Magdalen College’s £185-a-ticket ball, inspired by F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, promises to take revellers ‘back to 1926’. It has been marketed using the quote: ‘Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can!’
But Arushi Garg, a Magdalen law student, has criticised the ball, saying it would force people to remember ‘a college devoid of women and people of colour’.
She told the student newspaper Cherwell: ‘1926 at Magdalen was a time when people of colour and women were entirely absent from college spaces. I felt uncomfortable with the advertising.
‘Obviously my demographic (woman of colour from a former colony that remains a developing country) makes me less likely than others to uncritically long for a past that privileged some more than others.
‘But it would be nice if they cut down on the nostalgia a bit, because if we were re-living the past, the corridors of institutional spaces like Magdalen/Oxford is definitely not where you would find people of my gender, race and nationality.
‘I wrote to the Magdalen organisers and they engaged quite respectfully with me,
No respect should be shown for such idiocy. You’re an idiot dear and you should be told so.
Lincoln College’s New Orleans ball promises ‘amazing jazz ’, ‘spectacular Mardi Gras’ and ‘clandestine magic’.
But critics, including co-chairmen of the student union’s Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality, say it shows a ‘nostalgia for an era of history steeped in racism’.
You too. An idiot. Now fuck off.