I can’t imagine what was going through the minds of members from Indiana University’s chapter of the Kappa Delta sorority when they decided to hold a “homeless party,” but I have a feeling it wasn’t a whole lot.
Rather than the traditionally racist Mexican party or parties meant only to please dudes in Greek life or just tweeting out offensive shit, Kappa Delta decided to upstage Deranged Sorority Girl and act like complete assholes as an entire group by holding a party wherein they all dressed up as their best impressions of homeless people and made signs that said messages like, “Why lie? It’s for BOOZE. Homeless need $ and prayers” and “Give me a nickel and I’ll tickle your pickle.” Ha ha, get it? Because some people are so desperate for food and shelter than they have to resort to desperate, dangerous measures to obtain safety. It’s like hazing, but like, for basic human necessities and all the time. :(
But seriously, is the second half of “#YOLO” the acronym “SALAD” (So Act Like A Douche)? Because I’m starting to wonder why the ones who popularized the phrase most/worst are the most obnoxious, unlikable human beings in America. And according to Jezebel‘s source on the matter, this is an especially striking example of indifference:
Just so you know, Bloomington, IN (home of IU) has a disproportionately high homeless population. They’re typically the target of a lot of shit from students. They get treated pretty badly. It’s actually really sad—one of the places homeless people tend to hang out is right across from the most popular student bar in Bloomington, and on pretty much any given night, you can hear students loudly ridiculing the homeless population while they sip their drinks. Students will be out canning for money for their big national philanthropies, but when a homeless person asks for a quarter, they’ll tell him or her to get a job. The greek system here does do a lot of philanthropic work, but homelessness, which is one of the biggest local problems we have, and a problem that the greek system has the opportunity to really help, is completely ignored.
Oh, and the sorority’s Facebook page says, “Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest.”
I am very close to going on a long rant, but I doubt you folks wanna read that on a Friday evening. That said, there are several personal reasons I’m extremely opposed to this type of callous attitude, and I can’t imagine any respectable person would find this hilarious.
Homelessness is not adorable, it’s not chic and it’s not cute. It’s not celebration-worthy. It’s not a Halloween costume, a party theme or a trend. It’s not “just a joke,” and even if it is a joke, it’s not a funny nor clever one. I’m not saying that because I volunteered at a homeless shelter, I’m somehow special or more capable of caring for people in that situation; these girls absolutely have the same power, if not more, to help those human beings around them, particularly as a large group. But instead, they choose to laugh about it, trivializing the struggle of millions. Solid joke, ladies.