Deep question: Is a Hump Day camel … racist?

posted at 12:01 pm on May 16, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Maybe the headline about Twitter’s hot topic this morning should read Derp question. Yesterday’s update from Campus Reform on outrageous campus outrage hits close to home, both literally and figuratively. Literally, the University of St. Thomas — an outstanding Catholic school — serves the city of St. Paul and hosts the St. Paul Seminary, where I recently completed a terrific two-year course on Catholic theology. Both schools have outstanding faculty and well-earned world-class reputations. Figuratively, I’ve been tweeting “hump day” videos on Wednesdays for months, usually from the familiar Geico commercial or remixes. Here’s my favorite:

Apparently, some killjoys among the Tommies consider this … racist?

Students at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota have cancelled an event to celebrate the end of the year after complaints that bringing a camel on campus could offend those of Middle Eastern cultures.

The “Hump Day” event, put on by the Residence Hall Association (RHA), was supposed to be “a petting zoo type of atmosphere” in which students could hang out and take photos with a live camel. According to Aaron Macke, the group’s advisor, the camel is owned by a local vendor and trained for special events.

But the event was subsequently cancelled after students took to Facebook to proclaim their concerns. The students said they were concerned about the money spent on bringing the camel to campus—around $500—and the implication that it would be racially insensitive to Middle Eastern cultures.

The Star Tribune also reported on the protest, ironically on Wednesday:

The original plan was to bring the camel to the St. Paul campus May 14 and turn the quad into “a petting zoo type of atmosphere,” Macke said. The camel, he noted, is trained for events like these and owned by a local vendor.

In fact, last December St. Thomas brought a reindeer to campus (also hired locally) for the same purpose. No protests ensued.

Macke said he’s not sure who started the Facebook page, but last week it was bristling with indignant comments. Some suggested the event was disparaging to Middle Eastern cultures, an example of animal cruelty and even environmentally unfriendly. “I think they thought the camel was coming from another part of the world,” he said, “[and] it would be bad for our carbon footprint.” Others simply objected to the cost. (Macke said the fee, about $500, was coming from a social event fund.)

This might be a perfect bookend to academic boneheadedness this week, although this one appears limited to a small number of the students rather than the school itself. We started off with Harvard claiming that a satanic black mass had nothing to do with offending Catholics, and now we have a camel from the local area being an affront to those of Middle Eastern descent just by its presence — even though the camel represents nothing more than Wednesdays. The Hump Day Camel meme started with the aforementioned Geico commercial, which also has nothing to do with the Middle East. I doubt that Geico will be pulling the commercial over this.

And why didn’t the Finnish Student Union protest the reindeer?

It would be simply amusing if not for this, emphasis mine:

“RHA’s goal in programming is to bring residents together in a fun and safe environment where all people can enjoy themselves,” RHA president Lindsay Goodwin said in a statement on RHA’s Facebook page. “It appears however, this program is dividing people and would make for an uncomfortable and possibly unsafe environment for everyone attending or providing the program. As a result, RHA has decided to cancel the event.”

“A possibly unsafe environment”? That suggests some intimidation went on at St. Thomas, and if so, the school should be looking into it. The organizer later clarified that the issue was resolved amicably, which means that they may need take a couple more communications courses.

Otherwise, this entire exercise is a joke. Camel imagery is used in many different contexts, often including one that should be very familiar to Catholics, nativity scenes. I doubt that anyone of Middle Eastern descent considers that a racist display. Sometimes a camel is … just a camel.

Oh, and … go Tommies.


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corona79 on May 16, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Figures this would be from St. Thomas

HUMP DAY!

gophergirl on May 16, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Of course it is.

Murphy9 on May 16, 2014 at 12:05 PM

It’s only racist if they had an Osama look-a-like humping the camel.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on May 16, 2014 at 12:07 PM

The students said they were concerned about the money spent on bringing the camel to campus—around $500—and the implication that it would be racially insensitive to Middle Eastern cultures.

