Virginia Tech’s women’s lacrosse team is under fire after video of them singing along to a song called “Freaky Friday” ended up on Twitter. What’s the harm in a group singalong? Well, the N-word is involved and everyone involved is white, so the optics aren’t exactly great here.
Their coach John Sung called it a “teachable moment” in an interview with The Roanoke Times:
“This is a teachable moment,” Sung said Monday in a phone interview. “It’s not something that we’re proud of. The team is very apologetic and sorry.
“There’s nobody of any color that should say it. Period. There’s nobody that should say it.”
Before everyone breaks out the pitchforks on Va Tech’s lacrosse team, Coach Sung pointed this was a celebratory occasion after a win over Elon this past Saturday:
They had just won. They’re singing songs. The first couple songs were Disney songs. … They were celebrating and they were dancing and they were excited.
I’ll go ahead and take the unpopular position and say this isn’t racist at all — the team had just won and were singing a song that happens to feature an explicit word. This isn’t even close to a Harley Barber situation. However, we can all agree that taking a Snap of everyone singing the N-word and uploading it is a ridiculously stupid decision.
Statement from Virginia Tech head coach John Sung pic.twitter.com/S9nSOVDcL4
— Virginia Tech Lacrosse (@HokiesLax) March 26, 2018