A Columbia University sorority has come under attack following an Olympics themed beer pong tournament that many students said invoked offensive cultural stereotypes to portray various nationalities, including people from Mexico, Ireland, and Japan.
Student newspaper the Columbia Daily Spectator first reported the offensive pictures, two of which showed members of Kappa Alpha Theta dressed as Mexicans in sombreros and fake mustaches, with the caption “Mi famila Mexicana!”. Another photo had a female student representing Ireland while wearing a sign that said “Kiss me, I’m a famined potato.”
Here’s one of the pictures of the “Mexican” team:
Bwog, a student run Columbia news blog, posted more images from the event, including one showing “Team Japan,” who were wearing “high stockings, pigtails, and chopsticks in their hair, and [putting] up peace signs for the camera.”
Columbia Panhellenic Association, which governs the school’s sororities, apologized for the pictures in a statement to the Spectator, and said they would work to address the situation:
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