Would a kangaroo or koala have made Aussies cry?

steebo77 on May 16, 2014 at 12:07 PM

They have jumped the shark hump.

Oh and
Bring back Joe Camel!!!!

Brat on May 16, 2014 at 12:08 PM

The perpetually outraged must be perpetually outraged.

Bitter Clinger on May 16, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Camel imagery is used in many different contexts, often including one that should be very familiar to Catholics, nativity scenes. I doubt that anyone of Middle Eastern descent considers that a racist display.

Don’t bet on it.

steebo77 on May 16, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Camels are just cool animals. And they don’t just live in the Middle East, good grief.

Now we have to be sensitive about animals???

rockmom on May 16, 2014 at 12:09 PM

It’s only racist if they had an Osama look-a-like humping the camel.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on May 16, 2014 at 12:07 PM

LOL.

I first read that as “Obama” — but either one works …

ShainS on May 16, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Evidently, these college students don’t take any evolutionary biology or historical geology classes considering that they are unaware that camels evolved in North America, and were a major part of the land fauna here up until the end of the last ice age, about 12,000 years ago; but hey go ahead and show your ignorance.

MikeHu on May 16, 2014 at 12:10 PM

You know who else used camels?

The JOOOOOOS!

Herod on May 16, 2014 at 12:11 PM

So wait, when these “tolerant” students see a camel, they automatically think “Arabs”?

And everyone else is racist?

Talk about classic liberal projection.

Herod on May 16, 2014 at 12:12 PM

The “Hump Day” event, put on by the Residence Hall Association (RHA), was supposed to be “a petting zoo type of atmosphere” in which students could hang out and take photos with a live camel.

 
So pretty much day-to-day dorm life, but with a camel.

rogerb on May 16, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I’m not a person of middle-eastern descent so maybe there’s something I’m missing, but wouldn’t it be more offensive that someone thought “camel == middle east”?

I could see if this were a ‘Middle East Appreciate Week” event and the whole thing revolved around bringing in camels. I’d be wondering why people were ignoring other contributions to math, science and culture and focusing only on an animal that plays a part in some (but certainly not all) middle eastern societies.

But this was a hump day celebration which was primarily just an excuse to bring in an animal for petting and photos.

The best part would have been if they were bringing in a Bactrian camel since those don’t even exist in the middle east.

JadeNYU on May 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM

A classic example of those who wake up every day just looking for something to be offended over so they can effect feigned outrage in order to feel good about themselves and adapt a smug attitude of self righteous moral superiority.

tommyboy on May 16, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Trick question. EVERYTHING is racist!

Maddie on May 16, 2014 at 12:17 PM

“A possibly unsafe environment”?

So, “Smoke em if ya got em” is out?

Bmore on May 16, 2014 at 12:17 PM

If the camel was strapped with a suicide vest then I would think middle east.

tommer74 on May 16, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Motto of the PC crowd must be “Don’t do anything because it might offend somebody, somewhere.”

NixTyranny on May 16, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Waht what!

melle1228 on May 16, 2014 at 12:19 PM

BTW, I didn’t realize that a camel had a race.. God, these PC idiots have jumped the shark. I can say that right, or is shark racist as well?

melle1228 on May 16, 2014 at 12:20 PM

For Arabs, depicting a camel is sexist, too, since it clearly invokes a sexually-charged stereotype… oh wait, it’s a male camel. Never mind.

Rix on May 16, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Evidence shows camels evolved in North or South America before moving into Asia via the Bering Strait.

The remaining North American camels went extinct, with their closest living relatives residing in South America in the form of llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas.

Thus, the entire objection is rooted in ignorance.

antisense on May 16, 2014 at 12:23 PM

How about a dumb Ox?

gwelf on May 16, 2014 at 12:24 PM

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/mers-mystery/camels-confirmed-source-mers-virus-n91626
Yup , there’s a connection here .

Lucano on May 16, 2014 at 12:24 PM

I am SOOO glad that I went to college in the 70s.

