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Update (10/18): On Oct. 15, Clemson’s student-run newspaper, The Tiger News, published “Fiesta Fiasco,” an article by Matthew Stapleton (a sophomore majoring in English), identifying Mitzi Gamez as the author of a tweet attacking Clemson’s “Maximum Mexican” food event as mocking Mexican culture — four days after Badger Pundit outed Ms. Gamez as the author (in this post).
Mr. Stapleton perhaps deserves an award for “Least Astute Journalist” in America, because his article totally missed the real story here — the evidence discussed in this post that: (1) the outrage by Ms. Gamez was totally fake (as on two prior occasions she has supported the use of sombreros in Mexican-themed events); and (2) the outrage was totally hypocritical, as Ms. Gamez herself has routinely mocked people based on their race, gender, and sexual orientation, on multiple occasions.The simplest research by Mr. Stapleton would have turned up this evidence, given that the below blog post turns up in the top 10 results of a Google search for “Mitzi Gamez“!
Update 2 (10/22, 10 p.m.): This post, and the embedded video, finally went viral in the past day (video views exploded tenfold, from less to 300 to now over 3,400), following Katherine Timpf’s National Review post and Total Frat Move‘s post. Shortly after this story’s focus on Mitzi Gamez went viral nationally, an organization at Clemson — Cultural Ambassadors of Clemson University — yesterday announced (linking to the video) that “because of the reactions people had” to Maximum Mexican Night ” across the country,” the organization “is going to host an impromptu panel/dialogue called Fiesta Fiasco Panel,” apparently in the next two weeks.
EXCLUSIVE — Please credit Badger Pundit
On the morning of October 9, Peter Hasson of Campus Reform broke the story of a student at Clemson University who had successfully bullied Clemson into apologizing for serving Mexican food (with servers wearing sombreros) by tweeting: “Our culture isn’t a costume and we will not be mocked!”
(This is apparently part of the “We’re a culture not a costume” campaign by radical activists who ostensibly believe that those “who choose culturally stereotypical costumes are unknowingly mocking other cultures.”)
The Clemson student wasn’t identified in the Campus Reform article. Shortly after the article appeared, the student deleted the tweet.
It appears that none of the other outlets which have covered the story — most notably, Daily Caller, Breitbart, Blaze, and the Washington Times — captured a screenshot of the student’s tweet, know the student’s Twitter handle, or have any other clue as to the student’s identity.
The identity of the student is important because, as President Obama has emphasized in speeches, bullying is wrong — and plainly this student bullied Clemson into apologizing for serving Mexican food (with servers wearing sombreros) by claiming that Clemson was thereby mocking Mexican culture.
No matter how ridiculous the charge, Clemson had no choice but to cave into such bullying. As the National Review‘s Kathrine Timpf explained in a Fox News television interview on this incident, in today’s culture on campus:
All it takes is for one or two people to whine, and they’re automatically right. If they just say, “Oh, this is offensive, this is racist,” that’s the ultimate argument. They have power over everything.
This student’s bullying of Clemson forced Clemson to apologize for serving Mexican food, which its students very much enjoyed, even though the voluminous comments posted under Clemson’s apology (both on Facebook and on Twitter) reveal that no one agrees with this student’s criticism. Clearly this student must be held accountable.
Fortunately this blogger captured a screenshot of the student’s tweet, which is preserved for posterity here. Although the student’s name is not listed on the Twitter account, she was readily identifiable though a Google search of her Twitter handle (@mitzig00), which turned up other social-media sites on which she’d used the same handle and also listed her name. She is:
Her Facebook page states that she’s from Guadalajara, Mexico,
Her Linkedin page identifies her as a junior at Clemson who is co-president of its Latinos Unidos chapter, whose mission is to “unify Clemson’s diverse Latino student body . . . through cultural celebrations” and other means.
Last but not least, here’s a video featuring part of Katherine Timpf’s appearance on Fox News, and screenshots from Mitzi Gamez’s tweets showing that: (1) Gamez does not, in fact, find it implicitly mocking of Mexican culture, or otherwise offensive, for people to wear sombreros at a Mexican-themed event; and (2) Gamez’s objection is, in any event, hypocritical because she herself regularly, and explicitly, mocks people based on their race, gender, and sexual orientation, among other characteristics. Enjoy!
(Extended version (tacking on extra 1 & 1/2 minutes of excerpts from a 2013 video by Mitzi Gamez) here.)
Bonus (10/11, 9:45 p.m.). Further evidence that Mitzi Gamez was insincere in claiming that Clemson “mocked” her culture by having Mexican food served by people wearing sombreros can be found on the Facebook page of the student organization she runs (Latinos Unidos), which last year advertised a social event using this image: