
    They all dress up as the ridiculous statue.

    December 9, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Spaddy

      Someone is jelly

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

      You can't be serious!! These kids had nothing to do with Sandusky, Athletic Department, or anything else associated with the so-called scandall.

      December 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Drew

    Give me a break. As a white male, there are tons of people that make fun of my stereotypes all the time. I laugh. If I got offended every time someone made a negative stereotypical reference to me, I'd be mad daily. That must be what it's like to be a liberal...looking for ways to be offended.

    December 9, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • codeed

      Right on. Well said.

      December 9, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. John

    C'mon! You are taking yourself way too seriously! If I had your point of view, I would need to be offended every day by TV shows and movies that depict men as complete bafoons. I see things every day that tell the world men are incapable of surviving without the help of their smarter wives/girlfriends. If you can't laugh at yourself that's your problem.

    December 9, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. Frharry

    The stupidity began with white women of privilege presuming a right to engage in a stereotype based caricature of another group of people. While they have a right to express themselves in such childish and insensitive ways, the question is why they'd want to and what responsibilities they have to others in that expression. As for being "normal," surely we would hope that racist, juvenile expressions like this are not the norm in higher education today for any Americans. Ultimately, this is not a big deal but the failure to learn from this experience could prove problematic for these young women down the road.

    December 9, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. Spaddy

    It's just s pic, calm down. Just be cause you live in the United Sates doesn't mean you have the right to NOT get offended. I am sure those of you throwing stones (nadinesh) have done worse. So take a deep breath internet fighter, the sun will rise tomorrow and life will go on.

    December 9, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jim

    Hmmmmm...guess we better pull The Beverly Hillbillies off TV since it makes fun of those of us with an Appalachian background! I'm half West Virginian and I love that show and love West Virginia jokes. My black friends tell me the funniest black jokes. People take themselves too seriously. The question is motive. Do these kids hate Hispanics or were they having good natured fun? I bet every one of them has Hispanic friends.

    December 9, 2012 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      I bet you many of them are Hispanic. So what's the big deal?

      December 9, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. Danny Houston

    You can only make fun of straight, white,men. They're the only one's that can handle it.

    December 9, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  16. nadinesh

    I think they shoulda had an Eyetalian party - everyone could show up in shiny suits with purple ties and black shirts holding up signs like "you park in my space - I breaka yu face"

    December 9, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  17. SixDegrees

    It would be a lot less insensitive if they took their shirts off.

    December 9, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • MrJalapeño

      They're just looking for a big jalapeño! they all were banged by latinos that night.... it's just fun.

      December 9, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  18. amievit

    Doc get a life and quit blaming Fox news for everything. They are the only ones who will ask the hard questions and get people to talking. Unlike CNN and MSNBC who are bobble heads for the current administrations.

    December 9, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • nadinesh

      Oh yeah that bastion of "hard" questions: Fox. ROTFLMAO. Ask them who won Ohio! Or is that too hard for you?

      December 9, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  19. amievit

    Doc, You just have to try to blame Fox again, even when they have NOTHING to do with the article, that is what is wrong with what is going on now. You think there should be 1 view and that is yours.

    December 9, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  20. hal

    They are having fun.....get over it!!

    December 9, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  21. Khaled Anntar

    I have to say this. I was not born in the US but have lived here for the last 12 years. Americans have a great sense of humor. We don't have to interpret a sense of humor into a cultural attack on ethnic groups. The fact is we are all different.

    December 9, 2012 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  22. joe

    That's what liberals do. they are so offensive.

    December 9, 2012 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
    • nadinesh

      Aw...did the big bad libewal step on your wittle tootsie..?

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

        No but someone must have stepped on yours,

        December 9, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • amievit

      oh people are so thin skinned it is pitful.

      December 9, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
      • Jt_flyer

        You , my friend, are a brainless political zombie. You serve no purpose. Your party is dying.

        December 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Disappointed American

        And it seems to me that those with the thinnest skin are the first ones to hurl insults! You, my friend, are NOT a brainless, political zombie. You do serve a purpose and, although I don't know your "party affiliation," it's not dying!

        December 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • amievit

      oh people are so "SENSITIVE",

      December 9, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • trex

      ............The ONLY thing FALLING FASTER than the unemployment rate is...................the gop APPROVAL RATING............