Back then the biggest things we had to worry about hangovers and not getting run over by streakers!

NavyMustang on May 16, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Were any of “the offended” actually middle-easterners? Or just white liberals being offended for them?

One Percenter on May 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM

BTW, I didn’t realize that a camel had a race.. God, these PC idiots have jumped the shark. I can say that right, or is shark racist as well?

melle1228 on May 16, 2014 at 12:20 PM

We’re the racists. But they’re the ones who think of some sort of muddled middle-easterners ethnic identity that’s represented by a camel.

gwelf on May 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/mers-mystery/camels-confirmed-source-mers-virus-n91626
Yup , there’s a connection here .

Lucano on May 16, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Reminds me of the punchline to the old joke: “NOOOO! You RIDE the camel into town!”

At the risk of offending anyone, I won’t go into the body of the joke.

NavyMustang on May 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Depicting an object of sexual gratification for our dear peace loving jiadists certainly must be racist.

txdoc on May 16, 2014 at 12:26 PM

OT/ but it looks like those twin Brothers that lost their HGTV show over “homophobic” remarks lost their business as well. The bank they worked with cancelled all ties with them… Ain’t it a great Country?

sandee on May 16, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Outrageously, outrageous, outrage, I tell ya’!

LastRonin on May 16, 2014 at 12:26 PM

You know who else used camels?

The JOOOOOOS!

Herod on May 16, 2014 at 12:11 PM

No no. The JOOOOOS control all the horses, leaving only the camels for the oppressed Arabs.

gwelf on May 16, 2014 at 12:27 PM

They should have invited Caleb the Camel (the GEICO camel’s name) to be the commencement speaker, and then formally disinvited him, just to be proper.

Also, it’s been a long time since I went to college, but since when do a few dozen malcontents have so much power on campus? Apparently, you need unanimous consensus to do ANYTHING at a university these days.

HornHiAceDeuce on May 16, 2014 at 12:27 PM

But they’re the ones who think of some sort of muddled middle-easterners ethnic identity that’s represented by a camel.

gwelf on May 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Yes! That floors me.

melle1228 on May 16, 2014 at 12:28 PM

This is completely speciest you camelphobes.

jukin3 on May 16, 2014 at 12:28 PM

University of St. Thomas

Read Thomas.

John the Libertarian on May 16, 2014 at 12:28 PM

In the sixties when Johnson and Humphrey were running there was an opposition campaign button that read “Johnson gets his Hump free.”

Annar on May 16, 2014 at 12:28 PM

The students said they were concerned about the money spent on bringing the camel to campus—around $500—and the implication that it would be racially insensitive to Middle Eastern cultures.

These students believe it’s racially insensitive I guess since they have been taught that everybody in Middle-Eastern cultures rides camels all the time. (/sarc)

What a bunch of idiots.

Reminds me of back in the 1980s when Dallas was on TV, and Hollywood seemed to think everybody in Texas wore a cowboy hat all the time. Same idiocy, different instance.

s1im on May 16, 2014 at 12:29 PM

For Arabs, depicting a camel is sexist, too, since it clearly invokes a sexually-charged stereotype… oh wait, it’s a male camel. Never mind.

Rix on May 16, 2014 at 12:22 PM

I thought they only preferred male camels?

LastRonin on May 16, 2014 at 12:30 PM

“A possibly unsafe environment”?

They’re known to spit? Or is that a llama?

Cleombrotus on May 16, 2014 at 12:30 PM

NavyMustang on May 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM

I think you already went into the body of the joke .
Maybe that’s why they call it hump day . ; – )

Lucano on May 16, 2014 at 12:32 PM

If you want to get technical, Middle Eastern people are indeed white, and everyone knows you can’t be racist against whites. Also, why are so many college students my age such losers and pansies?

