What sucks: Tombs trivia’s most offensive team names

Or, “The most shameful Tombs trivia team names that the Georgetown community should be ashamed of but probably isn’t.” But that wouldn’t fit in the title. Either way, today we present to you Vox‘s newest feature, designed to celebrate the lowest common denominator of Hoya humor as exemplified by the most stellar team names juniors and seniors selected for Monday night Tombs trivia.

So, without further tongue-clicking:

The winner: No means yes, and yes means anal. Among the high forms of comedy—satire, parody, irony—cracks at rape surely rank as the highest.

Second place: Number of stairs I kicked my girlfriend down when she told me she was pregnant. The lily-livered, PC wimp seated beside me said he hoped that this was a seriously misguided reference to Gone With the Wind. Psssh! If there’s a joke about relationship abuse that isn’t funny, I haven’t heard it.

Runners up: Will someone please change the channel from women’s basketball. Capitally hilarious, especially since the Georgetown women’s basketball team sadly, yet inevitably, lost during the NCAA tournament. Number of guys you have to blow to be a Miller Lite girl. A winning compliment to the hosts of the game, Bud Light. More like Gay-daffi. It’s funny because … gay!

If I missed a real zinger, please share in the comments. And until next week, Hoya Saxa!

94 Comments on “What sucks: Tombs trivia’s most offensive team names

  1. I’m excited for this new section because it will create a competition to make the most ridiculous and terribly offensive names. Good job Vox. (this is not sarcastic in any way. This is the best weekly section that vox has done in my time here. We work hard to come up with creative names each week and it’s time our genius was recognized.)

  2. What sucks more: Molly Redden’s sense of humor

  3. Yeah seriously Molly, when will you realize that jokes about rape, involuntary abortion, women being bad at sports, women using sex to get jobs, and equations of homosexuality with bad or lame things are not only uproariously hilarious but also amongst the most unique contributions to the history of comedy since, I don’t know, EVER. Go make me a sammich.

  4. it’s funny that vox is now giving a dizz about political correctness.

  5. Thanks for maintaining the unique atmosphere that makes you such a great Georgetown institution.

  6. There’s absolutely nothing offensive about that first runner-up’s name.

  7. the belly laughs on Monday nights are sooooo worth the un-PC and ribald team nomenclature

  8. Definitely with NGM here. These team names are offensive. They normalize these horrible attitudes to perpetrators, and must make past victims of sexual abuse extremely uncomfortable. Especially when something like 1 in 4 women have been victims of sexual abuse, hearing references to rape, forced abortion, and exploitation, followed by laughter, etc. only serves to make an extremely gut-wrenching, emotional subject worse.

    And blah, this isn’t about political correctness. This isn’t about soothing egos, or minimizing uncomfortable differences. This is about the very real men and women who have suffered abuse, some of whom are friends are mine, that these team names trivialize and reduce to comedy.

  9. Wanna get PC? Change your website’s banner from that FUCKING ORANGE SNEAKER STEPPING ON THE UNIVERSITY SEAL.

  10. Good Lord people, lighten up. Look at this from an outside point of view: It’s a bunch of drunk people on a Monday night in a restaurant basement answering bullsh** pop culture questions. It’s not a forum on human rights. The girl running this thing has her boobs popping out of her shirt and some of the music played is probably more offensive than these team names. Here’s a novel idea: If you don’t like how crass it is, stop whining, and DON’T COME!

  11. Is stepping on the seal un-pc? Nothing makes for a good comment like a non sequitur. Keeping bringing the heat, dude.

  12. @Doug The team names may or may not be offensive, but either way that’s life. Babying these “friends” of yours isn’t going to make reality outside the Georgetown bubble any easier on them. The pussification of America is a popular trend but the backlash has to start somewhere. I’m not going to nominate Tombs but it’s good to know some people don’t want us all to walk around with football helmets on and earplugs in.

    P.S. The team names aren’t offensive.

  13. I agree with the above post, but I gotta say the Gay-daffi one is lame. I know as a closeted guy it would be kinda hurtful hearing that every time they announced points.

  14. @Yeah, but…

    So, the only one you think is offensive is the one having to do with you? As an out gay guy, I think that’s pretty vile. If you had more than a thimbleful of empathy, you would find the rest offensive as well.

  15. +1. I’m glad there are other people at Georgetown who recognize the reality of life. The bastion of liberal bullshit being promoted on this website only serves to further jade readers into thinking “this” is how the rest of the world works.

