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UK Students: Ban Clapping and Whooping Because it Excludes the Deaf

UK Students: Ban Clapping and Whooping Because it Excludes the Deaf

Use ‘Jazz Hands’ instead.

If you thought campus craziness was a problem confined to the United States, guess again. University students in the UK want to ban whooping and clapping at events because these actions exclude deaf people.

Of course, using ‘Jazz Hands’ instead would exclude blind people but what do you expect in this situation, logic?

The Telegraph UK reported:

Whooping should be banned beause it excludes deaf people, Nation Union of Students say

Students who whoop, cheer and clap should face “consequences” because they are excluding deaf people, delegates at the National Union of Students conference said.

Audience members were repeatedly warned that they must cease whooping to express support for a speaker, because it has a “serious impact” on the accessibility of the conference.

Delegates at the NUS annual conference in Brighton were encouraged to use “jazz hands” instead of clapping – where students wave their hands in the air – as this is deemed a more inclusive form of expression.

Estelle Hart, an NUS elections committee member who was chairing a session on Thursday, told students: “No whooping, it does have a serious impact on some delegates ability to access conference.”

She later gave another “gentle reminder not to whoop”. Shelly Asquith, the NUS vice president for welfare, returned to the theme, telling delegates: “We’ve had a number of requests that people stop whooping”.

The Independent UK reports that a motion was even introduced to ban whooping and clapping:

NUS Motion Proposes Banning Whooping and Cheering At Student Conferences

Delegates from the University of Durham then proposed a motion which said that all clapping and whooping must be banned at all future NUS events.

The “access needs of disabled students are disregarded/overlooked in terms of conference member behaviour and NUS structures”, it said, adding that this can lead to the “safety and wellbeing” of disabled students being compromised.

So the motion calls for “reduced cheering or unnecessary loud noises on conference floor, including whooping and clapping” and warns of “consequences for those who ignore this requirement”, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Last year delegates banned clapping because they said it could trigger “clap-based anxiety”.

My first thought was that this sounded like something out of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. What would the clapping ladies say?


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I am indeed very fortunate for having my senses intact. The one I value most is common sense. Too bad it’s not common.

It would be easier to ban the deaf.

They didn’t take it far enough. Any demonstration of appreciation of or agreement with the speaker should be banned. We don’t want those who are inarticulate, untalented, or suffer from stage fright to be triggered.

buckeyeminuteman | April 30, 2017 at 8:34 am

How would the deaf know if you are whooping? I propose a rule wherein the deaf aren’t allowed to use sign language in public anymore. It excludes the hearing and I can’t be a part of the conversation. See how that works?

But wouldn’t the banning of clapping and whooping to cater to the deaf be discriminatory towards the blind who cannot see “jazz hands”?

Maybe instead of clapping or jazz hands, everybody can just fart to show their appreciation. That way nobody – not even that deaf, dumb and blind kid – is excluded.

    B__2 in reply to TomKey68. | April 30, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Sorry, that deaf dumb and blind kid isn’t at any of those events, he’s playing a mean pinball elsewhere.

Heinlein. “Crazy Years”.

What if you are disabled and can’t raise your hands?

They are beginning to bore me.

Breathing excludes dead people.

Should we stop breathing too?

What do they do if there’s a fire? Yelling “Fire!” would obviously “exclude” some.

Students who whoop, cheer and clap should face “consequences” because they are excluding deaf people, delegates at the National Union of Students conference said.

Doesn’t this exclude the blind who rely on their hearing for cues?


nordic_prince | April 30, 2017 at 10:37 am

Will no one rid us of these meddlesome leftists?

Maybe just ban all “speech” since the deaf can’t hear it.

Ban TV and movies since the blind can’t see them.

Ban sports since the physically disabled can’t participate.

It’s be simpler to just ban liberals

How ludicrous does it have to get before some of these PC zealots realize that they have finally jumped the shark?

This appears to be a form of exclusion not inclusion. “See, these people are not like you and me. Their inability to hear makes them into helpless snowflakes so we should not treat them like adults who can adapt to circumstances.” This is an insult to the deaf who just may be very skilled at picking up signals and being more aware of what is going on than these leftists could ever be. Leftists see differences and judge people based on those differences.

To be fair, we should also ban light from these meetings.