Xanatos90 on May 16, 2014 at 12:33 PM

OT/ but it looks like those twin Brothers that lost their HGTV show over “homophobic” remarks lost their business as well. The bank they worked with cancelled all ties with them… Ain’t it a great Country?

sandee on May 16, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Reputational Risk. Any bank can drop all of your accounts at any time for any reason. When I worked at one, we often closed accounts that we thought were at risk for money laundering. A large percentage happened to be non-English speaking.

I tell you, many of those were due simply to language and cultural barriers. The lawsuits could be glorious for the right-minded lawyer.

antisense on May 16, 2014 at 12:34 PM

This reminds me of that campus protest of using Mexican and hispanic foods during a Cinco de Mayo (or some other hispanic celebration week). Can’t have tacos and tequila because that’s racially insensitive and stereotyping. Of course hispanic students were not in fact offended and did actually enjoy the food.

This smacks of “cultural elites” trying to establish new norms regardless of what the people who are supposedly offended actually think and feel (and of course these “cultural elites” engage in stereotypes in the process).

gwelf on May 16, 2014 at 12:34 PM

… depicting a camel is sexist, too, …

Rix on May 16, 2014 at 12:22 PM

I really thought the word TOE was going to appear in your comment :)

DOOF on May 16, 2014 at 12:35 PM

They’re known to spit? Or is that a llama?

Cleombrotus on May 16, 2014 at 12:30 PM

My sister was bitten by a moose.

gwelf on May 16, 2014 at 12:35 PM

oh for pete’s sake. The world is going to hell.

warmairfan on May 16, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Perhaps St. Thomas should reconsider their admission standards.
Kinda weed out those least likely to achieve anything.

TerryW on May 16, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Just give it a rest with the constant grievance politics.

libfreeordie on May 15, 2014 at 8:32 AM

AesopFan on May 16, 2014 at 12:38 PM

oh for pete’s sake. The world is going to hell.

warmairfan on May 16, 2014 at 12:36 PM

That’s Racist.

ToddPA on May 16, 2014 at 12:40 PM

I spent seven years living in Israel.. specifically, East Jerusalem. In an all Arab neighborhood, mostly Muslim. I had a ton of Arab acquaintances, and a few friends. I cannot imagine any of them being offended by having a camel on a college campus to celebrate hump day. I can imagine them being offended by someone offering them Camel cigarettes, but I think hump day celebrations like these would simply cause them to shrug their shoulders and think we’re just a bunch of crazy Americans.

Oh yeah, when tourists come to Jerusalem, and visit the Seven Arches hotel to gaze upon that most ancient city, there’s always a guy with a camel for the tourists to ride a little and take pictures with. If you’re ever there, and you see another guy ignoring all this, dressed in a traditional Arab outfit, escorting a donkey up or down the long winding road just north of the tombs, his name is Suleiman, and he’s a great guy. Tell him Rick says hello!

RockinRickOwen on May 16, 2014 at 12:42 PM

The New Left is now firmly in control of America’s academic institutions and, as such, has devolved into parody and lunacy.

How far the mighty have fallen! 50 years ago, the New Left was fighting for civil rights and against the Vietnam War. It was a (supposed) champion of free speech, assembly, dissent, and demanded ‘diversity and tolerance’ of ideas. It was the vanguard of the ‘turn on, tune in, drop out’ – ‘never trust anyone over 30′ – ‘big, intrusive government = ‘The Man’ = bad’ counterculture movement. Whether you agreed with them or not, they were pushing ‘big’ ideas. Now, the fools have been reduced to ‘micro-aggressions,’ whose very name indicates how far in ideas they have fallen, as well as how very authoritarian that they have become. It is no longer enough to push broad ideas, challenge authority, and champion the rights of individuals to live, love, and be as they so choose. No, that’s not enough. Now, they have to be involved in every part of every life and, by golly, they will not tolerate your ridicule or failure to conform.

In this case, it matters not that camels are also found in India and Australia, which is home to the largest camel herd in the entire world, because they are ‘stereotypes’ of the Middle East and CAIR, the MoFoBros, and the MSA can’t have that.

