Allegedly racist Alpha Phi sorority recruitment video
This story is in the NY Times.
The video was disavowed by the University of Alabama, saying it “is not reflective of UA’s expectations for student organizations to be responsible digital citizens.”
I watched a bunch of sorority recruitment videos. This is a genre of video that, until today, I was completely unaware it even existed.
This video is better than most, but is typical of the genre and is in no way original. Scenes like girls waving, dancing, cavorting, carrying each other, bubbles, lying on the grass, blowing glitter, have all been done before. Girls wearing skimpy clothing is common in these videos.
It’s not the only sorority recruitment video where the girls are 100% white, and I have yet to see a black girl in any of the videos. Some sororities have one or two Asian girls or one or two girls who might be Hispanic.
The only thing that stands out here is that Alpha Phi at the University of Alabama has a higher percentage of blondes than any other sorority. My conclusion, therefore, is that their blondeness is what’s racist.
For more information about the video, read this interview with the young man who directed the video. “I wish they left it on Youtube. By deleting the video it made the criticism seem legitimate and made it seem like something was actually wrong with the video.” Dude, it’s wrong to have a video with so many blondes. Don’t you know that?