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 Posted: 2013-02-21 01:19 am
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I am a faculty member of the Media Arts Department in the School of Communication and the Arts at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

In 2011, a student produced music video that focuses on 3 types of "weird roommates"--a gay roommate, a hooker and a nazi--was screened publicly at the student award ceremony known as The Silver Fox Awards and given an award for "Best Music Video". The music video has since been featured on the department's website and is listed in the Marist Media youtube channel. Furthermore, students in the video wear identifiable Marist College apparel.

The music video, in short, equates being gay with being a hooker and a nazi.

The video is in clear violation of Marist College's school policy on harassment, and New York State law and the Human rights act, all of which protect citizens against harassment based on sexual orientation.

Heated internal faculty disputes have resulted in no action taken in the removal of this video from the school's website.

The Media Arts department head has been aware of this video for over a year. The dean of the School of Communication is also aware of this video and has not taken any action to remedy this situation.

In light of recent events at Rutgers University with the suicide of a student who was ridiculed for being gay, I think this is a very serious matter.

The music video in question can be viewed here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vLqUDg896U&feature=youtu.be

To read about the award show:
http://www.marist.edu/commarts/mediaarts/silverfox/

The 2011 Award Show featuring the link to the video from the Marist College Page can be viewed here under the "Best Music Video" category:
http://www.marist.edu/commarts/mediaarts/silverfox/silverfox2011.html

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