“Help, help! I’m being repressed!”

| February 24, 2009

As you may (or may) not be aware, a group of students took over a student food court at NYU and issued a list of demands. Gawker gives this brave, revolutionary effort the sensitive, thoughtful treatment it deserves:

Brothers and sisters of the proletariat, you must at this very moment drop your bacon egg and cheese wraps and rush down to the Marketplace at Kimmel Center, where a dashing group of Zapata-like freedom fighters has seized control of everything from the Yolato frozen yogurt stand to Cafe Spice’s spicy Thai cuisine area. The group of attractive young sexually available rebels is called Take Back NYU!, and their real live demands include:

1. Full legal and disciplinary amnesty for all parties involved in the occupation.

[Ed. note: why do these occupiers always start off with amnesty? Really, is that the NUMBER ONE thing you’re fighting for? Because if so you could have just stayed home, problem solved.]

2. Full compensation for all employees whose jobs were disrupted during the course of the occupation.
[Blah blah more transparency from NYU about budgets, etc…]
9. That annual scholarships be provided for thirteen Palestinian students, starting with the 2009/2010 academic year. These scholarships will include funding for books, housing, meals and travel expenses.
10. That the university donate all excess supplies and materials in an effort to rebuild the University of Gaza.

Well, the revolution was finally crushed by frank brutality carried out by corporate stooges. However, at great personal risk, the following video of the final moments of the revolution was made, smuggled out, and then posted to the interwebz as an inspiritation to freedom fighters everwhere (NOTE: this is a real video, and these are real college students speaking real words that they apparently believe are real; as Dave Barry would say, I am not making this up, and neither are these people):

Of course, I was immediately reminded of this:

Seriously. The NYU video looks and sounds like something from Monty Python or the Onion, except that these people are real and serious.

And, apparently, profoundly clueless.

Personally, I blame the 60’s-nostaligc boomers.┬áHat tip to the Volokh Conspiracy. ..bruce w..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at bwebster@bfwa.com, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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