The University of Alabama's Alpha Phi sorority recently released a recruitment video to find new "sisters" that people are saying are worse for women than Donald Trump himself. Now those are some pretty huge misogynistic shoes to fill, so what could a seemingly innocent sorority possibly have done to rile up the masses?
Let us count the ways:
1) The women starring in the video look like they could all be literal sisters. They're all white with long blond hair.
2) They're almost always wearing super short shorts or bikinis—you know, just your everyday wear for the normal college girl.
3) They dance (fun!), literally jump around (exercise?), hug (love!) and blow glitter. Yes, glitter. Because you know, women can't read an actual book or anything.
The video was viewed over 500,000 times on YouTube before Alpha Phi deleted it. But too little, too late as the Internet had already viewed the monstrosity and taken note.
AL.com writer A.I. Bailey was just one of those offended by the debacle and wrote a scathing op-ed about how "reductive and objectifying" the video was before concluding that it's completely "unempowering." To be fair, there are also many defending the video stating that it's not that different from other sorority recruitment videos.
The University of Alabama has since released a statement condemning the video. "This video is not reflective of UA's expectations for student organizations to be responsible digital citizens."
But the guy who actually shot the video, University of Alabama student filmmaker Griffith Meyer, doesn't get what the big deal is. "This video isn't for politically sensitive adults who immediately associate a popsicle with sex ... there is no drinking, no drugs, no nudity. It's kind of sad girls can't play fake football or be in a bikini without the judgment of the entire Internet."