Lots of fuming, totally-not-homophobic commenters are seeing the new, camptastic Yale Admissions Video, That’s Why I Chose Yale, as something wholly unprecedented, and — in its tight falsetto harmonies and flamboyant prancing — a betrayal of all the manly ideals of Ol’ Blue. Wrong. The video — which has divided teh Internet and sent our very own Bobby Fineman into a coma — is more than a fabulous flash in the pan. Take a gander below. Recently, a bunch of struggling-actor-type Yale grads got together and wrote a musical of a different sort. Actually, it’s not that different of a sort. It’s creatively called “Gay Ivy,” and features many gay people and things, including Kobi Libii ’07, star of the new Admissions Video. Also, lolz:
“And though I’m something of a maven, there’s something in New Haven, I really can’t explain! … Nigeria has stamine / Ireland has famine / San Juan and San Jose have silent “j’s” / Manhattan has a plaza / Israel has the Gaza / but Yale… has… the gaaaays! *vibrato*”
Winding back the clock even further, IvyGate has uncovered the Admission’s Video’s direct homophilic descendent: “Mean Gays.” With a little help from our friends at the ever-clever Bullblog, we can safely tell you that the Yale Admissions Video would never have seen the light of day were it not for this gay-to-the-max Mean Girls parody, and its star and creator. The fabulous man in question is Mark Dunn ’07 — former Yalie, a-ca-fella, and featured hunk in Rumpus’ 50 Most Beautiful. He’s now a Yale admissions officer, and — save our souls — the master puppeteer behind That’s Why I Chose Yale.
With no further comment, we give you “Mean Gays,” the story of one mountain boy’s journey of self-discovery from boy-crushing-bumpkin to catty-stereotype, immersed in the gay Eden that is Yale College.
“Oh, we’re not interested in books. We came here for the Boys.”
Finally, in the movie American Psycho, Christian Bale plays a Harvard-grad serial-killer and says some funny, enlightening shit.
“You know, that ‘Yale thing'”
Our conclusion? Call the new Yale Admissions Video what you like, but ‘without precedent’? We think not. But, you protest, what about all the scared little high-schoolers out there, cringing and tearing up their applications at even a whisper of man-on-man action. Well, so what if they don’t apply; Yale has far too many transcripts flooding in as is. Quality over quantity. (In fact, maybe That’s Why I Chose Yale is just the admissions office’s secret plot to reduce their paperwork…)
The kids who get a kick out of beautiful cinematography/people/harmonies, irony, and tongue-in-cheek hilarity could be a little more attractive and conducive to Yale than the humorless, self-important, vaguely homophobic douches who can’t watch musical theatre or two guys kissing without feeling insecure. For the latter folks, well… that’s why they chose Dartmouth.