      December 9, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Justin H

    I would agree that the photo is insensitive, given the signs being held. The signs are really what takes this from simply dressing in costume for a theme party to being a cultural statement. However, I would stop far short of using language such as "disturbing" to describe the photo. I would say that anyone who takes enough offense to this photo to go beyond a negative comment, is overly sensitive and probably needs to relax. The question they should ask themselves is whether they feel the sorority girls had any malicious intent.

    December 9, 2012 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  24. jaz

    im going to sum up my opinion this way.. i'm an african american female. i can sit down, and watch a racist joke or two on family guy about my demographic, i can take a black joke at school. but every once an a while someone will take it overboard and i believe i owe it to myself to stand up to it. i may not be that offended by the picture, but to tell a hispanic person that has to go to that school with those girls that they're being overly sensitive ... its just not my place to do that.. now why this story got airtime as national news floors me.

    December 9, 2012 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
    • nadinesh

      well-said! And very restrained.

      December 9, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  25. Thomas1924

    I think too many people spend too much energy being offended.. Unless you offend me. That is different!... I think.

    December 9, 2012 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  26. Cheech

    Hey, watch Saturday Night Live, or Family Guy or Leno or Letterman or...

    EVERYBODY does it! But because of Jerry Sandusky, now it's popular to point fingers at Penn State.

    Amazing how many hypocrites the media has.

    December 9, 2012 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  27. Mitt Romney

    Lock them up and throw away the key!

    December 9, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  28. DPO

    I think most journalists are those oversensitive people in our college writing classes who loved to complain about everything and make a big deal over something a normal contributing member of society doesn't bother themselves with.

    December 9, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • avid reader

      DPO, amen to you! The media seems to have way too much control over how we should run our lives. Every immigrant group that has come to this country has had its share of jokes and gotten on with their lives just fine. Anyone with a good handle on the Spanish language can tell all the little do-gooder wasp's that Latinos do their share of poking fun at us when we're all standing in line at the 7Eleven too! There's a huge difference between poking fun at a stereotype than there is making fun of an individual. Media, collectively, needs to spend more time reporting news that counts.

      December 9, 2012 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
      • Cambridge Ray

        "The media seems to have way too much control"

        It is not our fault that you allow them, Avid Reader (BTW: You need to do more reading or pick better material)

        January 9, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cambridge Ray

      "normal contributing member of society"

      That is code word used to attack Liberals

      January 9, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  29. rls608s

    Wishes I had a lawn and beer!

    December 9, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  30. zzyzz

    I would do the two holding the signs. I don't care about their mustaches.

    December 9, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  31. JB

    Aww someone got offended? Whatever will we do?!

    December 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  32. marctheduck

    What an over-reaction! It's a sorority! It's college students. I can tell you first hand that much worse things go on in dorms, frats, sororities, apartments and houses around all universities. And most of you did worse in college yourselves (those who went). This is the PC-police gone wild. Because they wore Mexican attire. And because they referenced pot. Leave them kids alone!

    December 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Bill Porter

    Here's how I see it.

    List of the Worst People in History:

    1. Hitler

    2. Chi Omega Sorority, PSU

    3. Stalin


    December 8, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Ray

    What a bunch of wimps. Those girls had a bit of fun and if anyone was harmed, it was because they don't understand what humor is. Who knew that latinos whined so much? They are supposed to be strong people. Oh well . . . guess that's just a stereotype.

    December 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  35. J76

    Tasteless display from a bunch of immature clowns...I'm sure their parents are proud to be spending thousands so that their children can show the world how immature they are. Stupid also applies because the picture was taken using modern technology allowing the world to see....If you don't want your dirty laundry to be seen , don't hang it out for the public to see....Wait until these clowns go for an interview...the internet is forever and companies search everywhere to see prospective candidates online activities..

    December 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  36. ok

    Was anyone honestly expecting sensitivity from students that idolize a child rapist?

    December 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • dumas

      This coming from a sheep who argues which war criminal president should be elected while shopping at places that have products made from child labor. Your moral compass is just so far inferior than everyone elses.

      December 8, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • OKBack

      Sandusky was never idolized. Know your facts.

      December 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Speedy Gonzales

    Andele! Andele! Arriba! Arriba!

    December 8, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  38. SPW

    Who cares, if you get mad over this you should probably get some meds to tone down your over-obsessive feelings

    December 8, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Totally agree!!!!

      December 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  39. oma golly

    Lighten up who cares if some mexicans are offended or if some brainless americans like yall are? Go pound sand, losers! Ha!

