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Entire Audience at Slur-Laden Ole Miss 'Laramie Project' Performance Told to Attend LGBT Dialogue Session

Laramie Project

This is why we can't have nice things.

On Thursday we reported that a group of University of Mississippi students decided to disrupt a performance of "The Laramie Project" with mocking laughter and gay slurs. Since no one specific troublemaker or set of troublemakers could be identified, everyone has to suffer the penalties.

The school's Bias Incident Response Team reports that nobody gave names or accused specific students of misbehaving during "The Laramie Project" [...] [E]very student in the Oct. 1 audience will have to attend an "educational dialogue session" led by faculty and Allies.

While it was suspected that the disruption was led by a group of about 20 football players, no evidence has surfaced to prove the claim. The darkness of the theater made it difficult to identify individuals, and variations in the claims of volume and frequency of the disruptions has further muddied the waters.

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  1. Smart move. Ever since the Duke Lacrosse thing, people are a little more wary of immediately assuming that athletes are always as bad as the stereotype. To accuse someone of something extremely awful should require extremely good evidence, and it sounds like it just isn't there. Making everyone attend is the way to go.

    Posted by: Yeek | Oct 6, 2013 5:48:05 PM

  2. Good decision!

    Posted by: DumbNHung | Oct 6, 2013 6:00:26 PM

  3. '...nobody gave names or accused specific students of misbehaving...' Nobody? Really? Cowards. I read somewhere that some footballers claimed they didn't know why they should apologize. I'm curious to see how the "educational dialogue session" goes down. I wonder if the press will be allowed to attend. Btw, 'This is why we can't have nice things' made me smile. Sad, but funny.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Oct 6, 2013 6:28:56 PM

  4. How can you re-educate those who can not be educated in the first place? Of course there was not going to be any punishment, they're football players. Ole Miss is a joke school, a backup for those who can't get into community college.

    Posted by: Terry | Oct 6, 2013 7:18:25 PM

  5. Smart move. Ever since the Duke Lacrosse thing, ....


    You have to understand that the academics don't believe that the lacrosse players were actually innocent. In liberal academia, one is required to believe that an accusation is sufficient as long as it's against a white male or group of white males.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Oct 6, 2013 7:39:02 PM

  6. Terry, that is a freaking lie and you know it! Mississippi has 13 junior colleges loaded with students who are unable to get in to this school. Ole Miss has produce more Rhodes Scholars, if you even know what that is, than the University of Notre Dame and the same number as the University of Michigan. It is a school offering Phi Beta Kappa membership to top graduates, again if you know what that means. Degrading and immature comments such as yours only show your lack of intelligence and, yes, bigotry!

    Posted by: Ed P. | Oct 6, 2013 7:49:06 PM

  7. Terrible. Punish everyone for the actions of a few. Most of the people there are already allies; why else would they be attending the play? Now they're going to be subjected to some dull lecture which will change nobody's mind if they're homophobic, anyway? It's clear the school thought they had to do something, so this garbage is it.

    Posted by: Ryan | Oct 6, 2013 8:11:56 PM

  8. For once it would be nice if those who had anti-gay views would grow a pair and not scurry for the nearest shadow whenever they're called out on their beliefs.

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 6, 2013 8:20:05 PM

  9. How do they know who attended the performance? There is no mention of a roster of attendees so you can easily believe that 70%, if not more, will say they were never there.

    The entire university student body should be required to attend an "educational dialogue session" led by faculty and Allies. Not just a handful, not just a few, but punish the entire student body.

