March 11, 2017

Stranger than fiction: Stormtrooper costume ban exposes ignorance of Princeton grads

David MenziesMission Specialist

Is Star Wars too intense for some of the kids on campus these days? Yes I’m talking about that mega-profitable Disney franchise featuring Ewoks, Jedi Knights and Jar Jar Binks.

Apparently the answer is yes, because certain elements of Star Wars can be “triggering” to some of those special snowflakes according to hyper-politically-correct gatekeepers at Princeton University.

In June, Princeton’s graduating class of 2012 will gather for a Star Wars themed five year reunion with attendees encouraged to dress up as their favourite Star Wars character.

Ah, but not so fast!

The rules committee responsible for organizing the reunion decided to ban Stormtrooper costumes when some graduates complained that the fictional soldiers from the Star Wars universe kinda sorta put them in mind of Nazi-era German stormtroopers from 80 years ago.

A code of conduct update was sent out to those graduates of the Class of 2012 stating:

“A few of our classmates reached out expressing concerns over our choice to use Stormtroopers as our costume inspiration. We have been informed of the origin of this word and its connections to early- to mid-20th century Germany. This is something neither we nor anyone on your Reunion Committee were aware of, but something we take very seriously. Tonight we made the unanimous decision to remove these costumes.”

But, what’s more shocking? Banning costumes from the realm of science fiction or Princeton graduates stating in writing that while they were aware of something called Star Wars they weren’t aware of a conflict called the Second World War?

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commented 2017-03-13 20:49:36 -0400
Dressing as a German stormtrooper would trigger fewer people than the Star Wars version. I’d dress as Hitler dressed as Darth Vader.
commented 2017-03-12 01:25:59 -0500
Allan Peterson the scary part is that stage 1 takes the longest by far, 2 and especially 3 can happen so quickly that many do not realize it until it is far too late.
commented 2017-03-11 19:36:22 -0500
Why are adult reunions costume parties, anyway?
commented 2017-03-11 18:50:31 -0500
Yes, Drew, it is “soft” tyranny. Not the cops kicking in your door and arresting you but “naming and shaming” with the future threat of the cops kicking in your door. This is stage one. M-103 is stage 2 and stage 3 is, well… third strike.
commented 2017-03-11 18:33:31 -0500
I view political correctness as akin to tyranny and it is enforced by their own version of stormtroopers, so they should not be able to express themselves either.
commented 2017-03-11 18:32:25 -0500
Really boggles the mind, i guess dressing like a fictional Star Wars character is akin to the Nazis, but telling others how to express themselves is not?
commented 2017-03-11 14:03:12 -0500
Ironically, i’ll bet they don’t even know who Marx, Lenin, Stalin Pol Pot and Mao were. I know, I know they sure know who Castro and Che Guevara were. Those two dudes who starred in those old stoner movies from the 70’s.
commented 2017-03-11 12:04:52 -0500
Princeton Graduate at job Interview:
Interviewer: Do you know how to use a broom?
Graduate: Umm no sir , but I’m sure I could learn.
Interviewer: Do you know how to flip burgers?
Graduate: Is FLIP a new software program Sir?
Interviewer: Do you know what a fascist is?
Graduate: No sir, but I was taught to call everyone a fascist that disagrees with me.
Interviewer: Awesome , we have a job for you at the DNC , welcome aboard.
commented 2017-03-11 11:50:57 -0500
Gerry Fladager, , Don’t ask a Princeton student that question because none of them have been taught how to count.
commented 2017-03-11 11:38:17 -0500
Marxist Mind Control, the brain washing starts in Junior Grade School.

Justin Trudeau is a good example of the results, which are the same as Brain Dead.
commented 2017-03-11 11:34:39 -0500
Next week something else will trigger them; then offend them; then spark an episode of outrage…followed by a protest or march to quell what triggered them in the first place! Endless supply of triggers if you are looking for them.
commented 2017-03-11 11:14:31 -0500
Well, thanks for letting the cat out of the bag, Stephen. Now we’ll have to make reparations to Germany for making them afraid 100 years ago. We will also have to endure Trudeau’s bogus gravitas as wrings his hands on behalf of all Canadians. Nice move.
commented 2017-03-11 10:17:13 -0500
I wonder how many young people realize the name " Storm Trooper " actually was given to the Canadians in 1917 in the battle of Passchendaele by the German army!!!!
commented 2017-03-11 10:08:15 -0500
How many Marxists proffs does Princeton have????
commented 2017-03-11 10:08:15 -0500
How many Marxists proffs does Princeton have????
commented 2017-03-11 10:01:37 -0500
yet another example of some people who are educated beyond their intelligence…so sad…