    December 8, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      The only losers are these girls who have publicly shown they are prejudiced and spend their college days chasing beer and weed at mom & dad's expense! 🙂 Time for some growing up ...

      December 8, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  40. nvmature

    Well, they are Penn State. Just because they were having fun, does not mean it is not insensitive. How can young college students in this day and age not know it could be perceived as racist and insensitive behavior is beyond me. But then, they are Penn State.

    December 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      People need to grow up! Everyone is so sensitive now. Everything anyone does in public can be turned around. I can't stand penn state but it was a themed party! Get over it. Anyone can spin anything the way they want it so its time to just laugh or move on. All of us have done things people think are "insensitive"

      December 8, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      TIme for them to grow up. Mommy and daddy may buy their weed and beer now, but they'll eventually have to get a job ... working in a multi-ethnic America. Good luck to them.

      December 8, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • JD

      It was a picture done at a sorority like all schools do. Fraternity's too. Social media gets a grip on it and CNN posts it and people such as yourself STEREOTYPE Penn ST which makes you a overly sensitive HYPOCRITE. BUSTED!!!

      December 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Jim

    I resent the one young lady you dressed up to look like an Asian. That is just down right mean.

    December 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  42. john

    Who REALLY cares about such a trivial matter? Give me a friggin break. I'm a 60 year old white male who has been married to a Mexican girl for thirty four years. My kids are half Mexican. I lived in Mexico for many years. We all thought the picture was funny! And discriminatory and trashing hispanics? I don't think so amigo.

    What a pathetic scenario that politically correct university liberals running the school are treating it the way they have.

    And by the way, as a retired employee of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, I can assure you that the majority of the illegal drugs coming into this country DO come to us from Mexican traffickers.

    Maybe we should sentence these little senoritas to a couple years of "sensitivity training" so they'll never do such a horrendous thing again. And let us deprive them of their degrees as well.

    Every day I thank God my degree didn't come from the pedophelia tolerant idiots who run Penn State.

    December 8, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      "Liberals"? My college neighbor was a dyed-in-the-wool conservative Republican and could not stand prejudiced/racial humor. Yes, he was of Polish-American descent. In a multi-ethnic world I don't believe this type of "theme party" is acceptable. It paints Latinos as mowing your lawn when so many are in professional jobs, owning businesses and in skilled occupations. Imagine if they had an Arab theme party (will blow up xyz for pot and beer) or if they had dressed ip as Asian "massage parlor" girls or Jews with big noses, etc. I'm sorry, but I think there is humor and there is bad taste. Some may not find this insulting, but I do.

      December 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  43. JR

    When I was in college, I went to a party themed "High School Cliques," and my group of friends and I dressed as mentally handicapped children, and rode a cardboard cut-out short bus into the house. This picture is nothing

    December 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • rh

      Stay with what you know I guess.

      December 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  44. scmaize

    Of course, it's insensitive, but it's not racist. They were just having fun, It was thoughtless, but doesn't deserve the amount of publicity it has received.

    December 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Dee G.

    For those of you excusing this as "just college kids", these "college kids" are supposed to be our future, and if they continue to act like this, the future is going to be mighty scary.

    December 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Drama queen.

      December 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ang Ree

      I think what the author meant to write was, "University officials said they will not pursue disciplinary action against -WHITE- students...".

      December 8, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • MC

        Looks like this sorority is not all white from the picture. But there certainly have poor judgment and taste ...

        December 8, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  46. confused

    these stupid white girls should know better than that. but wait, these are rich stupid white girls. wait, there is an asian girl in the picture. what are you doing in the picture;you don't belong in there; the white girls will get you next.

    December 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Paranoid racist.

      December 8, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  47. J R Brown

    We've become a society of "victims". It's truly pathetic.

    When I saw the photo, I immediatly thought of Cheek and Chong...a couple of latinos who because rich and famous worldwide celebrities by being weed smokin mexicans.

    It disgusts me that there are people so insanely overly sensitive that EVERY opportunity to play the victim is taken.

    It was a joke. Get over it.

    December 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • J R Brown

      ....who became rich and famous...

      December 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      Chong isn't latino

      December 8, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • scmaize

      It's "Cheech" Marin (not Cheek) and Tommy Chong. Cheech is Latino, but Chong is not. It this the sum total of your experience with minorities?

      December 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Minute Man Pete

    This was more stupid than hateful. If the spoiled kids think this was harmless fun then I invite them to come to East LA or the near-west side of Chicago dressed in the same clothes and holding the same signs.

