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Oxford University Bans Clapping At Student Union Events To "Stop Triggering Anxiety"

What kind of grudge do British universities have against clapping? Roughly one year after the University of Manchester Student Union banned clapping at its events – choosing to instead ask audiences to use ‘jazz hands’ to show their appreciation for a performance – students at the University of Oxford are working to “replace clapping” because it could “trigger anxiety.”

Like their peers in Manchester, they will ask audiences to use silent hand-wave motion called “jazz hands”.

The motion to “mandate the encouragement of silent clapping” successfully passed in a vote taken by the school’s Student Union during their first meeting of the new school year.

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William H Warrick III MD
William H Warrick III MD
October 26, 2019

Millennials have crazy ideas. Jazz hands? WTF?

Terry R
Terry R
Reply to  William H Warrick III MD
October 27, 2019

Clapping was considered too macho for them

David Robertson
David Robertson
October 27, 2019

Bizarre and not a little creepy.

Tales from American Diplunacy
Tales from American Diplunacy
October 28, 2019

Nothing to do with clapping. It’s Oxford’s, much like Yale’s and Harvard’s (et. al.) incessant propagandizing and manipulation of its students’ perceptions of the world at large that creates that anxiety, when it directly conflicts with emerging facts to the contrary.

Polovtsian Dances
Polovtsian Dances
October 28, 2019

The problem with ‘jazz hands’ is that it infers some sense of rhythm to properly perform, something inherently rare in the British genome. So that concept of ‘waving’ runs a high risk of creating anxiety itself, by the potential disunity of thousands of hands waving out of synch. 😉

Sorry native Brits, I know there are exceptions but in general and apart from coordinating your moves with US intelligence agencies, you ain’t got no rhythm.

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