Resist We Much on May 16, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Sometimes a camel is … just a camel.

Not much of anything is what it has been with this bunch of PC sissies dictating to the masses.

School isn’t just school.
Music isn’t just music.
Sports isn’t just sports.

The list just goes on and on.

lineholder on May 16, 2014 at 12:51 PM

What a bunch of maroons

cmsinaz on May 16, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Missouri has long been home to the Missouri mule. So, Democrats you are being insensitive to Missourians by having a mule as your mascot.

Herb on May 16, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Is a Hump Day camel … racist?

I sure hope so. I hope it ruins some libtard’s day.

I wonder what else i can use to offend them.

davidk on May 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Were any of “the offended” actually middle-easterners? Or just white liberals being offended for them?

One Percenter on May 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Offended by Proxy

DOOF on May 16, 2014 at 1:01 PM

The perpetually outraged must be perpetually outraged.

what, like ed and his concern about the black mass that so successfully trolls the hell out of his religion’s idiotic liturgy?

the facts are plain as day: ed is a shameless abject hypocrite who cleaves to the x tian notion of “rules for thee, not for me”, and that he would have the audacity to continue posting on college cancellations of events that offend other people should make any consistency-minded member here sick to his stomach.

you’re a fraud, ed.

jaxisaneurophysicist on May 16, 2014 at 1:03 PM

seems the folks who are always OFFENDED are the liberals who say tolerance and diveristy.

ironic isnt it?

sniffles1999 on May 16, 2014 at 1:04 PM

The New Left is now firmly in control of America’s academic institutions and, as such, has devolved into parody and lunacy.

How far the mighty have fallen! 50 years ago, the New Left was fighting for civil rights and against the Vietnam War. It was a (supposed) champion of free speech, assembly, dissent, and demanded ‘diversity and tolerance’ of ideas. It was the vanguard of the ‘turn on, tune in, drop out’ – ‘never trust anyone over 30′ – ‘big, intrusive government = ‘The Man’ = bad’ counterculture movement. Whether you agreed with them or not, they were pushing ‘big’ ideas. Now, the fools have been reduced to ‘micro-aggressions,’ whose very name indicates how far in ideas they have fallen, as well as how very authoritarian that they have become. It is no longer enough to push broad ideas, challenge authority, and champion the rights of individuals to live, love, and be as they so choose. No, that’s not enough. Now, they have to be involved in every part of every life and, by golly, they will not tolerate your ridicule or failure to conform.

In this case, it matters not that camels are also found in India and Australia, which is home to the largest camel herd in the entire world, because they are ‘stereotypes’ of the Middle East and CAIR, the MoFoBros, and the MSA can’t have that.

Resist We Much on May 16, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Generation X
Born: 1966-1976
Coming of Age: 1988-1994

Known as the generation with the lowest voting participation rate of any generation, Gen Xers were quoted by Newsweek as “the generation that dropped out without ever turning on the news or tuning in to the social issues around them.”

davidk on May 16, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Reminds me of the punchline to the old joke: “NOOOO! You RIDE the camel into town!”

At the risk of offending anyone, I won’t go into the body of the joke.

NavyMustang on May 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Heh!! I know that joke. It’s a good one!!

Bitter Clinger on May 16, 2014 at 1:05 PM

what, like ed and his concern about the black mass that so successfully trolls the hell out of his religion’s idiotic liturgy?

the facts are plain as day: ed is a shameless abject hypocrite who cleaves to the x tian notion of “rules for thee, not for me”, and that he would have the audacity to continue posting on college cancellations of events that offend other people should make any consistency-minded member here sick to his stomach.

you’re a fraud, ed.

jaxisaneurophysicist on May 16, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Ed? Any response to this comment that you would like to make?