    December 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Why would they want to go to those filthy places?

      December 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  49. David

    We Are Penn State!

    December 8, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Minute Man Pete

      They do not know what to do with themselves without Johhny Sandusky leading the way.

      December 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • J76


      December 8, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  50. jvance

    Sometimes you have to just say "big deal" and move on. This is one of those times.

    December 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tall_Bruce

      My father was Scottish. You can wear a kilt and pretend all Scots do is drink Scotch Whisky and play the bag pipes. I don't care. I am proud of my scottish heratige. Everyone should be too.

      December 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Cheeknchong

    'member what happened at the alamo. couple mexicans started jackin around. now they cut my lawn.

    December 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Minute Man Pete

      They have lawn in the trailer park? Quit lying.

      December 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Carlos

    I guess there are two offensive gestures here: off-color jokes against Mexicans and degrading low-skilled honest professions such as landscaping. This rich spoiled girls seem to not understand the current economic situation and the humiliation millions of people face these days who cannot find work and who man these jobs that are back breaking and low paying. These girls have every right to say what they want but they also have to deal with the backlash of their actions.

    December 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • herb666

      There are no offensive gestures here. Get a life! Lawn maintenance is honest work. Move on

      December 8, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • RickInNY

      Need a tissue? Boo hoo hoo!!

      December 8, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Lilkidneys

    People who get offended by this sort of thing truly have no life. They need to look up in the night sky and contemplate their own insignificance. And the lamestream media like CNN make a living stirring up division in this society by making a federal case out of everything. Pathetic.

    December 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Minute Man Pete

      People who use phrases like "lame stream media" have no life and secretly wish they were still being breast fed by their meth addicted mother.

      December 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • RickInNY

      Actually Petey, Lilkidneys is spot on. Get over it dude. The media in these United States IS lame, and if you don't see it, YOU should go back to smoking the meth my friend. I'm Polish, let the jokes fly!!! I'm not an insensitive pansy like many apparently are.

      December 8, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  54. nc

    Lighten up, folks.

    December 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  55. George

    Very few people will complain if these organization are integrated. They are one of the most segregationist organizations in the country but will have the gall to complain about black and Asian cultural centers.

    December 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Florida Lady

    The signs pushed it over the top from stupid and insensitive to insulting and demeaning. Certainly there were ways to have a Mexican themed party without resorting to stupid stereotypes. Cinco de Mayo, anyone? If you're smart enough to get into college, you ought to be smart enough to recognize the difference between "harmless fun" and insulting a different culture. Having said that, move on, story's done. A much more telling point will be how these women in the photo move on from here. Do they learn and grow from their mistake, or shrug and be dismissive about what they did?

    December 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      They shrug & are dismissive just as I am about this whole nonsense

      December 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • RickInNY

      LOL, I think it's you, Florida Lady, that needs to learn the difference. IT WAS A JOKE!!! Go cry us a river.

      December 8, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Weesel71

      So "dressing as a Pilgrim" for a Thanksgiving-themed event would also be insensitive? Then there is the Santa and his elves business. I'm sure some group is offended by that stereotype.

      December 8, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  57. bob

    When I was in college...been out for 5 years now...we had a party like that every Cinco de Mayo. Everyone dressed like that and our Hispanic friends did not care. It was a great excuse to grow a mustache for a month beforehand and drink Corona or Dos Equis instead of the terrible stuff we normally did like Natty Light. Is it offensive to Greeks or Romans to have a Toga party too?

    December 8, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • aaron

      Did you even read the signs? Or the article? There is an obvious difference between wearing a sombrero and drinking Corona and holding up a sign entrenching the idea that all Mexicans are gardeners. This is an obviously false equivalency

      December 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • John G

        Yes aaron, not all mexicans are gardners, but if you've looked carefully lately, you may have noticed that nearly all "gardners" (or landscapers) are mexican. And they work their tails off too. And if you study the background for the Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 1937 (or so) you will find that mexicans and other immigrants were associated with the smoking of marijuana and its ban was as much a statement about mexicans as it was marijuana.

        December 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jose M. Pulido

      bob: It is not the outfits they wear but the stupid and ignorant content of the signs they display.

      December 29, 2012 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  58. dirtybird

    If these girls had dressed in overalls and black-face with fried chicken in one hand and watermelon in the other, while holding a sign that says, "crack for sale", then would it cross the line?

