University bans hand-clapping, enforces ‘jazz hands’ instead, for inclusivity
“Jazz hands” … Credit: Music Express Magazine

The future world leaders at Oxford University in the UK have boldly stepped up to ban applause and hand-clapping at student council meetings and student union events. Instead, the use of silent “jazz hands” is encouraged so as to reduce “anxiety” and boost “inclusivity.”

Jazz hands, also known as British Sign Language (BSL) clapping, involves quickly moving one’s hands back and forth in front of you.

Students at the elite school clearly are aiming to be at the forefront of the snowflake revolution. According to the Daily Mail, a former Oxford student said: “Oxford University Student Union is always seeking to be more accommodating for students. Especially for those with accessibility issues. But this idea will not work and is completely ludicrous.”

Roisin McCallion, vice president for welfare and equal opportunity, and one of the co-sponsors of the motion at the student union’s first meeting of the school year, said: “The policy was proposed in order to encourage the use of British Sign Language clapping during our democratic events to make those events more accessible and inclusive for all, including people who suffer from anxiety. Inclusivity is one of the Students’ Union’s founding principles.”

Among those ridiculing the move was Piers Morgan, who pointed out that the “new rule new rule excludes blind people, so will make them feel marginalised.”  He also wisely advised those making such rules: “Grow a pair you imbeciles.”

In 2018, the University of Manchester–another high-thinking British college–approved a similar rule discouraging the nerve-wracking habit of applauding.

Campus Reform reports that while they are “not aware of any American universities that have approved such rules, many U.S. colleges and universities do encourage [finger] ‘snaps’ rather than clapping for the same reason that Oxford and the University of Manchester encourage jazz hands.”

For those dialed into today’s sensitive “racist” frequencies, they agree with Morgan’s somewhat puzzling claim that “jazz hands” is offensive …

Victor Rantala


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