Clemson University Bans Students from Making Harambe Jokes, Because Racism and Rape Culture

Harambe is now like the Prophet Muhammad: students can say his name, but they aren't allowed to draw him.

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Harambe has been killed again. This time the perpetrator is Clemson University, which informed residential advisers on Friday that all public displays involving Harambe are strictly prohibited.

RAs were instructed to inform students that visual representations of Harambe—the gorilla who was killed by Cincinnati Zoo officials after a kid wandered into its enclosure—"are no longer allowed within our community."

When pressed for an explanation, a Clemson official insisted that Harambe's death has been "used to add to the rape culture as well as being a form of racism."

Harambe just can't catch a break, huh? First, people killed him. Now, he's being blamed for rape culture and racism.

Note that Clemson isn't just banning specific Harambe jokes it considers to be in bad taste—such as "dicks out for Harambe," which is a racist microaggression and possibly a Title IX violation at UMass-Amherst. It's banning all Harambe-related displays.

Students are still allowed to say the word "Harambe," but if they draw Harambe on their whiteboards, "the individual/individuals will get in some trouble!" Campus Reform reports.

So it would seem that Harambe has achieved the same status as the Prophet Muhammad.

Of course, students who just talk about Harambe could also get in trouble, Campus Reform notes. Clemson Graduate Community Director Brooks Artis said in an email that that he hopes students are being "inclusive" in their choice of words, and reminds them that if they say anything that anyone finds offensive for any reason, they could be investigated on suspicion of violating Title IX.

As a reminder, the most recent racial incident at Clemson was a complete hoax.

Clemson is a public university, and it clearly needs a stern reminder that it may not prohibit students from celebrating the life of Harambe in accordance with their own spiritual beliefs. I propose that students wear Harambe T-shirts in the Clemson dormitories until the administration relents.

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  1. They’re just aping the larger SJW movement.

    1. Monkey see, monkey do.

      1. It’s ape culture.

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            1. And I’ve never even had sex with a fish.

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  2. *puls dick out in solidarity*

    1. Of what?

  3. Harambe received his honorary doctorate from Clemson. In Child Development.

  4. i must find a Harambe/Mohammad mashup somewhere!

    1. I was going to suggest a picture of Kimbo Slice (pbuh) but then… nah, that’s racist.

    2. I’m waiting for some Harambe/Mohammed cross over fan fiction to come out.

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    1. Working from home, Harambe could’ve gotten out of that shitty zoo gig and this tragedy would have been avoided. Lack of opportunities, of course, left him without access to a computer or the internet.

  6. What did Harambe PBUH know about Hillary’s emails?

    1. Entirely too much. Why do you think he’s dead?

  7. Clemson’s policies got a WTF rating (technically a Red Light) from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Educaiton

    Here, I suppose the relevant provision is in the Housing Policies:

    “Harassment is any behavior that would verbally or physically threaten, torment, badger, heckle or persecute an individual because of his/her race or gender.”

    1. His/her is othering to people whose pronouns are they

  8. Then there is this

    http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=8171

    An RA at the University of Kansas was advised against incorporating an image of a gorilla into a jungle-themed floor decoration because the animal apparently represents “a very masculine image.”
    Assistant Complex Director Dale Morrow also noted that there are “stereotypes that surround this animal,” and therefore its inclusion in the display would not be “inclusive.”

    What did the humble gorilla ever do to become the camps SJW’s new Goldstein?

    1. They know that gorillas come in male and female, right?

      1. Doubtful

      2. Even the female gorillas are masculine!

        … don’t ask how

    2. Don’t call Candy Kong masculine, she’s the gorilla my dreams.

    3. I demand that the University of Kansas recognize gender fluidity among gorillas!

      Also, these people are pathetic.

    4. “a very masculine image.”

      How is a creature with a two-inch dick “masculine”??

      1. Obviously you’ve never seen Pumping Iron.

    5. Don Harambe, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your daughter… ‘s wedding… on the day of your daughter’s wedding. And I hope their first ape be a masculine ape. I pledge my ever-ending loyalty.
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  9. Captain Obvious says: This would have died eons ago if they’d just stopped banning it.

  10. Note that Clemson isn’t just banning specific Harambe jokes it considers to be in bad taste?such as “dicks out for Harambe,” which is a racist microaggression and possibly a Title IX violation at UMass-Amherst.

    *sigh*

    Always straddling the fence.

    1. I am still trying to wrap my mind around how everyone is a racist but the people who associate any mention of a gorilla with black people.

      1. +1 joe from lowell. never forget.

    2. Sounds like a comment on the realities of Title IX enforcement more than an editorial comment.

      1. I know – I was busting his balls. Its nice to see him simply pointing out the idiocies of these policies instead of bending over backwards to be ‘fair and show both sides of the story’.

  11. Harambe has achieved the same status as the Prophet Muhammad.
    – Robby Soave

    (fwd: ISIS)

    1. They are both dead primates who liked to play with little boys.

  12. Clemson University freshmen may no longer publicly display Harambe-related memes because they “add to rape culture”

    Sad. Some of my favorite first-year memories centered around waving my hongle – or at least threatening to wave my hongle – at anyone and everyone who dared pass by my dorm room.

