Military Veterans' Badminton Fundraiser Cancelled because of Cultural Appropriation

The veterans risked their lives for this nation, but whatevs.

What's better than raising money for men and women who have served their country in uniform? Bowing to the gods of political correctness, of course! That's the lesson that an American University fraternity has learned after they planned a fun event for veterans that incorporated the not-very-exciting sport of badminton.

“We were trying to plan a philanthropy event that incorporated a sport, as those typically perform much better on our campus,” explained Rocco Cimino, the president of Sigma Alpha Mu, Delta Beta. “Unfortunately, pretty much every sport we could think of was taken. We settled on badminton because we could use Migos's ‘Bad and Boujee’ as a play on words to generate buzz.” They named their event "Bad(minton) and Boujee" as a pun on the song's name, which lent a certain coolness to the otherwise unsexy event. By drawing more participants to the event, more veterans would be helped.

Campus Reform reports this event name did not go over well at American University. The frat received an email from the Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life Colin Gerker which read,  “I suspect that this event name will be criticized for the use of ‘boujee. I know it’s a colloquial term and is popular via Migos, but we have had groups get reamed for appropriating culture before related to situations like this. I want to continue empowering a culture of controversy prevention among FSL groups, and give y’all the opportunity to edit before we move forward. The event will not be approved in [AU’s database for requesting venues] until you/your group comes back with a new name.”

He suggested using names that don't mention gender, sexuality, or cultural appropriation. Even though the administration said they'd gotten many complaints about the name of the event, they didn't reveal what those complaints were to the baffled fraternity. No good deed goes unpunished, especially when delicate snowflakes might get their feelings irrationally hurt. The veterans who risked their lives for this nation now have to face the facts that American University won't even risk a complaint from their delicate students.

American University might want to consider changing the school's name too, while they're at it.

h/t National Review

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