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Published on April 5th, 2016 | by Flipside

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First Year Comments on Student Newspaper Article; Life Gets Torn to Shreds

A first year Civil Engineering student is today trying to piece together the broken shards that comprise his miserable existence after making the ill-advised decision to comment on an article shared online by Edinburgh University’s student newspaper – The Student.

After reading The Student’s article ‘Ableism on Campus: An Investigation’ yesterday evening, Jack Doff, 18, was still unsure of what the terms ‘heternormalisation’ and ‘cisgendered’ – used in the piece – meant, and thus proceeded to comment, asking other readers for clarification. This is a decision he immediately lived to regret.

Within minutes, Doff had been labeled a ‘rampant misogynist’ and a ‘virulent homophobe’ by fellow commenters, which was then not helped, when in his confusion he commented with a sole ‘?’. This led commenters to further infer that he had an inability to give an adequate apology, and was arrogantly unable to allow those in oppressed positions a voice.

The final nail was then firmly wedged into his coffin when he was defended by a group of Tory party members and ‘anti safe space’ campaigners. “Doesn’t surprise me one bit that you’re friends with these guys” read one comment, which received 176 ‘likes’.

At the time of writing, Doff had been censored by the feminist society, been the subject of three student council motions – calling for his immeadiate withdrawl from the university and emigration to Australia – and had, had his Green Party membership suspended. This suspension was then later retracted, as Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Party gave a public statement saying: “Honestly, we need all the support we can get.”

In an interview with Flipside, Doff said: “I don’t know what a safe space is and these people who are against it certainly aren’t my friends, I don’t think, although people have been insisting that they are. I really don’t have any idea what happened, I’m just going to go back to Kings, we’re usually safe from EUSA Politics there. Is this EUSA’s fault? I don’t know. I’m really sorry, I won’t trouble anyone again I promise.”

Currently the hashtag #Doffout is trending on the social media website Twitter and anti-Doff rallys are planned in Newscastle, Birmingham, London and Glasgow for the weekend.

Meanwhile, the Tory government are set to impose further cuts to disabled people across the UK.

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