    December 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • rh

      But those Peggy commercials are really funny, as was "Balki". Eastern Europeans are okay, as long as you don't make them appear to be Jewish – that would be a problem.


      December 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Tom Hunter

    It would have been harmless fun had it not been for the signs, which are offensive.

    December 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • USAstarting2suck

      You might as well just jump off a bridge Tom, because if this is offending you there really isn't any reason to continue living your life.

      December 8, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • aaron

        And your comment, USA, is precisely why it is starting to suck.

        December 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • tomnikoly

        ...and if it DOESN'T offend YOU then you should reexamine yours.

        December 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Minute Man Pete

        You want people to jump off a bridge because they lack your insensitivity? Man, did your parents really mess you up. Shows you what happens when a trailer park mom uses meth while pregnant. I almost feel sorry for your sorry existence.

        December 8, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  60. USAstarting2suck

    This country is really becoming lame. The people that are easily offended are the ones that are ruining it. We should just move forward with outlawing comedy, it would really reduce all of these incidents.

    December 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Ayaz Sayeed

    Come on! Its a sorority – thy are kids! its okay...its college. And since when did people expect responsible moral behaviour at a sorority party. For all you now this is typical and only now becaseu of the social media people are aware.

    disclaimer: I went to Grad school at PSU

    December 8, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • rh

      Considering one of my sorority mates "went through" the entire membership of one fraternity as sort of a challenge, I don't think this party is the most insensitive thing that sorority girls have ever done.

      December 8, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Old man

    Another one of these -- is everybody looking for an excuse to be angry and offended? A sad way to live life.

    December 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Susan

    I think this is very offensive and I am troubled both by the behavior of the students as well as the opinions of those who think that this is "no big deal". It's a very big deal, and both of these things are strong indicators that racism is alive and well in America, and deeply entrenched.

    December 8, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • USAstarting2suck

      It isn't a big deal Susan. You are the one with the problem, and you are the minority, but you're ruining it for everyone else. I think it's pathetic you are unable to function knowing that some sorority that probably lives a long distance away from PSU posted a photo that you don't like. Do us a favor and stop browsing the web.

      December 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • DesertRat

        "Ruining it for everyone else?" What, you're one of the sorority girls? Afraid you can't hold your own racist party now because someone made a comment in a public forum?

        Should these girls be punished? Probably not. Free speech and all that. But people acting like idiots get called out on it. That's called society. And these girls were being racist idiots, and thanks to the Internet, they've been immortalized as such.

        December 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • shandaharper

      The very people offended by this behavior are actually the most tolerant as they have put up with these lewd stereotypes and the "get over it"s for generations. We never ask you to understand why we are offended, just understand that we are and cut it out. Free country? Yes. Freedom of speech? Of course. Allow people to make jokes about my culture after my ancestors fought, bled, and died just so I could live in a country that treats "every man equal" and expect me to shut up or get out? Never going to happen.

      December 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • RickInNY

      I agree with Suck, the liberals are getting very pathetic. Don't even try to explain your angle Suck, once liberals get a "cause" in their heads, they can't drop it. They can't see others' points of view, and facts are meaningless. I could see if they used brown-face, or something that really IS racist, but wearing sombreros with funny signs, not so much. Susan, try to get over your politically correct self, mkay?

      December 8, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Skione

    Watch the movie PCU which is what PSU has turned into apparently

    December 8, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  65. dirtybird

    The parts of the picture that cross the line are the signs. Without the signs, this is completely harmless, but the signs perpetuate a negative and false stereotype. On average, the citizens of the Unite States, on a per capita basis, consume far more drugs than the citizens of any other country on earth, so these girls are behaving like ill-informed bigots.

    December 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • jjbs

      Its a joke what part of that do you not understand. Grow up and quit whining!

      December 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jason G

        Sounds like you're the one whining, jjbs. I think you need to get your maturity in check and look up the definition of 'joke'.

        December 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • dirtybird

        What part of false stereotype do you people not understand? Those college girls consume more illegal drugs than a similarly-sized typical group of migrant laborers, and yet, here they are, mocking an entire race of people.

        If these girls had dressed in overalls and black-face with fried chicken in one hand and watermelon in the other, while holding a sign that says, "crack for sale", then would it cross the line?

        December 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  66. TexDoc

    It's a party, a Halloween party, not a political statement. Move on. Does this mean none of these girls can ever be elected to public office? Stop the correctness, it's a party.

