VIDEO: Yale students love the idea of outlawing Halloween

Cabot Phillips
Media Director

  • At campuses around America, students have been discouraged from wearing sombreros, ninja outfits, Native American headdresses, or any other costume which assumes a culture one does not represent.
  • Students at Yale and elsewhere have made it clear: they want their schools to take preemptive measures to prevent the wearing of Halloween costumes which could offend.
  • Campus Reform visited Yale with a petition to outlaw Halloween; it gained signature after signature.
  • This year at Campus Reform, we’ve reported extensively how college students around the country have increasingly taken offense to Halloween celebrations, often accusing various costumes of being offensive and declaring students who wear them guilty of “cultural appropriation.”

    At campuses around America, students have been discouraged from wearing sombreros, ninja outfits, Native American headdresses, or any other costume which assumes a culture one does not represent.

    "[T]his is affecting people's lives, you're taking narratives away...So I definitely support [the petition]."   

    One prominent example of this trend came last year at Yale University, where students famously protested a professor who simply advised students to wear whatever Halloween costume they deemed appropriate.

    Students at Yale and elsewhere have made it clear: they want their schools to take preemptive measures to prevent the wearing of Halloween costumes which could offend.

    But would they be willing to support a more extreme measure in the hopes of limiting hurt feelings this Halloween season?

    Campus Reform visited Yale with a petition to outlaw Halloween on the New Haven, Connecticut campus.

    Posing as a member of the fictitious “Yale Students for An Inclusive Fall Season,” I attempted to garner support for my cause.

    I had no idea how easy it would be.

    After explaining that my goal was to create a more inclusive campus and limit the number of students made uncomfortable by costumes each year, I received signature after signature.

    What was their rationale for signing the outrageous petition? Watch the full video to find out.

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    Cabot Phillips

    Cabot Phillips

    Media Director
    Cabot Phillips is the Media Director for Campus Reform. Prior to joining Campus Reform he spent time working on numerous campaigns—most recently as the Digital Grassroots Director for Marco Rubio’s Presidential bid. Phillips is also a YouTube Partner, creating and starring in numerous videos which have amassed over 70 million views across varying online platforms. In 2016, Phillips was named to Red Alert Politics "30 Under 30" list of the nation's most influential young conservatives.
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