“Racist” Sorority Photo Stirs Up Trouble On Facebook

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“Racist” Sorority Photo Stirs Up Trouble On Facebook
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A photo of a Penn State sorority has gone viral after a member posted it to Facebook and tagged other girls in it, and now the school is receiving some backlash over the content.

The photo shows the girls of Chi Omega Nu dressed in ponchos and sombreros for what they called a “Mexican fiesta” themed party around Halloween, complete with mustaches and hand-lettered signs which read, “Will mow lawn for weed and beer” and “I don’t cut grass, I smoke it”. The photo made the rounds on Facebook, with some calling it racist, and has now landed the sorority in some hot water under the backlash. Vice President of the Mexican American Student Association, Cesar Sanchez Lopez, issued a statement regarding the sorority’s choice of attire.

“The Mexican American Student Association is disappointed in the attire chosen by this sorority. It in no way represents our culture. Not only have they chosen to stereotype our culture with serapes and sombreros, but the insinuation about drug usage makes this image more offensive. Our country is plagued by a drug war that has led to the death of an estimated 50,000 people, which is nothing to be joked about.”

The sorority is now under investigation and has issued a statement about the incident:

“Our chapter of Chi Omega sincerely apologizes for portraying inappropriate and untrue stereotypes. The picture in question does not support any of Chi Omega’s values or reflect what the organization aspires to be.”

The college has had its share of controversy in the past year with the Jerry Sandusky/Joe Paterno investigation, so any news which can be construed as shedding a bad light on the school is sure to gain some detractors. Twitter has been abuzz today as users share their thoughts on whether the photo should be taken as a racist insult.

Of course, this isn’t the first time someone has gotten themselves into trouble with a photo posted to Facebook; earlier this year, a Kentucky man uploaded a picture of himself stealing gas from a police car. Needless to say, it didn’t go over well. Also this year, a man beat a disabled person to death, took video of it, and uploaded it to the social media site.

“Racist” Sorority Photo Stirs Up Trouble On Facebook
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  • turnerwred

    How were those students able to enroll at Penn??? Just how low is their average IQ, I wonder?

  • Dave

    But if were a Latino having fun about Caucasions it would be ok. It is either Chhech and Chong or Bush’s fault.

  • beau

    come on People, they didnt do anything wrong. There are tons of themed parties every weekend, on every campus. Quit making a big deal out of everything.

  • Mike Kennedy

    Another reason women should not vote!

  • Chuck

    I find it hard to believe these are college girls. They can’t even make a sign that is good English. One of the girls is holding a sign that says a village is missing there idiot. She is an idiot. The word is their, not there.

    • Joshua

      huh? are looking at the same photo as the rest of us?

  • drew

    The only reason why they are apoligetic is because they don’t want to suffer any consequeses. Otherwise they would not have done this insensative picture. Dressing up with sombrerros and posing to take a group pictures would not be insensative. But to hold up signs the defamtes a certain race that is ignorant and really stupid.

  • Dave

    But if were a Latino having fun about Caucasions it would be ok. It is either Cheech and Chong’s or Bush’s fault.

  • aliah

    How is that racist???? Let me guess. The Mexicans don’t find it racist but the politically correct white people do. Urgh! Get a life or at least a real cause to fight. People are dying in Syria and this is what you put your passion into?
    The movies and TV constantly show Mexicans wearing these clothes when they want a cheap laugh. It’s anything but racist.

    • Goose

      Sorry, but as a Mexican person I do find this racist. Since you don’t seem to understand that, I’ll tell you why.

      These girls, whether you think it or not, are reducing the entirety of Mexican people to a stereotype. That stereotype is that all Mexican people wear ponchos and sombreros, are lazy stoners, and mow lawns. This is NOT who Mexican people are, this is NOT who I am. They are portraying Mexicans in a negative light and that is damaging to our people.

      It is true that the movies and television have shown these images of Mexicans before. That is not an excuse; those images in the media only continue to create this idea of Mexicans that make people like you think it is okay to demean and belittle people into such a negative stereotype. Mexican people are more than this and to think that is okay to do that is only continuing a racist society that belittles Mexican people.

      We should not be okay with this. I believe in freedom of speech, and they are certainly in their right, to take that picture, but they unfortunately are continuing a racist stereotype and they fully deserve to be criticized for it.

  • http://none erocx

    Since when is being Mexican a race?

    • sluggo

      Since “black” became a “race”, instead of negro.

    • drew

      Wow…do you really think that? Maybe you should have paid attention in history class. But it’s not to late to learn about Mexico and the Mexican people, try googling it. Enjoy!

  • giles thibodeaux

    Sara Loebig ,tweeted a ignorant comment about the racists sorority, my comment to her, you are ignorant and you make me want to vomit also.