    December 8, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  67. dakattack

    sometimes, people do get out of line, I used to get upset, and my dad, who was white, told me that people who make racist comments just dont know any better, I guess I feel sorry for them, me personally, I dont have time to be racist. Have a good day everyone!

    December 8, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Realist1

    Give me a break! It's just college kids having fun – whoever complained should use thier energy in other productive ways and contribute to society!

    December 8, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • shandaharper

      So now you are ASSuming that the people complaining are freeloaders that don't contribute to society? On the contrary, most are not a part of your 47%, but we also haven't forgotten the real history of this country and what OUR forefathers went through just so we could be having civilized discussions with people whose forefathers saw us as less than human.

      December 8, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  69. John G

    In The Wake of the Sandusky Scandal? What in the world is wrong with you CNN? You think there are 100,000 people in the middle of Pennsylvania walking around thinking "gee, we can't have any fun this year. Some pervert molested guys in the sports program here over 10 years ago and we're somehow responsible."

    The girls had a cool party. Sorry I missed it. CNN - I guess you're going to say next that it should have been another candlelight vigil.

    This is not reporting. It's just trying to get people ticked off who are all getting along quite well without you, thank you.

    December 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • RickInNY

      Exactly John! It's the media's job in this country not to report the news, but to divide Americans against each other. When we are fighting each other, we don't see what Congress is doing to us on a daily basis.

      December 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Mike

    I'm starting to get annoyed with this country. Suck it up people. I'm sure you have something better to do like go get your unemployment or welfare check out of the mail.

    December 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  71. The fact of the matter

    Political correctness is nothing more than a cop-out for weaklings who don't have the stones to call it like it is.

    December 8, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Hebert Frank Lopez

    Is Not about freedom of Speech. Don't you get it. I guess not...

    December 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  73. jjbs

    Come on, its a joke. boohoo everybody is offended over everything, grow up and stop looking for something to offend yourselves so you can whine about it. We have got to standup to the "I am poor little victim " types and not give in to their politically correct crying.

    December 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • shandaharper

      No one is playing the victim card, and just because you don't understand why a person is offended doesn't mean that it's wrong for them to feel that way. The best response any non-minority can give is, "I don't get it, but I respect how you feel about it". Sorry if you'll have to find something else to amuse yourself with.

      December 8, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  74. John`

    I think this was all harmless fun. About a year ago my wife and I went to the Jimmy Stewart museum in Indiana, PA. There was a picture of Jimmy Stewart and some of his friends dressed in Mexican outfits just like the sorority. No one seems offended by the picture of Jimmy having a good time, so why go after some Penn State students doing the same thing? Why doesn’t the press go to some other campus and find some dirt there? This is a time of healing for the students and faculty of Penn State. No one has to be reminded what happened earlier this year we all know what happened.

    December 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason G

      Just because racist imagery is condoned by ignorant people doesn't mean it's not a serious problem. Stop propagating racist thinking; I'm sure you're better than that, John.

      December 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  75. F Daniel Gray

    Uh Norm, pay attention. Black History Month was/IS a response to the fact that 'white' history is always emphasized, as if "blacks" and "minorities" had no part in building this nation.

    BET was founded because "blacks" didn't/DON'T get equal opportunity in the "white" owned/dominated media.

    Black only schools were/ARE a product/response to the fact that "blacks" were prohibited attendance at 'white" schools. Or, membership in unions; housing of their choice ( a "blacK' family was recently harassed/chased out of their home in Orange County, CA).

    Racist much? White people still don't recognize their own racism. The above is a mere scratching of the surface.

    December 8, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Look at the kettle callin' the pot black

      ... and of course whites are the only racists. Look in the mirror. You're the biggest part of the whole problem.

      December 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  76. NerosMatch

    I am Hispanic and I really think this country is screwed if we ever get attacked on our own soil we literally have become a nation of wusses. Mowing the lawn is a terrible job! My father mowed lawns, fixed houses ...he hated it..but so did a lot of different peoples parents or grandparents.You should see the resorts in Mexico!!! they dress whites blacks yellow and red in sombreros and mustaches and take pictures! All Mexicans don't mow lawns and wear sombreros... I know that I hope most of us know that. So I just don't see the harm. I went to community college then university and I make more money in a few months than my father did in a year..! Isn't the point of this country that being poor and doing menial labor jobs sucks but we can make sure our children do a little better?All these kids are obsessed with mustaches right now I think its more about that than anything. And by the way I would have gladly done it for weed and beer back in college.

