“Some members of the class of 2021 exchanged memes that mocked rape, the Holocaust and abusing children.”
The Harvard Crimson reports that at least 10 students have had their offers of admission revoked after posting offensive memes on an incoming freshmen Facebook messaging group. The posts were often racist and violent in nature. Nicknamed “Harvard Memes for Horny Bourgeois Teens,” the group chat was created by members of the 2021 class as on offshoot of the official freshman page Harvard created. Among the posts in the group were memes that made fun of sexual assault, child abuse, and made light of anti-semitism and the Holocaust. According to screenshots obtained by The Crimson, several messages joked that they found “abusing children was sexually arousing.” One post in particular referred to the hypothetical hanging of a Mexican child as “piñata time.”
The group started innocently enough with about 100 students starting the group to share pop-culture memes and messages back in December. But, upon hearing of the offensive memes in mid-April, Harvard officials repealed the admission of several students, a move which Harvard has previously said is final.
An interview with an anonymous student, who claims to be one of the students whose admission was rescinded, revealed that Harvard asked students who were found guilty of sending these memes to send Harvard all of the memes they had ever shared in the chat and explain why they had done so. They were also asked to not attend the “accepted students day” at the end of April. Shortly after, at least 10 students were told their offer of admission had been rescinded.
According to The Crimson, this isn’t the first time something like this has happened. The class of 2020 received a strongly-worded letter of disapproval when some members were found making racist jokes and mocking feminism. Perhaps taking back admission offers will curb this behavior from incoming freshmen in the future and make students think twice about their online presence.
[H/T] SF Gate