It's like Frost/Nixon, if Nixon were a frat boy.
There won't be another merry Christmas in this house until at least 2016. (via Philly Mag)
Earlier this week, we covered the story of Kappa Delta Rho, a fraternity at Penn State University that embodies all your worst prejudices against fraternities. The chapter was suspended after police learned that about a private Facebook page called "2.0" that was used by the Kappas for purposes ranging from chore scheduling to selling drugs and sharing naked pictures of women who had passed out at parties.
The frat has been suspended for a year, and although that might seem like a lenient punishment to some, at least one former Kappa feels like his brothers got a bum rap. He's so outraged, in fact, that he sent in this prepared statement to Philadelphia Magazine:
It is shameful to see the self-righteousness that has sprung from the woodworks in response to the alleged Penn State fraternity "scandal." Here's a quick reality check: everyone — from Bill Clinton to your grandfather to every Greek organization in the nation does the same old stuff, just as they have been for the entirety of human history. That's where that lil' old quip, don't throw stones if you live in a glass house, comes from. And believe me, we all live in a glass house. Thus it is laughably pathetic to see the media spring on an occasional incident such as this, especially a media complicit in overturning the same sexual mores and moral standards that for millennia had at least to some extent curbed outright licentiousness. The fire of indignant, misplaced self-righteousness that looks to ruin people's lives and unjustly ruin reputations is the abuse and violation that should be at the center of discussion, not the humorous, albeit possibly misguided, antics of a bunch of college kids.
When they read this, the staff of Philadelphia Magazine must have been ecstatic. They had hit a journalistic goldmine. If this guy was that incoherent in a written statement, how would he do in an interview? They immediately got in touch to schedule one, and luckily for all of us, the man agreed. The resulting interview included such gems as a comparison between the media's response to this story and Mediaeval witch hunts, an explanation of how Snapchat works, and this exchange:
Philly Mag: You said the page was funny. What was funny about it?
KDR member: It's not funny. Funny's not always the right word. It's satire.
I can't believe I never realized satire isn't supposed to be funny! Nobody tell my bosses I didn't know that. This is a humor website.
It's actually the perfect defense for him, because I don't know who would look at a picture of a woman, passed-out drunk and stripped naked, and think it was funny. There are two reactions to that picture: you're either disturbed if you're a normal person, or aroused if you're a total creep.
All in all, I'm going to say this interview didn't help the case of the Kappas. Really, the smart thing would be for all members, past and present, to hush up and hope the story blows over without anyone going to jail. Luckily, they don't seem that smart. And we'll be here to tell you about it, every step of the way.