Thursday, November 7, 2019

Snowflakes Down South

Trump is expected to show up at the game between Alabama and LSU on Saturday, so the student government is taking all the necessary precautions to insure that the Dear Leader is met with fawning adoration.  Y’see, it’s perfectly okay to mock liberals and the “politically correct,” but when it comes to expressing your negative feelings about Trump, well, oh my, get the smelling salts and fainting couch, Melanie.

The Student Government Association at the University of Alabama is warning groups that protesting President Trump during the Tide’s Saturday game vs. LSU could result in loss of reserved seating for the remainder of the season.

A letter from Jason Rothfarb, vice president of Student Affairs, said additional security will be in Bryant Denny’s student section during the Saturday afternoon football game. President Trump is expected to be in the audience.

Disruptive protests against the president will have consequences, Rothfarb wrote.

“Any organizations that engage in disruptive behavior during the game will be removed from block seating instantly for the remainder of the season,” he wrote.

After the expected push-back from folks who believe in the First Amendment, a follow-up statement was issued.

Jason Rothfarb, vice president for Student Affairs for University of Alabama SGA, issued a follow-up statement regarding his previous email related to disruptions during the Alabama/LSU football game. The email was published via social media:

“Some have misinterpreted my comment regarding “disruptive behavior.” As with other games this season, Organization’s Block Seating locations will be clearly marked, but at certain times, other students can and should have access to open seats. By disruptive behavior, we are asking students to be respectful to all students and staff and avoid altercations.

My email has nothing do with anyone’s First Amendment rights and I am sorry for any confusion. Please express yourself and especially your pride for the Tide.”

Rothfarb’s comments come after a letter was sent to block seat groups warning that “Any organizations that engage in disruptive behavior during the game will be removed from block seating instantly for the remainder of the season.”

It’s been a while since I’ve been to a college football game, but it wasn’t exactly like watching Wimbledon no matter who was in the stands.

Speak!