Every year, Princeton University hosts an event called Princeton Reunions.
This alumni weekend-esque get-together celebrates a multitude of graduating classes, and is famous for its thousands of kegs and open debauchery. Graduates plan their own parties for the event, and every year there is a multitude of themes.
This year, graduates from Princeton’s 2012 class decided on a “Star Wars”-themed party.
In a stunning display of both absolute insanity and ignorance, a rules committee organzing the five-year class reunion party has allegedly banned the iconic Stormtrooper costumes from the event. Why? According to a statement, because Stormtroopers are Nazi-inspired and might trigger someone.
Here's the flyer reportedly emailed out to Princeton alumni;
“A few of our classmates reached out expressing concerns over our choice to use Stormtroopers as our costume inspiration,” an email obtained by Heatstreet said. “We have been informed of the origin of this word and its connections to early- to mid-20th century Germany. This is something neither we nor anyone on your Reunion Committee were aware of, but something we take very seriously. Tonight we made the unanimous decision to remove these costumes.”
MRCTV reached out to the Princeton Reunion Committee to confirm the email was legit, but did not receive a response. However, this sort of over-the-top political correctness is well within the realm of acceptable behavior for the current liberal cess pools we call college campuses.
While the insanity is obvious (Stormtroopers are fictional and it's not much of a "Star Wars" party without them), the ignorance isn't much better.
The term "Stormtrooper" emerged prior to the Nazis' rise to power, a fact noted even by the "Star Wars" website. During WWI, German soldiers were trained as Stoßtruppen, meaning "shock-troops." Eventually, these soldiers came to be known as Sturmmann, or "storm-men." These were specialist German soldiers trained in infiltration tactics to wreak havoc on enemy trenches; the phrase has absolutely no origin in Nazi Germany, though it was later adopted as a military rank.