Volume 93, Issue 84

Thursday, March 9, 2000


OPINIONS

Guns stop tyrannous governments

Beauty is in the eye of beholder

Not all fun and games at local bar

Not all fun and games at local bar



To the Editor:

I would like to comment on the lack of maturity my friends and I witnessed this weekend at a local London bar.

A young man, with a mental disability, was encouraged to get up on a table and dance. I see nothing wrong with this situation, as he seemed to be having a great time. However, the part that disturbs me was the grade-school behavior of the people around, ridiculing him.

The situation escalated when girls got up to grind with him and on-lookers encouraged him to slap their asses. One could argue they were just having a "good time," but rather, it appeared as though they were making a spectacle of him. I can't comprehend how people who consider themselves adults could act so childish.

I think the many snickers tossed around in the distasteful display that night is something every participant should be ashamed of.

If this was your idea of making him feel accepted, it was not achieved. I think that many people still need to learn how to treat others as equal, putting aside any sort of prejudice. Ridiculing and laughing at someone is definitely not the way.

Carrie Clancy
Media, Information and Technoculture and Visual Arts III



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