The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in their attempt to be more progressive, recently rolled out some new policies that allow students to request their preferred names (as opposed to their real names) to be printed on their student identification cards.
The policies were supposedly passed to allow “non binary” individuals to effortlessly change their preferred names to any names they would rather be known by. Teachers and professors are expected to refer to students by their new names rather than the names they were born with.
Naturally, some trolling had to take place.
Tyler Roope, a disabled wheelchair-bound UCLA student and the hero of our story decided to see just how far the school would go to uphold their new policies. He requested that his name be changed to “Lightning-Kachow-McQ” – a reference to a character from the movie “Cars”, named “Lightening Mcqueen” whose favorite catchphrase is “Kachow”.
Tyler was basically making a self deprecating joke about his disability. “I did this because honestly lightning McQueen is red with 4 tires and so am I. It makes me feel good:)-” he explained later.
“The boundaries had to be tested and I can’t believe this actually worked” Tyler posted on Twitter. “My professors now legally have to call me this. Kachow boys”
Here’s what Tyler’s original identification card looked like:
Here’s what the new one looks like:
So a disabled person person with a fantastic sense of humor made a joke about himself while (unintentionally) exposing just how ridiculous attempts to appease special snowflakes are. Well this looks like a good enough time for me to make this about myself and get offended:
Of course not everyone had their heads up their asses. Others could see it for what it was; just good old self-deprecating humour:
Tyler is now a top contender for my “greatest student troll of all time” award, along with the student who officially changed his preferred pronoun to “Your Majesty”