    December 8, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • RickInNY

      Yes, most of us do realize that many/most Mexican's don't wear sombreros. I've been to Mexico many times, and I just love the people. I actually think I like people from Mexico than from here in New York, they're far nicer. It's one of my favorite places to visit. I haven't been there in about 4 or 5 years now, as money's been tight lately, but can't wait to get back.

      December 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Norm

    The lesson needed here is that people need to start ignoring what others think of them.
    Our society has become so over sensitive that we now need to go in the other direction to balance things out a bit.
    Likewise...I could care less what others think of my comment here and you should do the same.

    December 8, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • RickInNY

      I totally agree.

      December 8, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  78. SokrMom

    It's ridiculous for a lot of non-hispanics to weigh in on whether this picture was offensive!

    December 8, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • It's a two-way street

      Oh, comments are closed except to thin skinned-fools like you... not! If you can't recognize innocent humor you're part of the problem.

      December 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  79. LOL

    Cheech and Chong made a fortune playing off that sterotype! Sure it was in poor taste, but the reaction has been way over the top. I do not think for a minute think these girls are racist or in anyway believe the sterotype, they were just having fun. We have become a nation of children, we are to easily offended!

    December 8, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  80. Will S

    Offensive things usually are funny to some people and not others. Grow a thicker skin and move on.

    December 8, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  81. TrishaDishawareagle

    I'm sure Tonto down at the casino is offended by pilgrim's last name..tough

    December 8, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  82. TrishaDishawareagle

    Who cares if someone is offended. Your feelings DO NOT MATTER..get used to it..they don't

    December 8, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  83. Hernandez

    Anon, while you make a valid argument to compare white missing children versus others in main stream media, the comparison to college sorority girls and the signs they hold doesn't stick. Compare apples to apples next time. Just like this article is pointless for comparing Sandusky to these sorority girls.

    As someone who carries an "EZ" last name and has darker skin, this picture is in no way offensive...This nation has become one that does nothing but complain and sue. If you don't like it so much, go back to Mexico. For me, I'm staying here.

    December 8, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  84. Sue

    OMG, I think the picture is darling. The stereotyping of Mexicans as siesta-loving, laid back happy people has always given me warm and fuzzies. I think "Alfred Pujols mows my lawn" is in an entirely different league – it IS offensive (and stupid to say the least). The picture above is light-hearted ribbing. I and all my black, brown, white and gay friends do it all the time. The press always goes overboard and I am not surprised anymore, sadly, that so many people buy into it without thinking seriously about the big picture.

    December 8, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  85. Pancho Villa

    I feel offended every time a couple talks in another language right in front of me, am I allowed to feel offended, maybe the couple is saying nice things about me... or maybe not... But where do I draw the line and just let it be?

    December 8, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Minute Man Pete

      They are saying bad things about you, but nice things about the normal people.

      December 8, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  86. indnrnnr

    if you look at the faces in the picture you can probably discern from this that the ethnicity of these young women is pretty diverse and pretty well represents what America is and has become, so no, i don't find this any more than a bunch of people having a good time and celebrating the freedoms of America

    December 8, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • woodin

      The costumes where harmless enough, but the signage pushed the event over the prejudicial edge.

      December 8, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  87. arosel

    They forgot the sign "I am penn state"

    December 8, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      Regarding "sensitivity" to race – political correctness has gotten us nowhere, or haven't you noticed.

      December 8, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
      • RufusVonDufus

        Great post! All the goody two shoes have done is well, NOTHING!

        December 8, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Meldin

    It's only ever offensive when a group of white people mock/make of fun another ethnic group. But when the shoe is on the other foot, no one ever complains. It seems that every group is allowed to make fun of white people, but the same can't be said in reverse. As the old saying goes, don't dish it out if you can't take it.

    December 8, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      So true...
      People of color can do whatever they want and whites don't care.
      it's a shame they can't be mature enough to do likewise.
      Black history month?
      Black only schools?
      Tell me there wouldn't be an uproar if it was the other way around.

      December 8, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • RickInNY

      Hmmm...I wonder where all the politically correct whiners are on this post? *crickets*

      A-freaking-men Meldin!!

      December 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  89. randy

    After reading all the comments i agree. We as americans have let social and public media dictate the level of polictical correctness get way out of hand. We must now apologize to all Irish,mexicans, and blaack people. especially the Black people who never were from Africa. Labeling all Blacks as african american is offensive to those from other countries like Somolia and Panama, and Jamaca.

