Archive for November, 2005

That’s No Drug-taking, Boozed-up Deviant, That’s Just a Brown Undergraduate

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

What do you call the Brown University Queer Alliance’s annual Sex Power God Party that sent some 20 students to Providence hospitals and a dozen more to Brown’s Health Services?

Well, if you’re David Greene, Brown’s vice president of Campus Life, you call it “troubling. ”In fact, you say it was so “troubling” that you are going to review university policies to discover whether “any rules were broken or not.” (Spinspeak translation: Parents, alumni and big donors, be not concerned. We’re on the case.)

Presumably, Greene will find helpful in his review the nationally-televised pictures of several hundred nearly naked gay and heterosexual undergraduates writhing drunkenly Saturday night about Brown’s historic Sayles Hall. He may also want to check on reports of “several fistfights in the campus green and gunshots fired on the streets” after a Brown fraternity party the previous evening.

Meantime, the Brown Undergraduate Council of Students is “offended” at Fox’s “lack of respect for the privacy of Brown students” and passed a resolution “Calling for Accurate Coverage of the Students of Brown University by The O’Reilly Factor and Fox News Channel.”

Among the “troubling” matters on the Fox telecast to which the resolution demands an apology is the report that hospitalized students were treated for drug overdoses of ecstasy.

Le Spin Continues

Friday, November 11th, 2005

Not unexpectedly, as Muslim arsonists continued to burn down cities throughout France, the government plunged further into linguistic antics to deny identifying the enemy.

The Muslims, since so many are young second and third generation immigrants, are now widely referred to in the French media and by government officials and their flacks as “French youths.” Possibly Huguenots, oui? Hard to say.

Meantime, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy is being blamed by the “French youths” and the government for the continued rioting for insisting on calling the “French youths” thugs and scum.

Le Spin a la Francaise

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

While embattled French police have been fighting with rioters for more than a week in Muslim-dominated suburbs of Paris, the French government has been fighting over what to call the rioters who are busy hurling Molotov cocktails.

Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who is in charge of putting down violent disturbances, says the rioters are “thugs” and “scum.”President Jacques Chirac says the law must be enforced, of course, but “in a spirit of dialogue and respect.”

Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin says “let’s avoid stigmatizing areas…let’s treat petty crime differently to major crime.”

“I talk with real words,” M. Sarkozy responds. “When someone shoots at policemen, he’s not just a ‘youth,’ he’s a lout, full stop.”

But heaven forefend that anyone call the rioters “Muslims.”