First thing is first. I want to comment on the USC sex on top of WPH situation which I am calling DrunkGate. I am not going to get into a crazy amount of detail (although it’s really difficult not to), instead, I am asking the participants to let me interview them as I feel they may be getting misrepresented. It is totally possible they were working on their respective theses, both entitled “You Can Do More Than Land Helicopters on Top of Buildings: A Love Story”.
All things considered, while this has become a national phenomenon, it’s important to make sure everyone understands out there, whether you find the story appalling or hilarious, that while it is better than being an-Alexandra Wallace-UCLA-racist, it’s not a good thing to flaunt sexual activities on a rooftop because the internet is watching. Just on principle, it’s probably better to just be sneaky about public sex, like the rest of us. That way, you are being sneaky in a fun way, not a way that gets your school, your frat or sorority and your personal name in trouble. Who wants to get in trouble for sex? Get in trouble for showing up to a dinner with UCLA students with bear blood on your chin and then slapping the waiter in the face and sending back your porterhouse for being overcooked, then leaving the bill for the UCLA kids to pick up. Second thought, don’t eat with Bruins.
It was initially easy to view the events as arrogant as all hell, so I felt like I should support it. Blatant disregard for common decency, not unlike some of Kiffin’s outfit choices. Then, upon further review, after all the hell it’s put our greek system and university through, I changed my mind (not the part of my mind that finds the pictures hilarious, but the other parts). I changed my mind because in some small way (not small according to the size of the black box censorship graphics), this was inviting more people to sanction us for something. We don’t need a two-front war. Ask the Germans in any war. It doesn’t work. We’re here to drop the NCAA. That’s where it ends.
We all probably support kids having a good time in college, I know I do, just not at the expense of USC or the Greek system.
It’s a fine line between arrogance and asking for it. I have to figure that out every time I get drunk in the proximity of a bear. That said, a discerning eye for the crude is important. It is not arrogant to objectify women or perpetuate the stereotype that frat guys act like this regularly. We also kill bears and land big jobs and start families, things that all this negative press doesn’t help.
To sum it all up, our defiance of the NCAA is arrogant because everyone knows they are wrong (anyone see Real Sports this week on HBO?). The problem with blatantly having sex on a roof is that it is not legal, so I wouldn’t suggest that anymore than drinking and driving or robbing a 7-11.
It’s more arrogant to be a behind-closed-doors person because behind-closed-doors, it could have been anything. When it’s on a roof, we all pretty much know what’s up and then maybe someone gets arrested for something meant to be enjoyed. My best wishes to the school and IFC dealing with the issue and promoting an environment of respect and behind-closed-doors arrogance, at least in this area. It’s a big task, but given some of the quotes I’ve read, the school and IFC are doing a great job trying to limit the story, address the issue and let us get back to waiting for a judgement on Sanctions (which I expect to be the best comedy of the summer) and preparing to kill bears on the football field.
When it comes to beer pong during tailgating, sorry USC, that arrogance needs to be deregulated. You’ll hear from me in August.
Onto an equally arousing subject (for me at least), many of you noticed USC’s new football commercial. One big giant shout out to Arrogant Nation for perpetuating my feelings on Kiffin’s visors, which I promise you influenced this amazing commercial. The way Kiffin says “It’s Game Day” makes me want to shower and party at the same time. It’s complicated. It’s so vintage Kiffinesque I don’t know what to do. Make no mistake though Arrogant Nation, our voice is being heard.