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.
That's terrible...makes me glad that at my college everyone is very accepting of their fellow students and nobody would mock someone's sexual orientation.
They aren't even good singers, I don't understand how that won an award.
I understand that in general, New York is one of the more LGBT-friendly states, alongside California. I have doubts that any legal action will be taken- especially if the dean of the school isn't commenting- but I do hope that something will be done.
I am very glad that I didn't apply to Marist College. I hope any LGBT students there aren't having a rough time. For that matter, hooker's and nazi's shouldn't be made fun of either; but when people are given the right to free speech they flaunt their opinions in such terrible ways.
The one who holds on to anger is the one who gets burned- Buddha
I don't want to sound like a sympathizer here, but as a gay man I don't find it all that offensive.
Yes you could say that the person making the video is equating homosexuality with nazism and prostitution, but I think that may be taking the video out of context. I think the writer of the song was making generalizing points about how intimidating college life can be. If someone were raised in a strictly conservative household, and moved out on his own, never having been exposed to the LGBT community, having a gay room mate right off the bat would be really intimidating. To someone living in the cultural bottleneck of the religious right, it would kind of be like moving in with an alien. I think maybe some of us are over-reacting just a tad bit.