  • Boomer

    Unreal that so many people are surprised. This is simply a bunch of White, Rich, Silver Spoon in their mouths, girls who have no clue about the real world nor will they even care. They’re most likely laughing at all the publicity and telling all their friends about it. A Mexican to them is exactly what they dressed up as. A bunch of poncho wearing lawn care people. They don’t see the Father’s, Brothers and Husbands behind those costumes and all the hard struggle to get to America. They have no clue what all that is. Nor do they or ever will care…

    • James

      Now you are a racist! The second sentence of your comment makes it obvious how much you hate white people. How do you know they’re born with silver spoons in their mouths? Do all white girls have money? Dingleberry!

      • ME

        Really? How many of those girls do you think are working hard and barely scraping by to go to PENN STATE!!!!

    • Heather

      not to mention I took a good look at the picture and not all the girls are white…

    • Savanna

      To the idiot that posted this, why don’t you take a look at the picture again and you will see that they are not all white, I see some that can either be black, Hispanic and even one that looks Chinese. So you’re being racist saying this is a bunch of rich white girls. Get a life. Everything does not need to be about race. That is a huge problem in this country. What ever happened to freedom of speech, expression. Leave it alone

  • James

    How is that racist? It’s a picture of a bunch of girls at a party. There is no message there. The photo does not say Mexicans suck, or we’re better than Mexicans! Whatever message the media is gleaning from that photo is the message that the media has come up with all by themselves. All members of the American media should be slapped in the face and then fired! Hypocritical pussies!

  • pauly

    This is racist? Free health care and food stamps for illeagals and we pay for it, that is racists to American citizens!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Janice

      Free health care and food stamps are not at all just for “illegals.”
      This comment is stupid.

    • Everardo Galvan

      Pauly,get your facts straight.”illegals” cant get food stamps if they’re not American citizens. That was just a stupid and ignorant comment on your part. Get in their shoes sometime, They work extremley long and hard hours without complaining to earn the very little money they have to send back home, rather than to stand in a corner and ask for money.

    • Bill Jones

      Right on!

      Those that yell racist are the racist. Besides who gives a Damn about the wet backs that smuggle drugs and kill for the fun of it.

  • USCG

    Here is a story about a Coast Guardsmen being killed chasing a Mexican Drug Boat. They’re not stereo types if they can be true.


    • Leland Coleman

      Are you seriously comparing a sorority party to drug smugglers?

      LMAO, That’s the best one yet!

  • Punchy Villa

    Okay, if Mr Lopez is VP of Mexican American blah blah blah, that means he has a job in this country, correct? The last part being American which everyone born in this country is. Why refer to Mexico as our country if you are an American with an American job. Simple solution, go home and help fight the drug war. Take a joke, Cesar.

  • Ted Bundy

    Stupid whores.

  • Doug

    If that is all some idiots have to b____ about they need to get a life, and it seems that everything today is racist, it is just a bunch of kids having fun.

  • johnson bronson

    it’s just a bunch of girls at a party. who cares.

  • Leland Coleman

    Dressing in a serape and sombrero is now racist? How about any race other than Hawaiians that wears a Hawaiian shirt, are they racist too? How about kids that dress as Native Americans for Halloween? Let me guess, they’re racist as well. And what of the Washington Redskin fans, FSU Seminoles, Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves? OMG, they’re all racists!!

    Get over yourselves and grow-up.

    • John R.

      Dressing up in the costumes is not racist.

      It’s what they wrote on the signs.

      I’m not Hispanic, but that’s not cool.

      • Leland Coleman

        Where in either of those signs does it reference race?

  • lantenec

    And yet, somehow, I just can’t seem to care…..

  • rodrrodn

    Is funny. You can’t say anything anymore. You can see where they were going with this. They all have to explain to their parents that they smoke weed.
    Also I’m not sweating it, don’t worry I’ll be making jokes about you Honkeys later. So we are even{Just joking}.

    • http://Yahoo Gabe

      Man USA get a sense of humor! I am Italian American, and I was in the trash bussiness. Believe me I heard it all. Lighten Up!

  • rosco

    Who cares if they’re insulted…they’re mexicans. First the picture is funny. Second if you find it insulting, move back to mexico. I hear it’s really nice there this time of year. They screwed up their own country, so they move here…lovely. personally I doubt many mexicans are upset, picture wasnt that insulting.

    • Lumurk1

      yeah couldn’t be half as insulting as living with the name roscoe

      • rosco

        Your an idiot

  • Oscar Romero

    No different than any restaurant/bar advertising a Cinco de Drinko or anything like that. It’s not racist. Not all Mexicans mow lawns. If anything this more of an elitist issue than one of race. Sure a lot of lower class Mexicans have crappy manual labor related jobs and a number of them do drugs, but so do members of the lower class in every race in the world.

