What do you mean, “jazz hands” are replacing clapping? I mean that if you’re a student at the University of Manchester in England who is “offended” by clapping, it’s quite possible you will be hearing....well “seeing” jazz hands instead.
According to BBC News, “Reps at the University of Manchester voted to replace noisy appreciation with the British Sign Language (BSL) equivalent - a wave of both hands.”
The student union voted for this because “traditional clapping can cause issues for students with autism, sensory issues or deafness,” according to union officer Sara Khan.
“No one is telling everyone to stop clapping. But we are asking them to consider the needs of other people,” she said.
But what about my needs? It goes both ways, right? ...Right?
Thankfully, some students recognized this as yet another example of people being way too sensitive about nothing.
"Clapping is a part of everyday life. I feel like people should just get used to it,” one student said perfectly.
British pundit Piers Morgan even had to chime in on this one:
For the really sensitive people out there, look, I get it. People want to be accommodating to others. But what in the world is this? It seems like these students are just looking for more and more ways to be offended and to try and find ways to fix things that are not broken.
I say clap on, people. Clap on!
Just in case you need to see more of this, here’s another video from the BBC:
H/T: BBC News