The Associated Students of Linfield College (ASLC) apologized for any offensive material in the Mr. and Ms. Linfield pageant in last week’s Letter-to-the-Editor.
“ASLC decided to issue a public apology because some students and faculty were upset by some specific content of Mr. and Ms. Linfield,” said Nic Miles, ASLC club director.
“We just wanted to give an overall apology,” ASLC President Rachel Coffey said.
What offended people wasn’t contained in one skit, but was “a combination of all the events,” Coffey said.
Some content of the pageant was considered offensive, even though the content was previewed beforehand.
“We previewed as much content as we could in the time available,” Miles said.
Coffey, however, was not able to preview the content.
While it is admirable that ASLC apologized for the offensive material, we think that it should have confronted the people responsible for crude material during the preview, preventing an apology in the first place.
However, ASLC shouldn’t be exclusively blamed for the performances during the pageant.
The students who prepared the skits are the ones who are truly responsible.
While these students surely didn’t mean to offend anyone and were probably only after a few laughs, it is important to keep in mind who you are representing onstage and who your audience is.
Not only were these students representing themselves onstage, but they were representing their respective sororities and fraternities.
It is important to represent oneself and one’s organization well.
Therefore, it is necessary to be mindful of what material is appropriate to include in a school skit.
Not only were students in the audience, but faculty members and parents, as well.
While some jokes may be appropriate with friends, would the same jokes be appropriate around parents?
This is not to say that the entire Mr. and Ms. Linfield pageant was offensive.
On the contrary, most of the material was appropriate. Unfortunately, it is often a small number of issues that create problems for everyone else.
For this reason, it is necessary to stop and think about what kind of show is being performed and who the audience is.
Also, thoroughly previewing material before a show may be appropriate.
Someone may not realize that their material is inappropriate for the show and by addressing the person directly, backlash from his or her performance can be prevented.
By simply keeping one’s audience and production in mind, Linfield can avoid any future problems during events.
Remember to stay classy, Wildcats!
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