Oxford students want University to ban clapping


Just when you think it cannot get more absurd it does. Oxford University no less. The next generation’s leaders will now become mute little automatons. Silent drones carrying out their master’s orders. It’s all about control – the hint I give you on a Friday.

The Oxford University student council is lobbying the prestigious British university to end applause, arguing that it could trigger anxiety and was unfair to disabled students.

The Oxford Student reported Wednesday that the council had passed a motion to “mandate the Sabbatical Officers to encourage the use of British Sign Language (BSL) clapping, otherwise known as ‘silent jazz hands’ at Student Council meetings and other official SU events,” and to “lobby the University” to make similar changes.

“Loud noises, including whooping and traditional applause, are argued to present an access issue for some disabled students who have anxiety disorders, sensory sensitivity, and/or those who use hearing impairment aids,” the university newspaper said.

The students’ decision comes a year after the University of Manchester Students’ Union made the same move to “avoid triggering anxiety and improve accessibility.” More at

Free Beacon

Yes, let’s have a joyless useless life. Welcome to 1984 and then some. From my stash of old stuff:

From the 2003 Television docudrama: George Orwell – A Life in Pictures. A reminder from George Orwell.  This is where we are.



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15 Responses to “Oxford students want University to ban clapping”

  1. Steve Dennis Says:

    I have run out of adjectives!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. peter3nj Says:

    I’m sure the following doesn’t top the British genuflecting to PC but enjoy:
    Any official such as yours truly with his/her head screwed on straight will not dare to question any doo….

    NEW JERSEY STATE INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION redacted, NJ redacted Phone redacted ~ Fax redacted

    Memorandum To: All Officials From: redacted NJSIAA redacted Date: October, 2019 Re: Hair Discrimination Guidance Copy: NJSIAA

    The Division on Civil Rights recently issued a guidance document on hair-related discrimination. The document provides notice that the State will consider discrimination based on race to encompass discrimination based on hairstyles associated with race. The document says: [The Law Against Discrimination’s] prohibition on discrimination based on race encompasses discrimination that is ostensibly based on hairstyles that are inextricably intertwined with or closely associated with race. That means, for example, that the LAD generally prohibits. . . places of public accommodation (including schools) in New Jersey from enforcing grooming or appearance policies that ban, limit, or restrict hairstyles closely associated with Black people, including, but not limited to, twists, braids, cornrows, Afros, locs, Bantu knots, and fades. A similar analysis applies to discrimination based on hairstyles that are inextricably intertwined with or closely associated with other protected characteristics, such as hairstyles associated with a particular religion. The full document can be found here: https://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases19/DCR-HairDiscrimination-Guidance.pdf The NJSIAA is sensitive to the issue of hair-related discrimination and is committed to providing you, as an Official, with guidance regarded this issue.

    • First, treat hair styles as you would all NJSIAA uniform modifications pertaining to, Religious and Jewelry uniform clarifications.

    • Next, if you as an official consider a particular hair style to be a uniform violation, and not a danger to the athletes during the course of play, then play the game and inform the coach that you will be notifying the NJSIAA regarding this potential violation.

    • Finally, if you as an official consider a particular hair style to be dangerous to the athletes during the course of play, then it must be addressed before play begins with the coach. Explore all possible safety accommodations possible before removal of what you consider to be the dangerous item. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this memo, please contact me at the NJSIAA office

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Wow…. just when I thought I had had enough leave it to your to find something special….all that is left is a couple of us who appreciate how crazy this all is.


      • peter3nj Says:

        I wonder if a player’s hair is on fire 🔥 can we insist on he/she extinguishing the flames before entering the field of play? I’ll let him/her play✌🏾


      • bunkerville Says:

        the best idea…Off topic but I wonder how those football players ever wash their dreadlocks that come half way down his back.


  3. Always On Watch Says:

    Orwell’s final warning is downright creepy.

    I will be showing the full BBC documentary to my World Lit class. We are reading 1984 in the spring.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Mustang Says:

    I’m no expert, but it seems to me that in order to maintain a lucid, well-ordered society, the members of that society must develop and nurture an ability (along with the willing propensity) to tell the nabobs to piss off. Please don’t misunderstand. I do believe there is a place for nabobs in our society —it is a dark closet whose door we only occasionally open.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. 1958usmc1993 Says:


    Semper Fi,

    Jim Bathurst

    USMC (Ret)

    Author: “We’ll All Die As Marines”

    Liked by 4 people

  6. peter3nj Says:

    Oxford will need to bring Buddhist monks to guide these marshmallows in the teachings of the famous Zen kōan of Hakuin Ekaku specifically the sound of one hand clapping. Either that or have one hand tied behind the back of each student.
    How long before the bravery of a nation standing alone before the Nazi’s fortress Europe is wiped from the history books; and after all that nation no longer exists having morphed into a country of people, led by academia, into pooping in their pants at the sound of an applause.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Just when I thought I had posted about the craziest things this week, there is always one more to top it. If setting a Nation ending up with energy shortages when it is sitting on the world’s largest supply was not enough, we have the kids turning into wacko birds. Right, Hitler was a generation or two too early.

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