Penn State Students Ask Willard Preacher for a Little R-E-S-P-E-C-T
A group of Penn State students combated the Willard Preacher‘s hateful rhetoric about sexuality and women by staging a flash mob of sorts to the tune of “Respect” by Aretha Franklin. The group of roughly 15-20 activists held signs asking the iconic campus proselytizer to respect the identities of those who don’t fit into the rigid Christian paradigm. What they truly lacked, however, was an argument. The display was nothing more than students dancing around and the Willard Preacher continuing to do his thing.
A crowd formed around the steps of the Willard building to watch what was going on. Some were enthused, joining in on the dancing and even shouting rebuttals to the preacher’s insistent narrative that sex isn’t for women, but the Natty light-buzzed bros who are doing the sexing. However, some were put off by the display and even went up to shake the Willard Preachers hand once the dust settled and the ground was littered with Sharpie signs.
What are your thoughts on today’s campus activism? Did the students miss the mark, or did they give the Willard Preacher a taste of his own medicine? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter.
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