Well, it looks like America has found yet another thing to be offended by. There’s been a lot of talk in the news about The University of Alabama and for once, it’s not about their football program. Rather, it’s about a sorority making a recruitment video that has apparently offended every human being. The University of Alabama’s Alpha Phi chapter posted a recruitment video that has sparked major debate and critics of the video are calling it “racially homogenous” and “objectifying”. A.L. Bailey even labeled it as “worse for women than Donald Trump”
Alright, people of the world, I’m here to ruin your day.
Recruitment videos mean nothing.
No really, they don’t.
You know why? Because while you were busy being offended by college women making a video:
- A bombing in Bangkok outside a famous shrine where more than 19 people died, tourists included, in apparent terrorist attack
- ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi repeatedly raped American Hostage Kayla Mueller before they beheaded her
- Millions of Pakistani citizens are forced in bonded labor, which is one of the last remaining forms of modern slavery
- A ‘Potential Security Event’ has occurred outside a South Carolina nuclear plant *A NUCLEAR PLANT PEOPLE*
- Donald Trump says he will “build a wall to keep out immigrants” from Mexico
- A man has been charged for stabbing to death Morgan Freeman’s step granddaughter
- Oscar Pistorious (famous runner from South Africa who killed his girlfriend) is set to be released as early as next week
And that’s just within 24 hours.
Yet, we sit here and talk about a sorority recruitment video offending people on the news and on social media like it is the most pressing issue we have ever seen. Excuse me while I don’t even pretend to care about whether or not you are offended by a video. Sexual assault on campus, gun violence on campus, safety on campus? Those are news-worthy issues to talk about when speaking about college campuses. But a freaking sorority recruitment video? Are you kidding me? That’s what gets America going?
Speaking as a woman and in a sorority, I’m really not offended by this. Because frankly, I don’t give a shit about it. I don’t care about whether or not a group of woman made a stupid and probably regretful recruitment video. People make mistakes for God’s sake, that’s what makes them people. Quit highlighting other people’s mistakes while you try and act like you haven’t made any before. Plus I’m too busy worrying about things that actually pertain to my life.
Whether or not you agree with this video is beside the point, because it means nothing. We need to start being aware of the REAL pressing issues here. Critics of the video claim it’s showing young women false views of what it means to be in a sorority, let alone what it means to be a woman, but if you ask me, saying that this video is “worse for women than Donald Trump” is a bit of a stretch here. How about the idea that the government was ACTUALLY thinking about defunding Planned Parenthood? Or that Female Genital Mutilation was JUST made illegal in Nigeria LITERALLY A WEEK AGO. Sorry but I think those issues were a little “worse for women than Donald Trump”.
Oh, and while you’re busy shaming this sorority-of which you know nothing about other than a 5-minute video, you’re bringing down women as a whole. Because while you preach “that all women are different”, when some women are skinny and blonde, that’s “not what a woman looks like”.
Hmm…so all women are different as long as they fit in the box of what “different” looks like?
What a juicy contradiction.
Spoiler Alert: you are going to be offended once or twice in your life, get over it. Start talking about things that truly really matter in life, like social AND racial injustices, police brutality, home-grown terrorism *because it’s real*, or literally anything else I spoke about in this article, not a stupid video.
Featured image via Alpha Phi recruitment video.