Brian Farnan, a student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, recently had to apologize when he emailed a parody GIF video of President Obama kicking a door to his fellow students.
Along with the GIF (below), Farnan wrote the caption, “Honestly midterms get out of here,” noted Legal Insurrection.
Apparently some students felt the fake GIF, which aired on “The Tonight Show” last year (video below), was racist.
An unidentified student issued a formal complaint against Farnan for committing a “micro-aggression.”
The decision to force Farnan to apologize was made by an “equity commissioner,” reports The Daily Caller.
“Despite the innocent intentions influencing my decision to use this particular image, I have come to recognize the negative implications of adding the GIF image within this given context,” wrote Farnan in his apology letter.
“By using this particular image of President Obama, I unknowingly perpetuated this living legacy and subsequently allowed a medium of [Student Society of McGill University] communication to become the site of a microaggression; for this, I am deeply sorry,” added Farnan.
However, another student at the school is offended that Farnan had to apologize, according to the campus paper's website, The Bull & Bear.
That student wrote in a letter:
If I learned anything at McGill, it’s that a vocal minority has deemed us all to be both oppressed as well as oppressors. The radical social culture which we, the silent majority, despise has dominated both SSMU and our campus politics for years. Brian Farnan’s latest email is no exception. We have come to a point where the radicals at McGill have hijacked campus politics, pushing their agenda on their Macs and smartphones.