University Catching Flack For Offering Counseling Over Halloween Costumes

Scary float in their 2016 Homecoming parade.

The University of Florida announced in a blog post Monday, October 10 that they will be offering counseling for anyone who is offended by a Halloween costume, and warned students to think about their choices of costumes and themes so it doesn’t harm anyone.

Lastly, the University declared that “The Bias Education and Response Team at the University of Florida is able to respond to any reported incidents of bias, to educate those that were involved, and to provide support by connecting those that were impacted to the appropriate services and resources.”

By the way, this is a university whose mascot is an alligator.

They are getting pounded for it on their Facebook page.   Here are just a few samples:

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Larry: “I would like to report a biased Halloween costume. The Gator mascot is offensive and culturally insensitive.”

Gabriel: “And number one for biggest crybabys seriously your gonna offer counseling to those offended by Halloween hahaha its a fake costume wtf”

John: “Just read about your Halloween costume clinic for those who might be scared or offended by costumes. What is this place, a kindergarten?”

Doug: “24/7 counseling available for mental trauma caused by Halloween outfits? Man, but this current young generation is the largest group of losers to ever come down the pike. SJW’s suck, full stop.”

Rodney: “Don’t they have costumed people walking around in Florida’s Disney World? Too offensive nowadays for Gators. Time to close it down I guess.”

Chris:  “LMMFAOROTF “COSTUME COUNSELING” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA”

Thomas: “I’m gonna dress as Bill Clinton and proclaim that Trump is innocent of all accusations just to make your heads explode.”

Terri: “Oh, GIVE ME A BREAK!!! College students getting “offended” over a COSTUME???????  This is officially the most PUSSIFIED society of all time.”

Travis: “If your counseling doesn’t solely consist of an adult slapping these petunias across the face and telling them to GROW UP then you are part of the problem.”

Nat: “As a gator graduate I am very disappointed that UF had to warn students to go to safe spaces because of a Halloween Costume! I am embarrassed at such liberal drivel and I am concerned that the creeping issues of Political Correctness is ultimately going to be the death of this nation. These views by UF fosters mental disorders of out of control liberalism. Shame on you UF!!!”

Brett: “People … dressed in costumes? Ah! I need therapy! Safe Spaces! Trigger warnings! Don’t you realise how oppressive and terrifying those are?”

Johnny:  “RUH ROH ,,,, Band Uniforms might be construed as being Costumes that would be considered Triggers or MicroAggressive for offended by everyone Snowflakes.”

Eddie really let them have it: “Although most of what transpires at UF I can tolerate, but after hearing about “University Policy” related to Halloween costumes, I am ashamed of my affiliation with my alma mater. If Halloween has to be confined by the lies of PC boundaries because perhaps you think college age kids either 1) have not the common decency to choose “appropriate”costumes or 2) are too thin skinned and fragile to deal concepts that “great minds” deem too scary or offensive for them, perhaps you should simply BAN Halloween. Be sure to have counseling for those easily “offended” (by things that DO happen in the real world) and/or set up “safe spaces” for those fearful of of such things. Good grief, college is a time and a place for growth, especially mentally and emotionally (I will omit spiritually since that is taboo in America’s colleges) instead of withdrawal into a societal “womb”. I am deeply saddened by what universities have become, and even more so, by the lack of courage and conviction of standing for fundamental values by my own UF.”

From the Gator Times:

October brings fall weather and Halloween. If you choose to participate in Halloween activities, we encourage you to think about your choices of costumes and themes. Some Halloween costumes reinforce stereotypes of particular races, genders, cultures, or religions. Regardless of intent, these costumes can perpetuate negative stereotypes, causing harm and offense to groups of people. Also, keep in mind that social media posts can have a long-term impact on your personal and professional reputation. The University of Florida’s Division of Student Affairs Diversity and Social Justice Statement reminds us that UF fosters a community that values and respects diversity. An inclusive definition of diversity recognizes the variety of personal and social experiences that make individuals and communities different from one another.

As a community, we aspire to demonstrate integrity, respect, and compassion that strives to maintain an affirming campus climate for all members of our community. If you are troubled by an incident that does occur, please know that there are many resources available. Please take advantage of the 7 day a week presence of the U Matter, We Care program at the University of Florida by emailing [email protected] Additionally, there is a 24/7 counselor in the Counseling and Wellness Center available to speak by phone at 352-392-1575. Lastly, the Bias Education and Response Team at the University of Florida is able to respond to any reported incidents of bias, to educate those that were involved, and to provide support by connecting those that were impacted to the appropriate services and resources. You may submit a bias incident report at www.umatter.ufl.edu/stopbias.Thank you for being mindful of these values, and have a fun and safe Halloween.

Scary gators in the 2016 Homecoming parade

Scary gators in the 2016 Homecoming parade.

Someone may have needed counseling after watching the 2016 Homecoming parade.

Someone may have needed counseling after watching the 2016 Homecoming parade.







 

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