Finally, just one more outrage from the Academy. Students at the University of California-Davis rented a pair of sumo suits for a campus party. Sumo suits — did you know there was such a thing as a sumo suit? I didn't.
A sumo suit is just a huge padded yellow thing you wear to appear really fat, like a sumo wrestler. It comes with a shiny black wig, complete with sumo wrestler top-knot. So you get a couple of these suits and pretend to sumo wrestle, while your fraternity buddies stand around cheering you on.
For the grievance lobbies this was a twofer. One, there's the cultural appropriation of white kids dressed up as Japanese. Then two, there's the whole fat-shaming thing. The quantity of grievance here was enough to bend light.
Quote from student Phil Jones on his Facebook page, quote:I was shocked. February 19th was Remembrance Day for Japanese internment during WWII, and some of my Japanese friends were heavily traumatized by seeing their culture mocked in such a clearly racist fashion. Not to mention, as a heavy-American, I don't appreciate the blatant Fat-Shaming involved with caricaturing one of the few sports traditionally enjoyed by Heavy individuals.End quote. Mr Jones went on to demand, quote, "reparations payments" for, quote, "affected individuals."
That's the first time I've seen the phrase "heavy-American" in print, hyphenated. I doubt it'll be the last. What next? A Department of Heavy Studies? An NAAHP? Heavy Lives Matter? It can only be a matter of time.