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It turns out not even Harry Potter is safe from the wrath of dorm-living social justice warriors. A student on the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse campus was so distraught after seeing a before-and-after mural of Neville Longbottom that he reached out to the university’s “Hate Response Team.” This, quite clearly, was a crisis that needed their attention ASAP.
From Heat Street:
The mural, in the Laux Residence Hall, depicts Neville Longbottom, a character from the Harry Potter films. The nerdy Neville was played by actor Matthew Lewis, who blossomed into a notable hunk post-puberty. The mural shows him as both a geeky boy and an attractive young man — transformed, according to the mural’s caption, by a stay at the Laux Residence Hall itself.
The depiction of this metamorphosis ‘represents our ideal society and everything I am trying to fight against,’ wrote the offended student, whose name is redacted. ‘It represents white power. Man power. Cis power. Able power. Class power. ECT [sic] ect. I am angry that I know the people who put this mural up, and I am anger [sic] because I know the people who let this mural be put up. Like I said earlier, maybe I am being a little sensitive, but it is how I feel. This represents, to me, our society, and I do not want it up on this wall. Why do we need a BEFORE and AFTER?’
Sorry, snowflake, but I think your complaint gave me AIDS.
If you’re getting triggered by a before-and-after painting of a geeky actor turned Hollywood hunk, then you’ve got bigger problems to deal with. I’m sorry to break it to you, but Neville Longbottom does not represent white power. He represents Gryffindor… I think. I don’t know, honestly. Never read the books or watched the movies, but I’ve heard that’s a Harry Potter dorm thingy.
Actor Matthew Lewis isn’t even that big of a name in Hollywood. The mural is, I’m guessing, supposed to convey that anyone who joins the dorm is probably an ugly piece of shit, but after a semester in Laux they will blossom into a beautiful butterfly or something. There’s actually a must faster way for that to happen, though: alcohol. Just watch the commercials. Three beers makes you as attractive as grown-up Matthew Lewis. Thank you, science.
According to Heat Street, the complaint was filed back in April. The mural is still up despite the student’s complaint, so score one for Gryffindor. Also, score one for the able white alpha males with class power. Expecto patronum, bitches..
[via Heat Street]