On Monday, the University of Chicago’s College of Education launched a call to students and alumni to “take a stand” against “American Horror Show,” which has “pushed a divisive agenda.”
The college, which has a population of about 3 million, said it is “trying to bring awareness to the voices and opinions of students and the public who are not supportive of the show’s depiction of racism, gender inequality, and other issues.”
On Tuesday, the university said it has invited students to share their concerns with faculty, alumni, and others about “American Psycho” and to “make your voices heard.”
The school’s President, Loyola Marymount University (LMSU), is “willing to engage in a dialogue with students, faculty, and staff” on the show, LMSU President and CEO David Wertheimer said in a statement.
“In the face of the horrific, violent depictions of racial violence and misogyny in the show,” he said, “we are calling on students and faculty to participate in a conversation about racism, misogyny, and sexual assault in our society, especially in light of recent events.”
LMSI also announced a partnership with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the largest civil rights organization in the United States, to help students organize and speak out against the show.
On Monday morning, Lumsin said the university is also working to raise awareness of the harmful effects of “American Sniper,” the 2014 movie in which the character played by Bradley Cooper is shown killing people and using weapons like AK-47s.
“I want to remind all of you that when we think of the movie American Sniper, we think about the movie Bradley Cooper,” Lumsing said in the statement.
As an “America” student, I cannot tell you how much it hurts to think of all of the people that I have come to know through this film.
“If you think of how these stories are being told, I am certain that there is something you can do to tell your own stories, to make a difference,” he added.
In his statement, Lmsing added that he will “continue to work on bringing awareness to racism, violence, and discrimination and to stand up for the dignity of all human beings.”