Make no mistake, I won't ever defend the IU students chanting FU at Haarms (or when PU did the same to Sheehey) but in those cases at least they were reactionary outbursts as opposed to this planned, organized, scripted low rent BS from LSU.I just chalk it up to a giant mass of kids making one of those regrettable decisions many have made, just with the internet around to keep it for posterity.
I'll compare it to the "F**k you Haarms" the student section at Assembly Hall. I don't think it's as bad as what the LSU students are doing there, and at least tangentially related to the game, if not a classy move by any measure. But not a great look for students in any event.
Maybe it compares better to the Purdue thing from the mid- 2000s (I'm not sure if they still do it) where they'd go "1-2-3-4, first down....bitch." Was just trashy for the sake of being trashy. Or for the sake of kids making poor collective decisions.
But as far as social costs, I wouldn't sweat it too much. Vile things have been said at arenas/stadiums since we've had arenas & stadiums. Now we just have recordings of it. Although it probably ups the ante for what's considered "acceptable" for some just because it's out there, can be duplicated, or escalated.
Exactly. It’s kids who are about to be full on adults (as in surviving fully on your own) who want to test those freedoms.Young people doing young people things