    The acts should never happen again.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Oct 6, 2013 8:30:18 PM

  10. Telling people to attend a dialogue won't achieve anything positive. It simply breeds resentment.

    Posted by: Adrenan P | Oct 6, 2013 8:32:01 PM

  11. @Ryan -"Terrible. Punish everyone for the actions of a few..." Yes, unless those so called 'allies' want to step forward and identify those who caused the bigoted disruption. Listen, we ALL have a responsibility here - allies and non-allies and if you're gay and you were there in support of the play then open your GD mouth and name those who disrupted and defamed the play. If you can't or won't do that then expect to attend an educational dialogue session of your responsibility as a citizen and attendee of University Miss.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Oct 6, 2013 8:33:38 PM

  12. It's football in the deep south! Enough said!

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 6, 2013 8:41:18 PM

  13. When I was pretty young I was in Mississippi working on a project way back in 1988. I was surprised that most of the people I spoke with wanted to know what I thought of Mississippi. I'd tell them I only just arrived so have no idea. They meant what had I heard about Mississippi, or what did my friends and I discuss when we talked about Mississippi or the south in general. I told them my friends and I spoke about Mississippi about as much as we talked about North Dakota....and that wasn't very much. THey were convinced that everyone outside of the south viewed them as ignorant, racist people who hadn't progressed much since the 60s. And you know what? I found they were right. While a good portion of the people were wonderful, there was a pervasive attitude that blacks and whites just don't mix and I won't even get into the why's of their thinking. Here it is 25 years later...TWENTY-FIVE FREAKING YEARS LATER and you know what? I'm so sorry to say, maybe a lot of them are ignorant, racisit people who havne't grown much since the 60s.

    Posted by: Secret Identity | Oct 6, 2013 8:50:49 PM

  14. That won't help! You can't command people to attend sensitivity training. Doesn't anybody see why this doesn't work?

    Posted by: Chaz | Oct 6, 2013 9:06:40 PM

  15. I was going to reply to Terry, but Ed. P. did a pretty good job. Since I work here, attend school here, and am openly gay I can help clarify a few things. First of all, the cast asked that those involved not be punished, but educated. Secondly to purchase a ticket, they get your email address and student ID if a student, so there is a list of students who attended. Lastly, I am one of the co-leaders of the Allies program and will most likely be involved in the educational dialogue session. We have some very good people on campus who are trained to lead dialogue session on this and other topics.

    Getting back to Terry, the point of a university is to educate.

    Posted by: Kevin | Oct 6, 2013 9:07:25 PM

  16. @Kevin: the problem with this approach is that decent people will simply not go to performances if they think they will end up having to waste time in some "educational dialog session" as the session might end up being held the evening before an important exam. Why take the risk?

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 6, 2013 9:33:25 PM

  17. part of the problem with places like ole miss is the pervasiveness of proselytizing christian groups on campus. they provide moral cover for this nonsense with christian right groupthink. ole miss needs some atheist push back.

    Posted by: woody | Oct 6, 2013 9:45:53 PM

  18. It seems obvious that the 25 football tools were doing this. To get group name calling and mock laughter happening, there has to be a unified group in the audience (a unified group of freshman footballers). I think we all know that these guys were NOT going to attend this play on their own and be excited about it. Enough evidence to suspend them.

    Posted by: jonvincent | Oct 6, 2013 9:52:55 PM

  19. They didn't force everyone to attend re-education sessions even in Stalin's Russia. Although perhaps only there were no emails back then.

    Posted by: AG | Oct 6, 2013 10:15:48 PM

  20. It's a PR stunt...pure and simple.
    A way to be able to say we're doing something about this, while not actually doing anything worthwhile.

    A waste of everyone's time.

    Posted by: Tony | Oct 6, 2013 11:04:15 PM

  21. Told? You don't tell people what to do. Queers are getting out of hand. Not good at all. What are you defending? Dry humping?

    Posted by: Jay | Oct 6, 2013 11:34:42 PM

  22. Gays have gone mad. This generation is FU----.

    Posted by: Dean | Oct 6, 2013 11:36:40 PM

  23. What I question; ...How does the University's administration have the compelling-authority to issue such as diktat? "Do this or you're expelled?"

    I'm puzzled....

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Oct 6, 2013 11:57:04 PM

  24. your bitter old age awaits you

    Posted by: jaker | Oct 7, 2013 1:04:49 AM

  25. @dean

    Posted by: jaker | Oct 7, 2013 1:05:11 AM

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