The Atlantic has an amazing article about Reed College, a college in Oregon which has been described as the “most liberal college in the country.” With all the collegiate lunacy in America these days, being the most liberal is certainly a distinction. The Princeton Review says that Reed has the most liberal student body of any college, which should serve as a warning to any right-thinking parents considering the school as an option for their children.
I probably don’t have to tell you that the college’s far left extremists are consuming the other leftists who run the college…. and it’s glorious to observe. The latest is horrible-terrible-inexcusable thing that happened on campus was the showing of a 39 year old video featuring Steve Martin:
At Reed College, a small liberal-arts school in Portland, Oregon, a 39-year-old Saturday Night Live skit recently caused an uproar over cultural appropriation. In the classic Steve Martin skit, he performs a goofy song, “King Tut,” meant to satirize a Tutankhamun exhibit touring the U.S. and to criticize the commercialization of Egyptian culture. You could say that his critique is weak; that his humor is lame; that his dance moves are unintentionally offensive or downright racist. All of that, and more, was debated in a humanities course at Reed.
But many students found the video so egregious that they opposed its very presence in class. “That’s like somebody … making a song just littered with the n-word everywhere,” a member of Reedies Against Racism (RAR) told the student newspaper when asked about Martin’s performance. She told me more: The Egyptian garb of the backup dancers and singers—many of whom are African American—“is racist as well. The gold face of the saxophone dancer leaving its tomb is an exhibition of blackface.”
One irony here is that I recall seeing Steve Martin once explain that he deliberately crafted his zany style of humor, emphasizing his gifts at physical comedy, in order to get away from the over-politicized style of stand-up comedy that had grown up in the 1960s. But now even this is suspect for the hair-trigger left. (By the way, how long until the use of the word “triggering” will be banned, because it reminds us of guns, which are evil and should only be allowed to be carried by police. Oh, wait. . .)
Isn’t it great not to be a flaming liberal these days, when you absolutely have to be offended over everything?
Watch it below — if you dare:
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Hat Tip: Powerline