Thanks to Blake Neff of the Daily Caller, the world knows the name of “Shrieking Girl” — the Yale student caught on video on Nov. 5 screaming profanities at the professor in charge of her college (Silliman College) for his refusal to apologize for failing to protect her from offensive Halloween costumes. Her name is Jerelyn Luther.
In a followup article, Neff explains that Ms. Luther is just one among a horde of cry-bullies at Yale who are now demanding that Yale make reparation for Halloween, by giving them $8 million and firing the college master at whom Ms.Luther shrieked, among other things.
Also thanks largely to Neff, who linked to it in his article, this blogger’s compilation video on “Shrieking Girl” (which includes critical footage, starting at 4:10, which would have been lost if Daniel Page had not saved it before it was censored by Yale) now has more than 15,000 views. Glenn Reynolds and Robert Stacy McCain were also instrumental in publicizing the compilation video. (To help, retweet this.)
So we know who “Shrieking Girl” is, and what she did. But why did she do it?
Unless Ms. Luther soon issues a statement explaining (and perhaps apologizing for) her actions, eventually this blogger expects to publish a biographical music video on Ms. Luther exploring elements of her background which may explain, at least in part, her meltdown about not feeling safe at an elite liberal university like Yale.
But it is not too soon for a music video about the specific topic addressed by Ms. Luther in her tirade against the college master: that he had created an “unsafe space” at the college through an Oct. 30 e-mail stating that students should feel free to wear whatever Halloween costumes they pleased, even costumes that might offend others.
This e-mail, defending students’ right to express themselves as they wished, rebuked the e-mail sent on Oct. 29 by thirteen politically correct, diverse bureaucrats at Yale’s “Intercultural Affairs Council,” dictating proper Halloween costumes.
What has not been understood until now is how the Oct. 30 e-mail directly altered events on the ground, on Oct. 31, which in turn apparently triggered Ms. Luther’s Nov. 5 outburst against her college head about her need to feel “safe” from Halloween costumes.
You see, each year Silliman College holds a Halloween costume contest. And this year, angry at university bureaucrats’ Oct. 29 attempt to dictate what costumes they could wear, and emboldened by the Oct. 30 e-mail approved by the college master saying that they could wear whatever they damn pleased, students at the college came out in droves wearing the most offensive costumes they could come up with. In other words, they decided to stick it to the man, and send a message to university bureaucrats that they will not be dictated to. They decided to punch back twice as hard.
And the results were glorious to behold. Apparently it was this display of offensive Halloween costumes, which Ms. Luther was forced to witness, that caused Ms. Luther not to feel safe in her own college, given her fear of offensive Halloween costumes. In other words, the trauma of seeing these offensive Halloween costumes in her own college apparently lead to her meltdown on Nov. 5, in which she shrieked to her college master about her fear of Halloween costumes.
A mere theory? No. Photos of the offensive Halloween costumes which so disturbed Ms. Luther are publicly accessible in an album on Silliman College’s official Facebook page (a few more photos are on its unofficial Facebook page).
The photos of the offensive Halloween costumes worn by Silliman College students who refused to be dictated to made for an informative and entertaining music video. Credits are listed in the YouTube detail. Enjoy!
Oh! Almost forgot:
TRIGGER WARNING: This video contains images of Halloween costumes that may offend Social Justice Warriors. If you are a Social Justice Warrior, do not watch this video. Retreat to your “safe space.” Try to forget that someone made a video about offensive Halloween costumes.