LSU’s chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon has never been a group to shy away from controversy. Maybe you haven’t heard the name, but chances are you’ve at least seen their game day signs. In the past few years, they’ve managed to insult their opponents in a way that’s both topical and hilarious. As you can expect, it’s not the best way to get good press or make friends with the easily offended plebeians that are found on campuses across the nation. In 2014, the Huffington Post ran an op-ed on the fraternity’s “Terrible Sense of Humor.”
Now, it’s the Coalition of LSU Student Organizations Committed to Community that has a bone to pick with DKE. That beef comes in the form of a call to the university’s administration to put their foot down. For reference, here’s the banner that caused all the trouble.
That’s just classic. Whether or not you agree with Kap’s big stand against the man, this slogan needs to be on a t-shirt immediately. Let’s see if the CoLSOCtC’s War on Humor has a leg to stand on.
Holy Toledo that’s a lot to process. By this group’s standards, the guys behind South Park should be in prison. Not only is DKE’s banner promoting a hostile campus environment, it’s also kicking all the victims of this year’s tragic flooding while they’re down. Not to mention all those “similar organizations,” who haven’t really done anything wrong, need to be watched as well. You never know what those pesky Greeks are up to.
Don’t get the CoLSOCtC (get a shorter name, idiots) wrong, though, they totally understand how freedom of expression works and are one hundred percent behind it. Just don’t throw shade at a second stringer who’s using his platform to exercise his freedoms, because that’s where the line is drawn. Heaven forbid anyone receives a little criticism. It’s 2016! We should be past things like reasonable discourse and satire by now.
For what it’s worth, DKE has been down this road before. They’ve hung banners roasting everyone from Michael Sam to Casey Anthony, all while keeping the tone on football. If the administration hasn’t been henpecked to a point of rolling over just to look good, then the unreasonably long and unpronounceable acronym really doesn’t have a dog in this fight.
If DKE can make headlines for the price of a sheet and some spray paint, then I say keep on. There are chapters that would beg for that kind of exposure. At this point, a few outraged people is just the cost of doing business..