Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The NYU "Kimmel Occupation" Ends

(Updates below)

I don’t know why I find this so funny. It has been a bad week for stupid student militants from coast to coast. Throughout the whole video, the “activists” keep reminding the university security that they are on camera, and that it will reflect poorly on them in the future. I figure most folks will view the footage as a wonderful illustration of just how brainless these self proclaimed “student leaders” are, and not an indictment on any security personnel.


From a blogger embedded with the NYU "occupation."
"Despite the affectation of seriousness, the whole occupation ultimately felt like a joke. From wild exaggerations about crowd size to topless girls to chants like “This is what democracy looks like!” (except, no, not at all) to veganism to keffiyehs, it was a weird, funny, occasionally exciting event, but not a serious protest. The most exhilarated I saw the protesters was when there was a crowd outside at 1 AM on Friday morning: they craved support, intrigue, chanting, and slogans; the demands felt like an after thought. They wanted glory, to “be remembered.” And in that quest they didn’t even stop to think about violating their own guiding principles in order to chant and cheer from the balcony. Didn’t it just feel like a silly stunt?"

Update 2:

I can’t get enough of this NYU occupation, and how so remarkably preposterous it has made its leadership look. The NY Post did a recent piece exposing the narcissism of these “radicals.”
They don't make radicals the way they used to.

Some 60 students - all elite, lily white and whiny - took over the cafeteria at New York University's Kimmel Center Wednesday night to stage not a party, but a protest.
The kids showed up armed for slumber, with sleeping bags, camera phones, laptops and plenty of cellphones for the homesick to call Mom.

Just minutes after the well-heeled warriors took over the room on the third floor, they made their first demand to the administration. Via cellphone, natch.
What was the No. 1 priority for this band of complainers? World peace? Free tuition? A hot bath?

Close. They demanded the right to use the bathroom.

"Not allowing us bathroom rights is a human-rights violation!" Emily Stainkamp, an 18-year-old freshman, said from her cellphone inside the cafeteria. The university relented, and students won the right to tinkle.

"My parents are a little worried," Fharah Khimji, 20, said from inside. "They're paying a lot of money to send me here

And the best line goes to an unidentified police officer, who watching the protest, stated:
"It's pathetic," he said. "These are privileged kids. These kids have silver spoons in their mouths, and their parents send them here - so they can sit in the cafeteria."

If only the recent tree sits in Santa Cruz and Berkeley could have been as well documented as this case has been.


TNC said...

Thanks for the link and you beat me to this one, Roland.

I was going to post something about one of their most insensitive demands, opening NYU's Bobst Library to the public. The bathrooms in that place are disgusting enough as it is. For the "best and brightest" this country has to offer, you would think they could at least learn to flush.

Opening the library up to the crackheads and other fiends of Washington Square will make things even worse. Don't these protesters think about the people who actually work at NYU? Not just the professors who grade them, but the library, janitorial and other staff who keep the place running.

Roland Dodds said...

I guess the short answer TNC is no, they don’t care about anyone who actually works at the university. These folks never do; they never actually connect the dots between their silly demands and reality. I could tell a hundred stories of such nonsense from my uni days, and I’m sure you could too.

I especially love the part in the video in this post, where the fool holding the camera is spouting all this nonsense about “negotiators”, “consensus” and “democratic process,” and the security guard tells them flat that there are no negotiations, they just have to leave. It was wonderful to hear something so obvious, and how well it contrasted with the fluff the protesters were going on and on about.

I hope that every protest is documented in this way. This is one of the most damaging videos I have ever seen for activists, but I doubt the group making this movie saw it that way. It showed just how out of touch and silly these people can be.

f.w. said...

I had such a good time with the video that I had to do a sweet remix it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhyKhQlGQXE&fmt=18

TNC said...

I watched the vid. It was painful. You can tell by the look in a few of their eyes that they knew the protest had run out of steam. But dude kept calling for consensus, consensus, consensus. I almost felt bad for him. Then there was the tough guy, cursing and acting hard. What a clown.

In the next few days, weeks, months and years it will be interesting to see how this event is framed and interpreted. We know it was a flop. Most observers, if they know anything about the event, view it as a flop.

But you can already read on rad left sites like the IMCs that the protests-- even if they did not achieve their demands--were a "success." As I've stated many times here and elsewhere, a large measure of what drives radical activism in the U.S. is not the achievement of demands/goals (political or other) but the validation of an individual's identity and radical ideology. In other words, it is more about how protesting makes them feel then actually achieving anything concrete. You know, "demand the impossible," and all that.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Some enemas, administered in public and accompanied by application of birch... oh, sorry, I was reading a lot of Patrick O'Brian lately.

Just take away their iPhones, then, it will learn them...