Meet the newest inductee to that infamous coterie of College Publications With Dubious Taste: The Pennsylvania Punch Bowl, whose “Diversity Issue” features a theme so broad as to offend not just one or two minorities, but all maligned groups. Word is that the Asian Pacific Student Coalition called a meeting to discuss the Bowl‘s heavy hand with Asian jokes, including a photo spread depicting “Where Asians Don’t Belong.” Locations of non-belonging include “at a frat party,” “participating in a drinking game,” and specific buildings and classes at Penn. Highlights include a “Great Moments in Diversity History” timeline:
And advice on “Diversifying Your Friend Portfolio”:
Ah, the fine line between making jokes about stereotypes and, uh, listing them one by one for 14 pages straight? Punch Bowl‘s website offers the magazine for PDF download,
but since you probably don’t want smut like that on your hard drive, we’ve got it after the jump. Looks like the Bowl didn’t appreciate our attempt to improve their internet availability. So we’ve reduced after-the-jump to just a few excerpts (only some of your shit, Punch!) and one of the stranger cease-and-desists we’ve received, featuring ruminations on “this modern life” and metaphors about fire and light and stuff.
The cease-and-desist in which we discover that, just as Vogue is a division of the Conde Nast, and 7 is a divisor of 21, Punch Bowl is a division of Penn:
Thanks for the attention! We’ve been trying to fan the flames enough for people to complain, and it looks like instead of actually complaining or something… they gave a heads up to you guys? Ah, this modern life.
Anyway, yeah we appreciate the limelight- but- you’re gonna have to take down the entirety of our magazine in jpg form. We’re fine with (jubilant, in fact) you linking to our website if your readers want to read our reprehensible magazine, but we’re not fine with (not jubilant, in fact) you jacking all our shit. So yeah, direct link it or whatever, but take down those jpgs.
We’re, ironically, actually copyrighted and actually considered a division of UPenn, and it’s going to be a huge hassle for us to have to go to legal and submit a formal complaint and all that, so we’d appreciate it.
So, if Punch Bowl is a division of Penn, their editors must be, like, Amy Gutmann’s co-workers. In which case they might want to rethink their boundaries:
Luckily, we hear Fairy Jihad-Mother has a pretty good sense of humor for these things.