Bmore on May 16, 2014 at 1:09 PM

what, like ed and his concern about the black mass that so successfully trolls the hell out of his religion’s idiotic liturgy?

the facts are plain as day: ed is a shameless abject hypocrite who cleaves to the x tian notion of “rules for thee, not for me”, and that he would have the audacity to continue posting on college cancellations of events that offend other people should make any consistency-minded member here sick to his stomach.

you’re a fraud, ed.

jaxisaneurophysicist on May 16, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Wrong.

Ed was offended by the black mass because he is Catholic and it was tweaking Catholics.

Middle Easterners aren’t the ones claiming that the camel is racist. It’s lefties who think that the camel is racist towards Middle Easterners.

Bitter Clinger on May 16, 2014 at 1:09 PM

“A possibly unsafe environment”?

The only thing UNSAFE is letting THE IDIOTS dictate to everyone else.

I suggest bringing in the camel, wearing a banner:

GET A LIFE!

GarandFan on May 16, 2014 at 1:09 PM

jax didn’t get his three wishes.

We’re still not taking this thread to Cuba.

CurtZHP on May 16, 2014 at 1:10 PM

The perpetually outraged must be perpetually outraged.

what, like ed and his concern about the black mass that so successfully trolls the hell out of his religion’s idiotic liturgy?

the facts are plain as day: ed is a shameless abject hypocrite who cleaves to the x tian notion of “rules for thee, not for me”, and that he would have the audacity to continue posting on college cancellations of events that offend other people should make any consistency-minded member here sick to his stomach.

you’re a fraud, ed.

jaxisaneurophysicist on May 16, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Says the girl who is perpetually outraged.

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.~Ralph Waldo Emerson

davidk on May 16, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Sorry for the poor formatting. Please allow me a redo.

what, like ed and his concern about the black mass that so successfully trolls the hell out of his religion’s idiotic liturgy?

the facts are plain as day: ed is a shameless abject hypocrite who cleaves to the x tian notion of “rules for thee, not for me”, and that he would have the audacity to continue posting on college cancellations of events that offend other people should make any consistency-minded member here sick to his stomach.

you’re a fraud, ed.

jaxisaneurophysicist on May 16, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Ed? Any response to this comment that you would like to make?

Bmore on May 16, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Wow that really was a queer rant.

Murphy9 on May 16, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Wow that really was a queer rant.

Murphy9 on May 16, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Are you as outraged as I am? (snicker…)

CurtZHP on May 16, 2014 at 1:13 PM

For the prurient among us: http://www.ebaumsworld.com/jokes/read/80469870/

davidk on May 16, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Murphy9 on May 16, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Considering the source. Not really.

Bmore on May 16, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Wow that really was a queer rant.

Murphy9 on May 16, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Are you as outraged as I am? (snicker…)

CurtZHP on May 16, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Well. I for one am outrageously outraged.

And, Murph, you are correct; that was quite queer.

davidk on May 16, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Perhaps it’s because the presence of a camel will encourage smoking? Or someone will notice it looks like a c**k.

http://tinyurl.com/o7ew55b

(my favorite Norm MacDonald riff)

connertown on May 16, 2014 at 1:17 PM

In fact, last December St. Thomas brought a reindeer to campus (also hired locally) for the same purpose. No protests ensued.

Reindeer? Clearly this is an example of outrageous bigotry towards Santa’s elves. Although Santa, a white man who is obviously a raaaaacist exploiter of little people, is the one they should really be protesting.

AZCoyote on May 16, 2014 at 1:19 PM

For the prurient among us:

davidk on May 16, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Won’t find anyone like that around here, mister! No, we’re all Xmen, or something, who get our panties in a wad about stuff like that!

Take your preversion elsewhere, sinner!

(snort…)

CurtZHP on May 16, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Now, the fools have been reduced to ‘micro-aggressions,’ whose very name indicates how far in ideas they have fallen, as well as how very authoritarian that they have become.

Resist We Much on May 16, 2014 at 12:42 PM

I think “minro” might well refer to that which is lacking in leftwing Nancy-boys.

davidk on May 16, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Sorry Ed, but Johnnies > Tommies.

sonof1073rd on May 16, 2014 at 1:21 PM

minro/micro heh, same thing

davidk on May 16, 2014 at 1:21 PM

connertown on May 16, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Lolz! Norm!!!

Bmore on May 16, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Why don’t they find a gay camel and relabel it a ‘Celebration of the Most Holy Diversity’?

slickwillie2001 on May 16, 2014 at 1:28 PM

For the prurient among us:

davidk on May 16, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Won’t find anyone like that around here, mister! No, we’re all Xmen, or something, who get our panties in a wad about stuff like that!

Take your preversion elsewhere, sinner!

(snort…)

CurtZHP on May 16, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Content warning: https://freestylerlifestyle.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/camel-vs-elephant.jpg

davidk on May 16, 2014 at 1:28 PM

jax didn’t get his three wishes.

We’re still not taking this thread to Cuba.

CurtZHP on May 16, 2014 at 1:10 PM

A Djinni reference?

BUT THAT’S RAAAAAAAAAAAACIISSSSSSSSSSSSSSST!!!!

HikaruKitsune on May 16, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Hopefully Ed will watch the Norm / Dennis interview before answering jaxisaneurophysicist. Lolz!

Bmore on May 16, 2014 at 1:31 PM

This year the Lansing (MI) Lugnuts, a Toronto Blue Jays farm team have Humpfrey the Camel at all its Wednesday games.

bw222 on May 16, 2014 at 1:32 PM

davidk on May 16, 2014 at 1:14 PM

I read it and I laughed , then I sent it to a friend .
Do I have to mention that in the confessional ?

Lucano on May 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM

DK
Gen Xer right here…’68

cmsinaz on May 16, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Just tell everyone that you’re attempting to re-introduce the camel to the wild as part of a GreenPeace program (they all back off as soon as you say you work for greenpeace. there are so many chapters they can’t check for sure). Tell them they’re standing on a “Officially Approved Camel Environment”.

Don’t they know that for 40 million years the camel existed in Western North America? That they thrived up until 10K years ago without interference from any white, privileged, colonial types or oil wells? Have they no heart! The US deserves it’s camels back and this is the first one. IT’S PROTECTED! It might also be for the children.

Renee on May 16, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Someone out there has to go to great lengths to find something most people like (or don’t even care about) and find a way to label it “offensive.”

My advice?

Irradiate yourself with intense UV and either 1) grow cancer and die, or 2) grow a thicker skin.

What can I say? Life is hard.

Turtle317 on May 16, 2014 at 1:41 PM

The Norm/Dennis vid was classic.

Murphy9 on May 16, 2014 at 1:44 PM

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davidk on May 16, 2014 at 1:28 PM

I laughed my head off at that one. Does that make me OK with devil worship? I’m so confused! It’s an outrage!

CurtZHP on May 16, 2014 at 1:44 PM

BTW your boy jaxthe neuro physicist dropped some goode olde bombs in the MSLSD satanist thread.

Murphy9 on May 16, 2014 at 1:45 PM

BTW your boy jaxthe neuro physicist dropped some goode olde bombs in the MSLSD satanist thread.

Murphy9 on May 16, 2014 at 1:45 PM

“Word to your moms” kind of bombs?

CurtZHP on May 16, 2014 at 1:47 PM

“Middle Eastern” is not a “race.”

And race is a social construction anyway.

You kids fail at life. McDonald’s is hiring, so maybe there’s hope for you.

Good Lt on May 16, 2014 at 1:47 PM

“Word to your moms” kind of bombs?

CurtZHP on May 16, 2014 at 1:47 PM

For real though, not for play-play. Y feelin’ me?

Murphy9 on May 16, 2014 at 1:49 PM

The Hump Day Camel campaign is obviously insensitive and racist. . . but let’s see a camel find a lawyer who will represent them!

Oh, wait. I’m so wrong. There’s always Gloria Allred. Press conference with outraged lawyer and offended camel to follow. . .