    DaveGinOly in reply to TX-rifraph. | April 30, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    There are those in the deaf community who are militant about their culture as deaf people. They don’t believe they’re handicapped. What would they think of banning clapping? They’d probably consider it condescending.

Connivin Caniff | April 30, 2017 at 1:05 pm

Couldn’t you just slap your hands on the deaf kid’s head?

I have a variation on Jazz Hands I use sometimes. It is called the Pop Finger, and I think it would have been deployed quite a bit in this situation.

Char Char Binks | April 30, 2017 at 2:09 pm

Keep it down will ya? All that racket is bothering the deaf people.

I pointed this out to some of my colleagues at the local deaf school, they laughed their asses off, out loud even.

These morons really don’t get how bigoted they are being do they?

Ban movies because the blind can’t see them?

Marginalize these morons. Don’t even dignify their idiocy.

    That’s been done already, more or less. Recently Berkeley had to remove 20,000 free educational videos because their lack of closed captions was deemed a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (i.e. deaf people couldn’t benefit from them therefore no one was allowed to).

The purpose of this stupidity, and it is intentional stupidity, isn’t to be “inclusive” or some such nonsense.

It is is simply an exercise in authoritarianship. What the students going along with this “jazz hands” BS are really saying is, “I am afraid, and will do whatever I’m told to do.”

As the author of the post and many others have noticed, “jazz hands” exclude blind people. If in two weeks the National Union of Students declares that “jazz hands” (isn’t that cultural appropriation, white students?) discriminate against blind people and anyone who uses them will be disciplined, these drones will obediently comply.

Because they are afraid, and will do whatever they’re told.

Anybody who knows their Orwell, “That’s not correct, Winston,” knows what I am talking about. Anybody who lived under the yoke of the USSR or the NORKs knows what I am talking about. I’m not having an original thought here, people. The whole point of the propaganda was the more ridiculous the better. To be able to force people to declare their belief in the most ridiculous of ideas was to get them to say, “I am afraid, and will do whatever I’m told.”

Their overlords were also telling their underlings, their subjects, who were simply mouthing the words without believing them, “You are alone and powerless.”

This is one reason I will not bend on the idea that there is such a thing as transgenderism. Now, to make it clear, I believe that anyone who suffers from gender disphoria needs to be treated with compassion. But the key words are “needs to be treated.” Not left untreated as the leftists who are trying to politicize the mental disorder are attempting. And why are they attempting it? Because they want to control your perception of reality.

You can not independently perceive reality. Reality is what they tell you it is. From day to day. Today clapping is out, “jazz hands” are in. Tomorrow, “jazz hands” are out, clapping is in. “That’s not correct, Winston.” Followed by the electric shock. However many fingers the party is holding up, that’s the answer the party needs no matter what the answer was yesterday.

I think anybody can see the truth in what I’m saying. Or at least evaluate the information I’m conveying on its own merits. The rest shouldn’t matter much because if I haven’t convinced anyone of the truth my claim to authority should not matter. But I was an intel officer for 20 years. If you’re a Naval Intelligence officer you’ve probably had reason to enter Layton Hall, the Fleet Intelligence Training Center, Pacific (FITCPAC). Who was Layton? Well, at the time I’m referring to, Edwin Layton was a Commander and Admiral Nimitz’s intel officer. And Nimitz told him he had one job.

Unlike all those “Hitler responds” vids you see, where Hitler orders everyone else out of the room so he can lay into the screw ups, Layton did his one job well. His job was to be the Japanese admiral on Nimitz’s staff.

I’m paraphrasing because I don’t have the right book in front of me, but after the battle of Midway Nimitz said to Layton, not bad, only off by five degrees and five minutes. Referring of course to Layton’s prediction of the location of the Japanese carriers and when they’d be discovered.

It’s been my life’s work to not only learn about the hardware but get inside the heads of America’s enemies. It’s an imprecise business but I’m much less wrong than the weatherman.

pilgrim1949 | May 1, 2017 at 11:41 am

How about banning thinking?

Oh, wait, they’ve essentially done that already via the Liberal-run educational system, haven’t they?

I’ve seen a bumper sticker around town in recent years:

Think. It’s not illegal, yet.

Just wait until these Emperors-in-waiting gain power. It will be.

So deaf people are capable of visually identifying “jazz hand” motions, but not “hand-clapping” motions? I did not know that.

