Four girls on the basketball team of a trade school in Quebec have learned a hard lesson: You can’t make jokes about Islam. You can’t make fun of Muslims, and you mustn’t offend them.
Them’s the rules!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in ’t!
Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
|00:00||Careful what you say on social media. In Quebec the CEGEP [trade school] of Sainte Foy suspended|
|00:03||four female students for posting Islamophobic statements on the internet. —José, even if|
|00:06||the whole thing was done in the context of a joke, the principal took things very seriously.|
|00:12||Those were things said on the social media Snapchat.|
|00:16||On November 7 2018 a video was recorded|
|00:20||in the locker room of the female basketball team les Dynamiques, of Cégep de Sainte-Foy,|
|00:24||who are in the first division. So in the video,|
|00:28||which we chose not to show, you can see two players in particular who make|
|00:32||racist statements and mention, in fact, that Muslims are terrorists, slaves…|
|00:36||It seems having been done in a joking context.|
|00:40||It was confirmed to us this afternoon, as a matter of fact.|
|00:44||Incidentally, one of the female players, who is clearly visible in the video, is herself a Muslima,|
|00:48||and allegedly made those statements ironically, in order to denounce|
|00:52||precisely racism. Even so, from the point when the principal of the school was informed|
|00:56||of all that, sanctions were imposed: four female players|
|01:00||have been suspended beginning last Thursday [November 8]; they also had to present their excuses|
|01:04||to the principal, and there are thirty hours of community service|
|01:08||carried out for foreign students of the school.|
|01:12||In fact the context doesn’t matter, or the intention.|
|01:16||For us those were inacceptable and disrespectful statements, and we|
|01:20||don’t endorse it at all. I can tell you that the message|
|01:24||was sent, and it was received, but not with pride.|
|01:28||These young people are now aware;|
|01:32||They weren’t at that point [when they were saying it]. It’s probably a message|
|01:36||and a lesson that will be well-understood. —The [school] administration, which is particularly|
|01:40||preoccupied by what happened, is also planning to offer sensitivity workshops|
|01:44||for the students on social media on order to have an impact.|
|01:49||Roger that. Thank you.