  • TBI

    At last some girls worth dating and mating.

  • gman

    Still freedom of speech. Besides, I do see a couple of asian girls in the pic….what about them?

  • http://yahoo howie

    plain and simple—there is nothing racist about the photo

  • Nikki

    The comments may have been a little extra, but seriously it was not that bad.

  • karin

    I agree it’s in poor taste, and certainly not what Penn State needs right now. But it’s interesting that the girl on the far left appears to be an Asian minority, or perhaps partial. And under all those costumes, their are probably other members of minorities. The signs are the WORST.

  • Greg

    Cesar Sanchez Lopez don’t be so sensitive….yo big wus! It is a free country and people have the right to have fun and make joke about whomever they want…You want to talk about Racist, how about the United Negro Collage fund, or the The Mexican American Student Association. These are ALL racist organizations, so SHUT UP!

  • ryan

    Looks like a fun time to me, besides i see an asian girl and a few hispanic girls in the photo. Im pretty sure chi omega isn’t racist haha

  • Unknown

    Wow the comments on here about who cares and that these girls are just having fun, go f all of you guys cause this is ridiculous, were in the year 2012 and still think stereotypes are funny, grow up!

  • Dee

    2 points: I only think they crossed the line with the signage. Secondly, why is a “race card” being played, please note there are other ethnic groups in this picture (Asian, African American, etc.)

  • bob ham

    who cares!!! it’s college and it’s fun. girl says honkey i say spic, greaser wet back! this is the home of freedom of speech go back to mexico all you over sensitive immigrants! good job girls!!!!!!!

    • Leland Coleman

      Actually the term “Wetback” is a term the Federal Government used.

      “Operation Wetback”, look it up.

    • kevin

      unless your native american, your ancestors were immigrants at some point too smart guy.

      • Leland Coleman

        Actually PAL, I’m native Hawaiian.

        I’ll wait while you remove that foot from your mouth.

    • Raider#8

      Bob Ham u have no right to talk about immigrants. The US is made by immigrants. Im mexican and i dont think wut they r wearing is offensive i find the sign offensive. Im mexican and i dont cut grass or smoke weed. So at my next Hollween party my buddies and i will dress up like white trailor trash people and holding up footstamps since the white race is #1 in collecting welfare and im sure u wont find it races right?

  • Kash511

    Had they done this without the mustaches it wouldn’t have been so bad.

  • Paolo

    Yes I think it’s racist. But one must remember that the “grass” is being smoked mostly in the US. So we are as bad as them, if not worst.

  • http://www.blackmesaresearchfacility.com Gordon Freeman

    It’s just a picture. Who cares. Grow up people. Why can’t we just laugh at each other anymore? Does anyone really think these girls were intentionally making a racist photo? It’a a joke.

    • Raider#8

      So at my next Halloween party my mexican friends r going to pose as white trailor trash and hold up welfare money and im sure u won’t find it races since white people r the #1 race that uses welfare. Come on there is a line between having fun and clowning. Please????

  • b

    Seriously…..did Cesar Sanchez Lopez, the VP of Mexican American Student Association say “…no way represents our culture!”???
    I’ve been across the border from San Diego into TiJuana and there are “shops” lining both sides of the street with serapes and sombreros for sale. Also, every Mexican kid working the streets and the bridge has a box of chic-lets for sale.
    On another note, am I the only person who noticed “Chi Omega Nu” = CON. That’s probably all they will amount to anyway.

  • Raider#8

    Wut they r wearing is funny but the sign is races. Im Mexican and i dont smoke weed or cut grass. I would not really kill them for it but just tell them don’t do it again remove the pic and everything is back to normal. Race is touchy subject to anyone. But would be more funny than holding those signs would be a Mexican beer. Lol

  • http://yahoo sandee

    When a sorority or Fraternity has a lapse of common sense it makes headlines. However, when they give their time and effort to NUMEROUS CHARITIES it never is noticed.
    Let’s be fair.

  • Ajay

    It’s not like the girls are lying or anything. C’mon, when did being honest all of a sudden become racist. People are way too oversensitive.

  • Tony

    Before you know it, Goth people will be offended that people dress up for Halloween as vampires, ghouls and goblins. IT WAS HALLOWEEN! GOD DANG GET A GRIP

  • Aron Houtz

    This has nothing to do with race at all? WTF….White Chicks have to protect their right to party ANY FREAKIN WAY THEY PLEASE!!!!!!

    Screw any and all Beaners who might be offended! Smoke some cheap Mexican Ditchbank weed and chill the F_ck out!

