Columbia University is in some serious hot water after plastering a flyer with the slogan “Consent is BAE” around campus.
The university was clearly just trying to get down with the kids – everything is bae these days! – but now they’re being condemned for trivializing sexual assault.
According to Metro,
The campaign has come from the Sexual Violence Response committee who are responding to cases of sexual assault on the American campus.
While the message behind the campaign is important and well-meant, some students felt the college had misjudged the way to convey it.
One student told Columbia’s student newspaper: ‘This poster both trivializes consent and appropriates African American Vernacular English.’
The popular site contacted the school for a statement and SVR stood by the poster:
SVR seeks to promote healthy sexuality and positive behaviors. Historically, SVR has approached its consent education campaign from a constructive, encouraging, and fun perspective.
‘This is also consistent with the tone at the national level, most recently with the affirmative consent legislation.’
They went on to explain: ‘The Consent is BAE poster was developed in conjunction with SVR student staff and was specifically created to speak to students in a more conversational tone, rather than a lecture.
‘It was designed to engage students on the topic of consent and drive to SVR social media channels to learn more. It’s the first in a series of educational communications that will be used this year. We hope students will continue to think, learn and participate in discourse about this topic beyond this one message.’
Considering the response, we’re guessing they won’t have to worry about making it “fun” ever again.