SCU’s Brian Kesten plans student forum on Heckler, campus satire
From the December Heckler
“Why is the only context for discussing race found in humor or satire at Georgetown? Why does so much satire at Georgetown target victims of hate crimes, discrimination, sexual assault or injustice?”
Those questions will be the subject of a forum to be held tomorrow night in the ICC at 8:30 p.m., which Student Commission on Unity Founder Brian Kesten (COL ’10) has organized in response to the latest issue of the satirical student-run Georgetown Heckler—which lampooned The Hoya in light of its controversial 2009 April Fools’ Issue, the Black Student Alliance—and other campus satire. Here’s the Facebook event.
“Possible topics may include: articulating the problem, discussing what should change, deciding what we should do now and next semester,” the event description said.
In addition to the articles mentioned above, Kesten provided links to two other Heckler articles: “It’s not a hate crime if you love doing it,” a satirical op-ed by a fictional bigoted student, and “Take Back the Night concedes to Georgetown Cuddler in Solemn Surrender Ceremony,” which references the suspected serial sex offender known as the “Georgetown Cuddler” and Take Back the Night, an annual sexual assault awareness rally at Georgetown.
Kesten and many SCU members were involved in the overwhelming student response to the 2009 Hoya April Fools’ Issue, which many students charged contained stereotypes and content offensive to minorities and made light of sexual assault.