    • PBard

      Seriously? Racist? It was HALLOWEEN – OMG. This world is TOO politically correct. Start suing those people for being idiots…

      • savannah

        What those signs say are completely disprespectful and RACIST come the fuck on!!! mow your lawn for beer and weed? What kinda shit is that? Not a fuckin compliment that’s for sure! If I was mexican I would be pissed!

  • sintalio

    it seems no one can have any fun these days without someone getting all political about it. These girls were just having fun for christ sake. Quit trying to be the worlds conscience.

    • turnerwred



  • black girl

    This is why we formed our own fraternities and sororities, oh and BET too for the inevitable next comment.

  • http://yahoo jim

    people quit playing the race card grow the hell up everybody makes fun or make jokes about differnt races if you can not take a joke then go fuck yourself end of story

  • Gumbo8398

    I think the photo is funny. Can’t we lighten up a little bit?! Why have we become so OVER-sensitive as a society? I can guarantee if a group of Mexican people made fun of White people, it wouldn’t even make the news, and I would be called “over-sensitive” if I got offended by the photo.

  • monsigneur Ogden Boudreau

    They’re not racist just young and naieve. erybody knows the good herb comes from Canada . If they had sported tucs and had some BC bud and moosehead ,etc. The Canucs would of thanked them and said (damn Right)as they are rightly proud of their product . If i was Mexican i’d be ashamed of the stuff they have to. Yes and even more troubled that people are getting killed over it. Thats part of the problem – it just pisses you off instead of mellowing you out.

    • turnerwred


  • rocky63

    I’ve endured my share of Italian jokes, without whining that everyone else is racist. I’m so tired of this use of the word “racist” for the slightest thing. I guess blonde jokes are racist; and, of course, Polish jokes — and what about Irish jokes. And how about jokes that start with “A pries, a minister and a rabbi went into a….” I guess those are racist, too. Knock off the stupid, contrived whining.

    If you want to talk about racism, let’s talk about the number of whites who are victims of black assaults — and compare it to the number of blacks attacked by whites. Then we could talk about racism. Or we could talk about admitting minorities to colleges with lower scores than are accepted from whites and Asians. There’s a good racism discussion there.

    • A.M.

      Yeah…start the discussion on how the white race has enslaved every other race or culture it has come into contact with since the beginning of time. Idiot.

    • turnerwred


    • chad

      Actually Rocky, why don’t we start with slavery, segragation, apartheid. So, someone can’t get into a school because of a test score…..maybe you should look at the picture again and you’ll see that apparently those girls didn’t have a problem getting in to Penn State. You may also want to consider that historically black colleges exist because minorities were not allowed to attend many state schools, and you bring up “test scores.” How about 7 hour waits to vote in certain minority districts…..but wait…you did hear an Italian joke ….so now everything is even. The girls in the sorority probably got really high test scores, mostly due to paying test tutors to prepare them. But how intelligent do they appear to you? Your comment on “assaults” only proves your stereotyping and doesn’t point to any actual numbers. Based on Aurora , Colorado, Sikh Temples, etc….you’d be surprised to know that caucasians are actually highest percentage of those in prison just as caucasians are half of the welfare recepients in the USA. But your prejudice leaves you blind to the facts. Mi dispiace, ma e vero.

      • D

        WTF are you talking about? Blacks are the highest prison population. I bet you didn’t know that 98% of all serial killers in the U.S. are black? Go read a book titled “The Rise of the Black Serial Killer”. It is the media that refuses to show black and brown crime. Stupid mestizo.

  • http://yahoo will

    Hey I am Irish and every year I see people dress in costumes that they think depict Irish and many are belittling but I do not get offended rather it is nice that people cared enough to dress that way instead of the drunk idiot who didn’t go to any trouble and gets drunk and screams “now I’m Irish”.

  • N Jones

    Interesting usage of “white”. Most of these girls look as if they themselves could be Hispanic. Also a few Asians in there as well. I count only 6 with fair hair and fair complexion. The media loves to peg every racist as “white”. Look at George Zimmerman. He is Hispanic yet initial media reports were all about the “White Guy that killed a Black kid”. We need to redefine “White” or start specifying European American.

    • Shaynan

      Actually, Hispanics are considered white since they are European – Spanish, Portuguese – in origin. Mexicans are a whole other group entirely. And, please, don’t think that a person has to have dark hair, eyes and skin in order to be considered not white. I’m not white and I have relatives with blond hair – natural, thank you very much – and blue eyes.

      • D

        You are right, Well kind of. Mexicans are mestizos. Hispanics are from Spain, however Portuguese are not considered Hispanic. They speak Portuguese and are from Portugal, but I know what you are saying.

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