Where does mocking a campus massacre rank on the offensive joke scale? You’ve got to think it’s way past your standard, off-color “too soon” joke and somewhere in the same neighborhood as a 9/11 or Pearl Harbor punchline. Wherever it falls on the hierarchy of inappropriate jokes, it’s clearly across the “Yeah, let’s keep that one in our back pocket” line. It’s just amazing that, among a group of college-educated young men, not one spoke up and said, “Guys, maybe we shouldn’t hang this thing up. You know, because it’s kinda fucked up.”
The sign was hung before the LSU-Kent State football on Saturday.
The massacre the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity was referring to is of course the 1970 incident on the campus of Kent State, when troops with the Ohio National Guard opened fire on a group of protesting students, an estimated 2,000 of them. Four students were killed.
From NBC News 33:
“I love my Tigers, but this is inappropriate,” a viewer said after submitting a picture to the NBC33 News room.
The sign reads, “Getting massacred is nothing new to Kent St.” It was hanging over the entrance to the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, which is located on West Lakeshore Drive.
And picking on lowly Kent State? Poor form, guys.
To their credit, the chapter apologized later with a new sign:
[via NBC News 33]
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