Turning Point USA (TPUSA) at Kent State University received backlash after holding an “embarrassing” anti-safe space event on Wednesday.
TPUSA members, with assistance from the Young Americans for Liberty Chapter (YAL), set up a baby guardrail, child-oriented activities, and dressed in diapers and baby-like clothes as part of the event.
Liberal students at the university responded by posting flyers criticizing TPUSA around campus. One flyer noted Charlie Kirk, Turning Point’s founder, writes for Breitbart, a supposed “neo-nazi/white supremacist (alt-right) newspaper.” Another flyer called the demonstration “embarrassing.”
Kent State TPUSA President Kaitlin Bennett told Campus Reform that “the idea . . . was to show how ridiculous safe spaces are.”
“We were being ridiculous and absurd on purpose to showcase how adults look when they say words hurt their feelings,” she said, adding that she feels the outcome of the event was generally positive as TPUSA “got so many people talking and a lot of people loved our props.”
Although there was a backlash towards the event, Bennett believes “[t]he majority of people who didn’t like it were the SJW keyboard warriors who stalk TPUSA at Kent State’s Twitter.”
According to Maggie Pusateri, a freshman in the TPUSA chapter, “liberals saw the event solely through emotion, as usual, rather than through reason.”
“Yes, it could be taken offensively, but the reason we do events like this is to get people’s attention, not because we believe they actually wear diapers or anything!” she added.
Unfortunately for the Kent State chapter of TPUSA, the event has been condemned by regional staff of the group.
According to TPUSA’s official Twitter account, the event “clearly crossed the line and delved into the very obscure and inappropriate.”
Although TPUSA stated it supported the intention of the event, the “execution and choice of imagery was poor in taste.”
— Turning Point USA (@TPUSA) October 20, 2017
Featured Image Via Facebook/Kent State TPUSA