Every year, U of T’s student newspaper The Varsity publishes at least one joke issue, and every year in recent memory, it has managed to either seriously offend a few people, confuse a whole lot of people, or just not be funny.
Enter the quest of AlwaysQuestion. There was, if you remember, a protest and sit-in over rising student fees, and a video accusing police of “police brutality.” Then there was President David Naylor’s response, deeming what occurred “thuggish tactics by mobs” and claiming the accusations of police brutality were “an astonishing display of historical revisionism.” Then there was the protest to protest what happened at the protest, along with the anti-protest protest.
Though there’s been a lot of discussion generated throughout the university, and a lot of vitriol around the sit-in—much of it directed at the protestors—no one has been quite able to shed light on the ridiculousness of the whole thing, particularly the original video that’s now at the centre of the controversy. Not, at least, until yesterday’s joke issue of The Varsity, which published the editorial pictured above. (As of yet, it is not available online, but you can view it larger here.) The editorial—photo caption and all—skewers the protestors the most effective way possible: by simply quoting them.
Touché, Varsity, touché.
Photo by David Topping.