At least 10 incoming freshmen in Harvard’s class of 2021 have lost acceptance to the university after posting memes joking about sexual assault and battery, the Holocaust, and abusing and hanging children in a private group called “Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens.”
The Harvard Crimson first reported the story and secured screenshots of the chats, as well as an interview with one of the students who lost their acceptance. One image allegedly referenced the lynching of a Mexican child with the caption “Piñata time.”
Harvard University uses the disclaimer on numerous Facebook properties:
“Harvard College reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission under various conditions including if an admitted student engages in behavior that brings into question his or her honesty, maturity, or moral character.”
“Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens” began as an offshoot of Harvard’s primary meme group for rising freshmen, which numbered 100 members or so. That group was broader and used primarily to share memes about “popular culture,” according to the Crimson.
Students who sought admission to “bourgeois teens,” defined as the “R-rated” meme group, were required to post something more objectionable to the primary group (often called an “edgy meme” or a “spicy meme”).
Harvard does not publicly comment on the acceptance status of individuals. They’ve remarked in the past that decisions on admissions are final, however.
One of the students who faced the loss of his acceptance shared the warning he received from the Admissions Office with the Crimson. In part, it states:
The Admissions Committee was disappointed to learn that several students in a private group chat for the Class of 2021 were sending messages that contained offensive messages and graphics […] As we understand you were among the members contributing such material to this chat, we are asking that you submit a statement by tomorrow at noon to explain your contributions and actions for discussion with the Admissions Committee.Advertisement
The student, who chose to remain anonymous, added that the letter notified accepted students that their admission status was in jeopardy and subject to a review. Students were also barred from attending events for prospective students until decisions had been made about their acceptances.
One week later, letters reached “at least 10” members of “Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens,” informing them that their admission offers had been revoked.