    December 8, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Hi Randy. Somolia is in Africa, which is a continent. Many blacks from Panama and Jamaica are descendants of Africans who were kidnapped and sold into slavery. I do agree with you (and so does modern journalism) that when telling stories about others, we should identify them as they wish to be identified. To me, it's important when giving your opinion to work from agreed upon facts (like Somolia being part of Africa) before you give your opinion. It's a way to have a rational conversation as well as a good way to convince people of your opinion.

      December 8, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
      • GR

        I got some news for you.........we are all descendant from Africans

        December 8, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  90. meemee

    This is a good lesson for everyone...watch what you put onto social media.

    December 8, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  91. lindaluttrell

    Now, the Latin community is getting a taste of what Native Americans have endured for a long time...

    December 8, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  92. Heyzeus

    The way everything is going, you can't say anything without "offending" someone. In my opinion, being politically correct means putting the right people in office.... Whoopsies, we messed up on that one!!!! KMAMF

    December 8, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  93. camila

    First of all remember that USA is the biggest drug-consumer country in the world. If someone sells is because someone consume...Second: Your americans are always thinking that latinos come to your country, but, How many americans are ready to clean bathrooms, work with very low salaries, without any rights? You relay on the immigrant workers even to clean your house, because you can do it for yourself. Third: If some University in other country publishes something against American Army, or American people? How you will react?. You think that you are the first country in the world because you have money and a dirty, values-empty society ...But there are people and countries that dont have money but something that you never will have: A culture, traditions, and MORAL values.

    December 8, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • RufusVonDufus

      Oh, whoopi do!

      December 8, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  94. pauleky

    Well then, you better hide in your bunker with your God and guns. The rest of us will move on into the 21st century. I do think these girls are idiots, but they have every right to be. However, to say this isn't discriminatory is ridiculous. These girls are clearly playing up negative stereotypes of Mexicans. If you think that's OK, that says a lot about you. I wouldn't dream of telling them they can't be idiots – idiocy is celebrated in this country, anyway (look at some of the leaders the GOP have foisted upon us (not saying the Dems are much better, frankly)). Have any sort of character or integrity seems to be old-fashioned to most people. Sad.

    December 8, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  95. enjoylife

    Is it offensive because of the signs or the fact that its true? How do you not know that the girls wanted to cut grass and this is a form of advertising.What happens to the folks that work in themed restaurants aren`t they also making fun of a group of people, get over all of this nobody is offended and teach these kids that people need to put their big boy pants on! And enjoy life!

    December 8, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  96. cpawhisperer

    Political correctness run amok

    December 8, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
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  97. Charles Gannon

    Five years from now when all the "cupcakes" shown here are married, scattered across the country, living in the suburbs, standing on their front porch with a glass of wine in hand watching the lawn service mow the lawn, they will say to themselves "what was all the excitment about back in school"

    December 8, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  98. calvin0714

    Whatever happened to celebrating our cultural differences and that which makes us unique? How does one infer racism without context?

    December 8, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Please Get Educated

      yes...this clearly was a celebration. im going to dress up as the kkk and celebrate white power now.

      December 9, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  99. moe

    I I want to make a public apology to all Irish-Americans. I deeply regret the incident last St. Patrick's Day in which I dressed up like leprechaun and made the inference that all Irish people are drunks.

    December 8, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      If you apologize one more time. I'll throw a beer on yer head and sock ya in the nose...
      Now go get drunk laddie....

      December 8, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • dak

      or short

      December 8, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  100. KeninTexas

    Come on folks, get serious. This is a bunch of kids acting the fool. Okay, call it what it is and move on. There isn't any reason to make a big deal out of nothing. If you're so sensitive that you are offended, you have other problems. Go deal with them and afterwards, rejoin the rest of society in seeing this, chucke a little bit and forget about it. Geez, people how big of a baby is everyone getting to be?

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

      Yeah, and Psy only make some nice song talking about American army...Fool guy... Why such an scandal?

      December 8, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Please Get Educated

      I find it sad that people think it is just a joke because it gives credence to other bigoted people who may use this to justify whatever unfair generalizations they have towards other ethnic minorities. Racial stigmatization goes against the very ideal that "all men are created equal". America is a multicultural society and I am proud of that. But there are increasing racial strains and images like these do not help. Instead of defending this as a joke, or telling people to be less sensitive, why not tell others to be less ignorant? When we understand each others' cultures, maybe we can more forward as a nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

      December 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
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