  16. Can everyone just shut the heck up??!

  17. Your justification for acting like a dick is basically, there are bad people in the world, so it’s ok to behave badly. You’re not helping America–you’re just an asshole.

  18. Not that it matters or anything, but it seemed pretty obvious that the \No means Yes\ team was about 27 years old in average age. No way they were undergraduates.

  19. Definitely think these are funny, if they weren’t then people wouldn’t laugh. I think we are marginalizing the participants artistic merit and the creativity that goes into making such serious and offensive things so hilarious. I highly doubt that the participants of “Number of stairs I kicked my girlfriend down when said she was pregnant” find the action actually acceptable (because we all know there are more effective means of preventing pregnancy!).

  20. @F (me) I am in no way condoning sexual assault, rape or discrimination of any type. I am only asking people to realize that it happens and it is an inescapable fact of reality. Stop defining your friends who have experienced these things as victims and treat them like real members of society who can handle some creative humor and aren’t in need of your pity. Furthermore, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in Tombs on a Monday night who actually believes their team name so suck it up.

    @ Plan B Exactly. I’m not about to go kicking pregnant women down stairs as a means of abortion. But there’s no reason why we can’t collectively laugh at the people who do find that acceptable. They are obviously less intelligent than we are and should be ridiculed as such. :)

  21. Won’t somebody please think of the children!

  22. If I cared what you have to say, I’d take my dick out of your mouth.

  23. I am really interested in this topic because the Tombs is such a cool place to go to.

  24. @the other side of the coin:
    I believe you when you say no one explicitly agrees with the sentiments expressed in the team names. My issue however, is that turning these types of extremely traumatic experiences into a joke, when there are very good odds that someone in the audience has gone through these kinds of experiences or something similar, creates a whole lot of issues that I would never wish on anyone. Telling people to just get over it and laugh at it denies the very real pain that’s often still there.

    I’m not asking everyone to change their name to “God loves you.” I’m just saying that team names that try to turn rape, abuse, and exploitation into a joke can be very hurtful, intentionally or not, to a large number of people.

  25. i actually really appreciated this. a lot of georgetown students have lived pretty sheltered, privileged lives and have no idea what the real world is like beyond the hilltop, or their typical enclaves. its not a matter of politically correct, we could put that label on anything and dismiss it as silly people being sensitive. but hey, lets start calling rape victims silly! if you were raped, how would you feel? or gay? or abused in a relationship? I think you can safely say that there are people at georgetown who have suffered or been ostracized like that, and more beyond the hilltop. so to those coming up with these names – you are contributing to a hateful and punishing environment for people who aren’t straight white men. stop it.

  26. “I am in no way condoning sexual assault, rape or discrimination of any type. I am only asking people to realize that it happens and it is an inescapable fact of reality.”

    You know why rape is “an inescapable fact of reality”? Because we live in a rape culture—a culture that, for instance, views jokes about rape and sexual assault and the subjugation of women as “creative humor.” There is nothing inevitable about rape and sexual assault—these things are products of a culture that promotes an extremely misogynistic breed of masculinity, condones systematic sexism, and refuses to acknowledge women as full human beings rather than objects. So yes, by condoning/promoting these kinds of jokes, you are condoning/promoting rape culture.

    So, to you and your straight white male privilege, I say: FUCK YOU.

  27. Deadspin’s rules come to mind: “First, be funny. Second, do not not be funny. Third, don’t be a fucking idiot.” It seems like those names fell into all three categories.

    Some of the names at trivia have a comic value in a Gilbert Gottfried, shock humor way. Laughing at those jokes doesn’t make you a misogynistic douchebag because the mindset that writes the team names ends with the writing of the team names. Georgetown “should feel ashamed” when one of its students pushes his pregnant girlfriend down the stairs, not when someone makes an off-color remark at a bar on Monday night. Let the amateur comics have their 20 seconds of fame, and fuck the haters if they can’t take a joke.

  28. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and advocate for our rape culture, the subjugation of women as “creative humor,” systematic sexism, and straight white male privilege.

    Who’s with me?

