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The PC shitstorm on college campuses has spilled over across our borders. A yoga class at the University of Ottawa in Canada was forced to cancel because some mindful and courteous students feared the lessons were “cultural appropriation” of a non-Western practice.
There’s an added level of irony when you consider the fact that hardcore yogos (that’s what they call themselves, right?) are easily some of the most hypersensitive, PC brain-rotted people out there. The monster is officially eating its own kin.
How could this story look any worse for anyone who’s ever bitched about cultural appropriation? Turns out the class was a big hit for disabled students. Oh God, thank you.
According to the Ottawa Sun, staff from the Centre for Students with Disabilities, where the classes were held for students of all abilities, wrote in an email: “While yoga is a really great idea and accessible and great for students…there are cultural issues of implication involved in the practice. Yoga has been under a lot of controversy lately due to how it is being practiced”, and which cultures those practices “are being taken from”.
The email went on to say that because many of those cultures “have experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy… we need to be mindful of this and how we express ourselves while practising yoga.”
I don’t give a fuck if your limbs don’t work and yoga is the only form of physical activity you can manage, Jimmy, or that it helps release your mind from the soul-crushing reality that you’ll never walk again or live a normal life. White people once colonized a country that yoga was really popular in. Give it up. Find a different hobby. Strap a brush to your head and paint shit, I don’t care. Yoga’s a no go.
The teacher/insensitive monster who taught the program tried to reason with the opposition. Maybe if she called it “mindful stretching” instead, everything would be ok? LOL FUCK NO.
Ms Scarf said she suggested a compromise by changing the name of the classes to suggest “mindful stretching”, but was rejected. “I think it’s easy to worry too much about accommodating everyone,” she said. “By saving one person’s feelings, we’re ruined the experience for so many others.”
Social Justice Warriors, please learn yoga. Just stretch out those politically correct bodies, then, when you’re good and limber, fuck your own faces. Thanks..
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