Char Char Binks | May 1, 2017 at 4:45 pm

How many hands am I jazzing, Winston?


“How many hands am I jazzing, Winston?”

Winston: “How many does the party need there to be jazzing today?

Just don’t hurt me again!”

“Vaclav Havel
“The Power of the Powerless”

…{4}The manager of a fruit-and-vegetable shop places in his window, among the onions and carrots, the slogan: “Workers of the world, unite!” Why does he do it? What is he trying to communicate to the world? Is he genuinely enthusiastic about the idea of unity among the workers of the world? Is his enthusiasm so great that he feels an irrepressible impulse to acquaint the public with his ideals? Has he really given more than a moment’s thought to how such a unification might occur and what it would mean?

{5}I think it can safely be assumed that the overwhelming majority of shopkeepers never think about the slogans they put in their windows, nor do they use them to express their real opinions. That poster was delivered to our greengrocer from the enterprise headquarters along with the onions and carrots. He put them all into the window simply because it has been done that way for years, because everyone does it, and because that is the way it has to be. If he were to refuse, there could be trouble. He could be reproached for not having the proper decoration in his window; someone might even accuse him of disloyalty. He does it because these things must be done if one is to get along in life. It is one of the thousands of details that guarantee him a relatively tranquil life “in harmony with society,” as they say.

{6}Obviously the greengrocer . . . does not put the slogan in his window from any personal desire to acquaint the public with the ideal it expresses. This, of course, does not mean that his action has no motive or significance at all, or that the slogan communicates nothing to anyone. The slogan is really a sign, and as such it contains a subliminal but very definite message. Verbally, it might be expressed this way: “I, the greengrocer XY, live here and I know what I must do. I behave in the manner expected of me. I can be depended upon and am beyond reproach. I am obedient and therefore I have the right to be left in peace.” This message, of course, has an addressee: it is directed above, to the greengrocer’s superior, and at the same time it is a shield that protects the greengrocer from potential informers. The slogan’s real meaning, therefore, is rooted firmly in the greengrocer’s existence. It reflects his vital interests. But what are those vital interests?

{7}Let us take note: if the greengrocer had been instructed to display the slogan “I am afraid and therefore unquestioningly obedient;’ he would not be nearly as indifferent to its semantics, even though the statement would reflect the truth. The greengrocer would be embarrassed and ashamed to put such an unequivocal statement of his own degradation in the shop window, and quite naturally so, for he is a human being and thus has a sense of his own dignity. To overcome this complication, his expression of loyalty must take the form of a sign which, at least on its textual surface, indicates a level of disinterested conviction. It must allow the greengrocer to say, “What’s wrong with the workers of the world uniting?” Thus the sign helps the greengrocer to conceal from himself the low foundations of his obedience, at the same time concealing the low foundations of power. It hides them behind the facade of something high. And that something is ideology… ”

Virtue is not exclusive to any racy or nationality. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn taught me a great deal about a word much in the news these days. Resistance. So did Natan Sharansky. He was ordered by his KGB handlers, when he was finally released, to go straight to the car. He zig zagged the entire way.

What’s amusing to me is spent most of my professional life being THE MAN.

But I was never that man.

Totally off topic, but I almost got in trouble for not saluting an Air Force Light Cornell wearing BDUs because he literally had to walk within inches of me be before I could discern the Silver Oak leaves.

I congratulated him on the effectiveness of his camouflage, but somehow he wasn’t amused. Fortunately my admiral saw the humor in the situation. I have no understanding for why anyone would have to wear camo on Naval Station San Diego, but it hides oak leaves like nobody’s business.

I don’t want to generalize but for the most part, for the most part, the ground pounder O-6s and above seem to have a potato chip shoved up their #SW and they march around as if they don’t want to break it.

Anyone want to hear again how I got kicked out of Kadena Air Force Base O Club with the Navy SEALs? It’s a trick question. I left early when it was clear the hammer was about to drop.

“There I was, deep in the s&&&, playing snooker. And Florence showed up with the bar tab and the balls went everywhere…”

The Quahog also rises, a love story.

My Cinco de Mayo T-Shirt.

It pisses off all the wrong people. It starts conversations with all the right people. There’s still time to get yours. I have no financial interest.

Walking is disrespectful to the wheelchair bound.

And Street signs? They disrespect the blind.