A new parody YouTube video has been released in response to Oberlin College’s protests of Christina Hoff Sommers, claiming to be by ‘the Oberlin College Choir.’
The video parodies the behavior of the campus students in retaliation to the speaker Sommers, while referencing other protests around the country.
In particular, they make fun of one safe space event involving Play-Doh and videos of calming puppies to help people handle the triggering speakers.
The video plays satirical lyrics like “If I ever meet the real world/I don’t know what I’ll do.” That sentiment is repeated often throughout the song, with “I once heard about the real world/where people can be mean/where there are competitions (what’s a competition?)/that don’t give trophies when you leave.”
The video scrolls the names of those who signed a petition against Sommers speaking at the university in the background, providing their name and school rank where available. The petition was called “Love Letter to Ourselves,” and created an alternate safe space to the Sommers event.
In the background, the Oberlin logo has been replaced with “Feels before realz,” behind the scrolling names.
The video is posted by an account called HotelEarth, which has various other videos posted – not the account of an Oberlin choir. It has been confirmed that this parody is by an actual group of Oberlin students, while not the work of any official university choir.
The makers of this video conveniently forgot to place trigger warnings on their work, as well.
In contrast, Michelle Obama visited Oberlin College on May 25th to give a commencement speech, and no safe spaces or other places to retreat were in the works. Michelle, in her own way, said that safe spaces were not the answer either.
The first lady speculated that many might wish to retreat from conflict, working with their friends on things they care about, which was a sentiment she said she understood.
“In fact, I sometimes have that instinct myself. Run!” she said.
It is also, she said, an impulse they should avoid.
“Today I want to suggest that if you truly wish to carry on the Oberlin legacy of service and social justice, then you need to run to and not away from the noise,” she said. “Today, I want to urge you to actively seek out the most contentious, polarized, gridlocked places you can find because so often throughout our history, those have been the places where progress really happens.”
Hopefully Michelle’s speech will inspire closeted university students to stop hiding from dissenting views and to expose themselves to the discourse from the other side of the aisle.