Remember those mandatory school assembly days when you were forced to sit down and endure a drunk driving seminar, or a reenactment of a party gone wrong? Well, apparently Waverly High School decided to push the envelope a bit for their own entertainment at a pep rally.
During the pep rally students were said to have performed a very over-the-top controversial skit in black face satirizing the 2009 domestic violence dispute between ex-lovers Chris Brown and Rihanna. The incident was reenacted for the gym assembly and performed as part of an annual competition for the “Mr. Waverly” title. However, the only title this skit has garnered is racist by critics alike.
When the news first broke out, CNN journalist Matthew Dishler commented on the Waverly, New York school assembly, “In this skit they would display acts of domestic violence as satire to an audience that included not only students but parents, faculty, and various members of the media and community leaders. None of them stopped the skit.”
After his report Dishler noted to the Star Gazette, “I felt like something should have been done about this. I don’t believe the kids had any vicious intentions, but the administrators should have said that’s not exactly OK.”
Of course administrators are just now responding after the skit was performed for all to see. The superintendent, Joseph Yelich spoke on Tuesday regarding the incident:
“I will be working with our building administrators, our staff and our students to examine our current activities and develop future activities consistent with our commitment. Ultimately, our administrators are going to need to meet with the whole student body to set clear expectations for our behavior and the impact it has on all people.”
This isn’t the first controversial incident involving the characterization of African Americans in schools. Back in May a student was thrown out of a classroom for dressing like Martin Luther King, Jr. while wearing black face paint. Although the Colorado Springs second grader was participating in a school project, school officials thought it was disrespectful.
What do you think about Waverly High School’s Rihanna and Chris Brown skit?