  13. Little snow flakes grow up to be terrified of everything. I ran into a fine example today: a group of us raised $10K to put in five grave markers for Rev War militiamen whose burial site was obliterated by a residential development.
    As the stones were being installed, one mother e-mailed the township (on whose land the stones were being installed with permission) that the stones were near her precious snow-flake’s bus stop and now he was scared to wait there for the bus so she has to drive said snow-flake to school! What are the odds this kid will grow up to be a serial killer or something???

    1. 1 in 5.

    2. Serial killers have to leave their houses to be serial killers, so… not likely??

      1. Not with the way you can get everything delivered these days.

    3. he will probably grow up to be a she

  14. How about pix of other gorillas?

    1. Dicks out for Koko??

      1. Koko actually prefers nipples.

        True story: koko was accused by a female handler of sexual harassment.

        1. You go, Glenda Koko!

    2. Are you implying they all look alike!? I can’t even with you people.

  15. At this point, it would be wise to never associate with or even look at someone of a different race or sex from oneself. Congratulations, social justice warriors.

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  17. Clemson is hosting College Gameday this weekend. I feel like it will be nothing but Harambe signs (in a just world it would be).

  18. From Clemson”s web pages

    The University is governed by a 13-member Board of Trustees, including six elected by the state legislature and seven successor members, as provided by the will of Thomas G. Clemson. The board is responsible for setting policy and approving budgets and expenditures.

    The chaiman and chief adornment of this body is

    E. Smyth McKissick III, Chairman
    CEO, Alice Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    P. O. Box 369
    Easley, SC 29641
    864-859-6323

    Today’s journalism assignment for Robbie is to “reach out” to Mr. Smyth-McKissick III or anyone else on the board and report on if or how the Board sets any policies related to the throttling of free speech as in the Harambe matter. Bonus points for quotes from legislators who appoint 6 of the 13 board members.

    Due date is Friday, 30 September

  19. Nobody NEEDS a hyper-masculine primate to attack gun rights.

    1. Hey, gorillas are docile creatures. Baboons are the super-predators of the primate world.

      1. Chimps engage in tribal warfare, and even been recorded engaging in ritual cannibalism. Planet of the Apes had it completely bass-ackwards.

  20. Anyone notice Robby’s conspicuous lack of alt-text.

    Robby might as well have said, “It’s true, that occasionally jokes in poor taste are made in regards to Harambe”

  21. “and reminds them that if they say anything that anyone finds offensive for any reason, they could be investigated on suspicion of violating Title IX.”
    I find any mention of “title IX” offensive and insulting. (It is based entirely on segregation by sex and/or gender, and therefore evil incarnate. Oh, wait! I don’t need a logical reason, just “any” reason! well, then, just because.)
    Deal with that!

  22. Cincinnati wasn’t sending us their best apes. They’re sending their racist apes. They’re sending us their rapey apes. And some of them, I assume, are good gorillas.

  23. “used to add to the rape culture as well as being a form of racism.”

    I am just utterly baffled how anyone can have reached this conclusion.

    1. Zeb, it’s a fool that looks for logic in the chambers of the human heart.

      1. I’m not even looking for logic. Just some tenuous connection in there somewhere.

    2. Here’s the thought process:
      1) See popular smart assery among humans you want to oppress.
      2) HELP! RAPE!
      3) RACIST!

  24. Honest question:
    From a strictly legal sense, how is that a student can be investigated for a Title IX violation? Title IX applies specifically to institutions of higher learning that receive any federal funds.
    A student can violate a school’s code of conduct, but not only is this moron incapable of logical thought, he is also just plain wrong.

  25. Clemson University tuition and fees: $28,314 in state, $47,296 out of state.

  26. Clemson Graduate Community Director Brooks Artis said in an email that that he hopes students are being “inclusive” in their choice of words, and reminds them that if they say anything that anyone finds offensive for any reason, they could be investigated on suspicion of violating Title IX.

    Somebody ought to tell Clemson Graduate Community Director Brooks Artis that Title IX applies to institutions that accept federal education dollars, not to individuals — and that enforcement is committed to federal regulators, not to self-important little twats who’ve somehow parleyed their utter lack of useful skills into positions in university administration.

  27. Don’t you want a little gorilla you can call your own,
    A gorilla who’ll be with ya when you’re all alone?

  28. Talk about Obama’s legacy. Title IX will be one of them.

  29. UPDATE: Clemson reports this was one employee’s e-mail, and does not reflect university policy

    Good Evening ?
    This email is meant to clarify some earlier communication you may have received as a member of the Shoeboxes community.

    We are committed to creating an inclusive, safe living community where all residents feel comfortable in peacefully expressing differing points of view. Last week, a door posting with a meme was brought to the attention of our staff as its content made some feel uncomfortable. We also want all residents to feel they are able express their thoughts, opinions and ideas.

    To that end, we want to clarify that building residents are able to post items on their individual doors.

    Should you encounter any issue of concern please reach out to your RA or other hall staff members for assistance.

    So, while it does appear there was a Harambe-related incident, it has not resulted in his image being banned from public spaces.

    Gouch explains that the screenshots obtained by Campus Reform were in fact emails “sent by one person to RAs who sent it to students,” but that they do not reflect campus policy.

  30. We must learn how these gorillas self-identify their own sexuality before we engage in any rush to judgement. For all we know Harange was self-perceived to be a female gorilla and was merely exercising hir maternal instinct.

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