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Arizona State is politely reminding its student body not to wear black face-paint to its annual “blackout game” against Colorado on Saturday because it is an “inclusive and forward-thinking university.”
*Insert South Park PC Police GIF here*
From ASU Athletics:
As an inclusive and forward-thinking university, it is important for us to foster an environment in which everyone feels safe and accepted. Therefore, we discourage the use of face paint at any event, whether the theme is black, maroon, gold or white, and ask our fans to show their Sun Devil Pride in other ways.
We look forward to working with all of Sun Devil Nation on continuing to show our support in ways that all of us can appreciate and embrace.
I know what you’re thinking: face-paint is inherently racist so of course this is a problem. I mean, you are painting your body a different color to support your football team which is absolutely all about racial injustice!
Well, forgive me for being ignorant, but I remember a time when painting your face for a “blackout game” wasn’t about race at all. It was about creating a raucous environment and creating an edge for your football team. Oh, I see now. That is racist. My mistake.
Perhaps ASU should move to an ambiguous gray and white color scheme as to not offend anyone with its uniforms. Also, “Sun Devils?” Some of us aren’t religious and would prefer a more wholesome name at a public university, please.
ASU won’t punish fans for wearing face-paint, but it will shame you for not being a forward-thinking member of society. Come on — grow up. The world is evolving, man. This is bigger than football.
Enjoy your blackout game on Saturday, ASU fans. It won’t be long before that’s taken away, too.
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