  29. Guess what? I’m a queer female survivor of both rape and relationship abuse and I go to Georgetown. In fact, I experienced both rape and relationship abuse as a student at our fine university at the hands of fellow students, so don’t tell ME we’re in some sort of liberal utopia PC wimpfied bubble. Those guys were the same ones that hung out at the Tombs for trivia a few years ago and would have been regarded by the commentariat here as awesome bros. Every time you laugh at a joke that condones this kind of shit, even if you would never do something like it yourself, you are giving that guy who would do it your implicit support. Trust me.

    Keep kicking ass and pointing out bullshit, Molly.

  30. @Matt, agreed. I don’t think the tomb’s trivia names are anything more than a joke regardless of their (at times) idiocy and “offensiveness”. For example: “Gay-daffi” is not offensive. It’s just dumb. Joke fail.

    @@other side of the coin, Just because an individual is typically in the majority and has “straight white male privilege” (which I am not denying exists in many circumstances), doesn’t mean that there aren’t constantly offensive things said towards those individuals as well. Straight white males can also be in the minority in many other situations, so to your insensitivity i say fuck you.

    Also, when people make fun of me or something about my person, character, or experience I’ve had, I don’t get all wound up about it. There are terrible things in life that happen to people, but it shouldn’t restrict people from talking about or referencing it, even in a comedic fashion. A lot of people are short, something they can’t control, something that is a part of them, does that mean we can’t make jokes about midgets? I feel like if you’re a midget (or just short) and you can’t laugh at or at least just dismiss a joke about it (even a dumb one) then you have bigger problems. (Yes, rape and abuse is different than being short, but work with me on the connection here)

  31. a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

  32. It has nothing to do with hurting people’s feelings or being politically incorrect. All of you who are defending these \jokes\ are condoning a culture of violence against women. You all may not be rapists, but you’re supporting the culture that allows rapists to get away with rape. Misogyny is not a \fact of life.\ We can change the culture when we call people out on their bullshit. This is fucking bullshit.

    I’m embarrassed, and frankly frightened, to be your classmate.

  33. akakakakakakakakakakakakakaka

  34. Yes, you should be so frightened and embarrassed of people who can have a sense of humor. No one is condoning any of these things you’re saying. While culture has marginalized many of these issues, intentionally comedic efforts such as trivia team names at the Tombs in no way promote, condone, support, or engender an atmosphere of acceptance of these behaviors. I’d like to think that groups of Georgetown students above the age of 21 understand that the names are purely for humorous purposes and no one actually takes any value away from them. I’d like to think we are mature enough for that.

  35. Do you really think that because these people are 21 and understand that these are not behaviors to condone, that it makes it ok? No one would have made a racist team name about slavery because a/ it wouldn’t be funny, b/ it would be offensive and c/ they’d get the crap beat out of them. There aren’t the same attitudes surrounding racism as there should be around sexism, and this is a perfect example of this complete lack of disregard. Even if they thought that the team names were ok, I will give these people the benefit of the doubt and say that they wouldn’t have made these same jokes directly to the face of people they knew had gone through rape, forced abortion or domestic abuse. The fact that they did make those trivializing jokes in public probably shows they think the world they live in is completely devoid of these things, and that surely not a single person inside Tombs at that moment would be personally offended. They might think that these are \terrible things in life that happen to people\ and these are \inescapable facts of reality\, but they need to understand that these are \terrible things\ that people face right here on campus in their immediate reality, including to their friends and family–and that they are doing absolutely nothing to help stop it by making jokes about it, in public (or private).

  36. “You know why rape is “an inescapable fact of reality”? Because we live in a rape culture—a culture that, for instance, views jokes about rape and sexual assault and the subjugation of women as “creative humor.” There is nothing inevitable about rape and sexual assault—these things are products of a culture that promotes an extremely misogynistic breed of masculinity, condones systematic sexism, and refuses to acknowledge women as full human beings rather than objects. So yes, by condoning/promoting these kinds of jokes, you are condoning/promoting rape culture.

    So, to you and your straight white male privilege, I say: FUCK YOU.”

    I’d say this is patently false. Rape is more a byproduct of our animalistic tendencies (using force to mate) than a product of our culture. I think sometimes people forget that we are animals.

    So, to you and your human privilege, I say: Fuck you and learn some real science as opposed to the pseudo-science called “Social Science.”

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  38. If you’re offended, don’t show up. And in the meantime, shut he f*** up

  39. Most of these aren’t particularly funny, but I see nothing wrong with the Miller Lite girl one. In this case, the subject of the mocking can just as easily be seen to be Miller Lite, which hires women to do nothing but be attractive, party, and paint Miller Lite logos on their naked breasts.

