The University of Michigan is investigating the construction of a giant snow penis on campus as a “bias incident.”
The offending phallus was constructed Wednesday night outside Bursley Hall, following a storm that dumped a sheet of snow on Ann Arbor. That apparently didn’t sit well with everybody, as a residential hall director reported the snow member to Michigan’s office of student life.As noted by The Michigan Review, Michigan’s student life website defines bias incidents as “incidents that make people feel targeted because of their social identity group membership.” It’s unclear what group the reporting individual believes was targeted by the snow penis. (RELATED: Mass. School Offers Counseling For Victims Of Confederate Flag Sticker)
“Based on this definition, it is unclear if the bias incident report was generated because of the perceived white male privilege displayed by the pearly member rising out up from the ground or because of inadequate sex representation as no efforts had been made to create a snow vagina,” Review writer Erin Dunne joked.
A member of Michigan’s residential staff complained to the Review that it was “a little ridiculous” that a “phallic snow object” was taking up the time of campus officials.
It’s unclear if Michigan has ever received a bias incident complaint for the throwing of “snowballs.”
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