IndieDogg on May 16, 2014 at 1:52 PM

For real though, not for play-play. Y feelin’ me?

Murphy9 on May 16, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Did he have more rhymes than the Bible got psalms?

CurtZHP on May 16, 2014 at 1:52 PM

“Ed, how dare you criticize apples! Last week you said that you love oranges. Either you love fruit or you hate it. This should make any consistency-minded member here sick to his stomach.”

right, because there’s such a major difference between the particulars of supporting the cancellation of an event when one’s own sensibilities are offended and rejecting the notion of succumbing to other people’s (inadmissible) sensibilities.

obviously the inflamed passions around this event are much more farcical than ms hirsi ali’s recission or even the black mass, but there’s no question that the particulars are exactly the same: someone has been offended, so we need to (1) make fun of them, if they are not like us; or (2) vociferously support them and call for the censorship of the offensive material, if they are like us.

that’s not conservative. that’s ms effing nbc. on the very same day that this hypocrite invokes, of all things, hate speech — bogeyman of craven liberals everywhere that used to be rightfully recognised by conservatives as nothing more than a high-horse attempt to police speech and thought — to describe the black mass he was so happy to see cancelled, he has the audacity to return in a few hours to rejecting the cancellation of campus events for the offence some may feel at their presence.

sorry, i’m not buying it. as for you x tians, inconsistency, hypocrisy, and rules-for-thee-not-for-me mentality are of course par for your course, so i’m not surprised to see “conservatives” rushing to ed’s defence, tut-tutting the black mass as an absolutely indefensible breach of decorum and polity.

but as for me, i’ll stick to my principles. in a world full of liberals and x tians, they’re about the only thing i am still allowed to have.

Ed was offended by the black mass because he is Catholic and it was tweaking Catholics.

Middle Easterners aren’t the ones claiming that the camel is racist. It’s lefties who think that the camel is racist towards Middle Easterners.

…seriously?

suddenly you are happy to abandon the so-called “conservative” (but we really know it’s just libertarian, as you hypocrites are making blatantly clear) battle against speech and thought policing because catholics are offended when people troll their cultish weekly magic ritual. when a member of the “targeted” group is outraged, then clamoring for cancellation is free game.

so!

don’t publish muhammad cartoons — obviously muslims were outraged about that debacle.

don’t invite ayaan hirsi ali for a university honour for her crusade against the violent subjugation of women under sharia — the CAIR was in fits of apoplexy.

be sure not to publish for public consumption any opinions against marriage equality — homosexuals obviously take deep offence to that sort of thing.

definitely don’t invite any republicans to speak anywhere on campus — good supercilious liberal students everywhere have practised the outrage at “endorsing” republican ideas down to an artform.

and…don’t bring camels to hump day, because any fool will realise with a bit of thought that it would be no chore at all to drudge up a person of middle-eastern descent who would be happy to register his outrage at this atrocity of insensitivity.

ed and all who supported his crusade to get the black mass removed from harvard have jumped the shark willingly in service of your own self-centric hypocrisy. you no longer have claim on any intellectually honest right to protest any of the examples offered above.

just to make it clear, you are explicitly supporting someone’s right to call for private speech to be censored by entities supposedly dedicated to open discourse — universities! — when their own group is offended. i’ll repeat your own words here for what i hope to be your disbelief:

Ed was offended by the black mass because he is Catholic and it was tweaking Catholics.

so it’s perfectly ok for conservatives to jump on the “hate-speech” train and clamour for cancellations of events that are “offensive” when those events are offensive to them. got it. it’s hard to keep up with your x tian rules sometimes, seeing as how blatantly self-contradictory they are.

let’s be clear: all of you are perfectly fine with censorship on college campuses when it’s your ilk who are being offended. it’s only when other people are being offended that it’s suddenly time to take back up arms against the inexorable encroachment of the homogeneity of speech and thought.

pathetic and despicable.

jaxisaneurophysicist on May 16, 2014 at 1:59 PM

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