  40. @Straight White Male: We’re not talking about a hypothetical situation where straight white dudes are in the minority and being subject to “constantly offensive” jokes. We’re talking about the reality of Georgetown students considering it hilarious to make jokes targeting rape victims, women, and gays. I didn’t say “fuck straight white males” (although, full disclosure, I do often fuck straight males—sometimes even white ones!); I said “fuck straight white male privilege”—which hinges on the inability to recognize problems as legitimate if they don’t apply to said straight white dudes, something you seem to have a healthy dose of yourself.

    @oh please: What you’re talking about is evolutionary psychology, which draws from (among other fields) anthropology and sociology—which are, gasp, social sciences. I assume you’re taking your cues from books like “A Natural History of Rape.” Those kinds of theories are by no means uncontested—for a good analysis check out http://www.jstor.org/pss/1290397 or http://www.salon.com/books/feature/2000/02/29/rape/print.html

    Without getting too bogged down in the scholarly back and forth, though, on a very basic level it makes no sense to say culture doesn’t have an impact on rape and sexual assault. Because if culture played no role in encouraging rape and it was solely an evolutionary adaptation, the rate of rape around the world to be fairly constant, which it is not.

  41. @oh please

    Please do this campus a favor and reveal your real name so that everyone in your immediate vicinity can get the fuck away from you. Good god man, do you fucking attack people on the street because they looked at your food? I think you’re the one who should probably back away from the “pseudo-science” and stop making generalized claims about the entire human race based on a Discovery Channel special you saw once on duck mating. When we talk about a culture which accepts and condones rape, we are talking specifically about you and your bullshit “well animals do it and you can’t stop a man when he wants something right hehhehehheh” attitude. For anyone who think feminists hate men, look to this guy for the real man-haters. Men are predisposed to rape? Shit, I really don’t want to live in your world or in your gender, so I’ll just be in my nice “pseudo-scientific” “I think men don’t naturally sexually assault 25% of the female population and we can change” box.

    -Rex

    PS Again, please stay away from me and anyone I know. I can’t afford to get rabies this time in the year.

  42. I’m intrigued by the competing rape joke comparisons that showed up in the comments above. On the one hand, you have someone defending our right to joke about rape because bad things happen in life—like being unusually short.

    “A lot of people are short, something they can’t control, something that is a part of them, does that mean we can’t make jokes about midgets? I feel like if you’re a midget (or just short) and you can’t laugh at or at least just dismiss a joke about it (even a dumb one) then you have bigger problems. (Yes, rape and abuse is different than being short, but work with me on the connection here)”

    On the other hand, you’ve got someone saying that rape jokes are like racist jokes.

    “No one would have made a racist team name about slavery because a/ it wouldn’t be funny, b/ it would be offensive and c/ they’d get the crap beat out of them.”

    Let’s think about that first one. That commenter does the “yeah, I realized being raped is not like being short” song and dance, but to him or her, there’s still a relevant connection. What is that connection, exactly? Sometimes, bad things just happen to people, like being short, and that’s life. So … sometimes you’re going to get raped, and that’s life? Or maybe his or her argument is, sometimes, someone is going to make fun of something that stings you personally, but their comments are generally going to be considered funny, and that’s life? I’d say the sting of being made fun of for being short is different than the sting of having someone make light of an experience that is traumatic, scarring, and socially stigmatized.

    There is no connection between jokes about being short and jokes about rape. Someone who is short doesn’t go through the the fear and pain of having to tell their new boyfriend that as an undergrad, they were raped, so they’re going to have to take it slow. Or tell their parents that they suffered sexual assault. Or go to a trauma counselor because they were assaulted. Or go through two rounds of invasive STD testing because they were raped. Or have serious issues whenever they meet strangers after the fact. Short jokes? Are you fucking kidding me?

    Rape jokes are like racist jokes. They hurt because they reference something real and horrible. When a black person hears the ‘N’ word, they may recall that they have a direct ancestor who was lynched. They may recall that thanks to two hundred years of racism, they’re going to meet people all their lives who don’t take them seriously as job candidates or neighbors. They may have been called that word before, and hearing it may remind them that people in this world use language like that to make them feel like dirt.

    Racism is not the same as rape. But both come with a serious dose of pain. Being made fun of for being short? not so much.

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