Harvard comedy news show “On Harvard Time” issued a response to criticism of a reference made to the murder of Annie Le GRD ’13 in their Yale admissions video parody “Why Did I Choose Yale?”
In the video a girl playing a prospective Yale student asks: “What happened to that girl who got murdered and stuffed in a wall?”
Members of the Yale community, including the News, responded Tuesday and Wednesday.
In their statement “On Harvard Time” said they would remove the reference and post the edited video:
Our intention was to comment on Yale’s guarded treatment of their crime problems.The humor rested in the glossing over of a significant event, and not in the event itself. The line was not meant to make light of the incident or those involved, but rather to mock the University.
However, over the last 24 hours we’ve received feedback from members of the Yale community who were closely connected to this incident.These students and faculty members have voiced concern that the line makes light of this student’s murder and goes beyond parody. This was certainly not our intention in writing it, but we understand this response and sincerely apologize for any offense it may have caused.The last thing we’d want to do is upset anyone personally connected to the incident.
As such we have decided to remove the video and replace it with a version that does not include this reference which we are working to post as soon as possible. We hope you continue to enjoy what we believe is an otherwise well-humored and good-natured parody.
[via New Haven Register]