Ten incoming Harvard freshmen have had their admission offers rescinded by the university for sharing memes that have been described as “offensive”. According to The Harvard Crimson, a handful of admitted students formed the messaging group—titled, at one point, “Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens” and at another time, “General fuckups” —on Facebook in late December, where they shared the memes. It is not clear how the school administration got word of what was going on in the group chat.
Some of the memes could be described as racist and perhaps too sexually explicit, as they include jokes about the Holocaust, pedophilia, suicide, racism, school shootings, and bestiality. A member of the now disbanded group decided to leak some of the memes from the group so people could judge for themselves if the school administration was in the right or not:
Just for the record, I have shared (and made) memes that are more fucked up that this. I can however see where the school is coming from, and why they felt like they had to take action. They have a public image to defend after-all, and i can’t imagine having a bunch of websites writing articles titled “Harvard students share rape jokes on Facebook” can be good for business. People really need to learn to start separating their personal life from their online life, especially if you plan on posting politically incorrect stuff online. Stop linking your places of work and school on your Facebook or Twitter profiles, you’re just making it easy for them to find you.