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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Phi Delta Theta Suspended Over 'Beyonce' Sex Doll

 Phi Delta Theta Suspended Over 'Beyonce' Sex Doll

A University of Pennsylvania fraternity is currently on suspension by its international organisation and campus officials for posting a Christmas photo to Facebook on Sunday that included a black blow-up sex doll in the top left of the photo. 

The image was taken by 29 members of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, following their Secret Santa gift exchange. One of the members was said to have received the doll tagged "Beyoncé sex doll" as a gag gift during a Secret Santa event

A consortium of Penn minority groups condemned the photo as a “misogynistic, racist offense.” They have demanded that the fraternity be punished. 

A draft of an apology emailed to the UMOJA co-chairs and signed “The Brothers of Phi Delta Theta at the University of Pennsylvania,” said the doll was supposed to be a Beyoncé sex doll, but did not at all resemble the packaging or the pop star once removed, and was a “distasteful” joke. The apology added that “the absence of racial motivation is no justification for this act of poor judgement.”

Later that night, 5B — the five umbrella coalitions for minority organizations on campus — UMOJA, and the Penn Undergraduate Consortium for Women all emailed statements calling for the fraternity to be punished.

In an emailed statement, Associate Executive Vice President of Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity Sean Wagner said an investigation of the chapter will seek to determine how this “misguided decision” was made and determine an appropriate punishment and form of “educational action that will promote reform.”

“We are deeply concerned by this image,” Wagner wrote in the statement. “Phi Delta Theta is a values-based organization and the lack of judgment associated with this image indicates a disconnect from those same values.”

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