Writing in Michigan State’s State News, Emily Jenks is highly irritated that students at last week’s football game against Nebraska had the audacity to boo President Obama. Not because he’s an unpopular president, mind you, but because he had an important message that you’d better hear!
That message was the “It’s On Us” campaign, you see … which, as Jenks writes, “is a call to arms for everyone — not just men — to stop perpetuating a culture that generates sexual assault on campus.”
The stadium watched quietly as the commercial played. Faces on the screen mumbled words that, let’s be honest, couldn’t be heard well over the stadium’s shoddy sound system, yet “it’s on us” was repeated again and again.
Near the end, the faces and voices unified to say, “It’s on us to stop sexual assault.” There was a pause, and President Obama appeared on the screen.
But before he opened his mouth, the student section booed — arguably louder than they booed the Nebraska band.
I was stunned. Not stunned that the stadium booed Obama, but that they booed the message Obama’s face was attached to.
As many commenters point out in the article, how Jenks makes that assumption is pretty head-scratching.
Later in her piece Jenks seems to equivocate somewhat, but her consternation always discards the fact that right now many people simply do not like the president very much, and flat-out don’t believe what he says anymore — no matter what he’s talking about.
It’s difficult to fathom that MSU students are disapproving of an anti-sexual assault message. Perhaps it would have been a good idea to choose a different messenger.