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A 'Mad Scientist' Theme Party Was Too Offensive for Some Students

Victimhood culture strikes again.

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If you thought a student group's mad scientist-themed party was innocuous enough to escape the righteous indignation of the campus safe-spacers, think again.

The Associated Students of Pomona College bashed residents of a Harvey Mudd College dormitory for hosting a theme party, "Mudd Goes Madd." Pomona and Harvey Mudd are two of the five Claremont Colleges, a group of private institutions in Southern California. The party, a play on Mudd's reputation as a science school was intended for students of all five colleges, but Pomona declined to participate, according to its student government:

"We are disappointed at your choice of the name for the event, as well as your rationale for allowing the name 'Mudd Goes Madd.' Your disregard of the concerns of the mental health community and their allies trivializes issues that we deem extremely important to our community. Further, the exclusion of the mental health community in the discussion of allowing the event name is inappropriate."

Mudd held the party, anyway—and some deemed it a small victory against the forces of political correctness, according to The College Fix:

"This was definitely a win against overzealous PC culture," student Steven Glick said in an email to The College Fix. "Students at the Claremont Colleges are tired of having their freedoms compromised in order to avoid upsetting certain groups of students, and the students that the PC police think they are helping are fed up with being told that they are too weak to hear certain words. We're in college-people here want to be treated like adults, not like kindergarteners."

As TCF notes, several students who suffer from mental issues expressed support for the party's theme:

Another student wrote the decision was "patronizing" and a third added "I have anxiety and my closest friends have depression. I think the name is clever and fun," according to screenshots obtained by The College Fix.

Another student told the Claremont Independent, which first reported the story, that: "I am actually bipolar and I am offended that people infantilize the whole issue of mental illness by suggesting we should be protected from anything that could damage our 'fragile' psyches."

Opposing a mad scientist-themed party on the grounds that it offends the mentally unstable is insane (sorry, readers, if that triggered you). Such petty outrage seems to provide more evidence that college campuses are indeed transitioning to a "victimhood culture" in which students are perversely empowered by proclaiming their helplessness.