We had to destroy the media in order to save it, sir.

25 02 2010

If you haven’t heard of the “Compton Cookout”, you probably haven’t been near the Internet in the past week.

The event’s invitation down by UC San Diego urged male party-goers to dress in white T-shirts and “urban” clothes, with women encouraged to wear gold teeth, cheap weaves, nappy hair, use a “very limited vocabulary” and “start fights and drama.”

But the controversy didn’t stop there.

The editor-in-chief of the student newspaper The Koala (NSFW), Kris Gregorian, used a racial slur during a live television program about the event which triggered a quick response by Associated Students of UC San Diego President Utsav Gupta.

He froze all student media funding. Not just for The Koala—he froze it for all 33 student media organizations on campus.

According to him, the current system is hurting students, and doesn’t serve the collective interest.

We’ve tried, throughout this year, to redo [the media guidelines], and essentially not fund [the Koala],” he said at an impromptu meeting, according to the UC San Diego student newspaper the Guardian. “I don’t know if it’ll get rid of them, but on the part of A.S., we can defund them — we absolutely can defund them, and I believe we must defund them.”

The idea, of course, is that it’s legal to freeze the funding because it’s not singling out The Koala.

Which, of course, is like taking a flamethrower to your garden to get rid of pests.

I won’t apologize for The Koala. It’s juvenile and quite frankly, it isn’t funny. The writers seem to be angling for their shot at writing American Pie…whatever number it is now.

That doesn’t give Gupta an excuse to kill off all the funding for organizations that had nothing to do with the incident. While he says it’s a temporary freeze, it doesn’t look like the money will be restored this semester, essentially killing the programs for the rest of the year.

I wonder if that wasn’t his intention.

It’s easy to suppress dissent when you control your critics’ purse strings.

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