President Donald Trump’s alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, has descended into crisis after a fraternity member and his date decided to name their beer pong team the “VietPong.”
The couple was attending a date night at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and reportedly arrived “dressed in camouflage gear with war paint on their cheeks,” resembling the Viet Cong guerrillas that Donald Trump would have fought valiantly against during the Vietnam War had he not been incapacitated by “minor” bone spurs.
The identity of the offending individuals has not been revealed, and even though they haven’t been “formally accused of any wrongdoing,” according to the Daily Pennsylvanian, campus organization are denouncing the frat members actions.
The Asian Pacific Student Coalition and Vietnamese Student Association ripped the student and his date for their insensitivity.
“The political background and attire associated with the Viet Cong should not be treated as a joke and adorned so casually,” said Nicole Phan, president of the Vietnamese Student Association. “The ignorance of our history is representative of the overarching issue of stereotyping and misrepresenting the Asian community without consequences.”
The Asian Pacific Student Coalition (APSC) also denounced the beer pong team name and costume. The offending student wrote a formal apology to the APSC, and the fraternity’s president told the Daily Pennsylvanian that he apologized for how the frat member’s “lack of understanding” had “marginalized” students of Asian descent. “The team name was not made with any malicious intent,” he said.
Phan said the offending incident should not be viewed as isolated, especially in light of the current political environment in the United States. “In such a racially tense period, such an occurrence on this campus only reminds minority communities and people of color that they are marginalized,” she said. “This incident highlights the lack of progressive thinking on our campus and goes to show that our campus still has a far ways to go.”
Tiffany Trump also attended the University of Pennsylvania, but has yet to weight in on the scandal.
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