Alabama sorority pulls ‘objectifying’ recruitment video following backlash
The Alpha Phi sorority chapter at the University of Alabama has removed its recruitment video from all its social media after receiving backlash for objectifying its members and lacking diversity.
A guest writer for AL.com, A.L. Bailey, compared the video to Playboy and Girls Gone Wild and writes that it’s “worse for women than Donald Trump.”Bailey points out that the video mentions nothing about the sorority’s philanthropy efforts or ideals and claims that it relies wholly on looks. Bailey writes:
It’s all so racially and aesthetically homogenous and forced, so hyper-feminine, so reductive and objectifying, so Stepford Wives: College Edition. It’s all so… unempowering.
The video portrays sorority girls laughing, dancing, and seemingly having a good time, completely oblivious of what’s to come once they release the video. Bailey interprets their carefree dispositions as “making it so terribly difficult for anyone to take them seriously.”
Responses to the video and the criticism it has received have been mixed:
Though the sorority took the video down, countless YouTubers have reuploaded the video. You can still see it here: