As Heat Street‘s Politics Editor Jillian Melchior reported this week, a new policy at the University of Michigan allows students to choose their preferred pronouns — including the gender-neutral “they” and “ze” — to appear on class rosters.
With that in mind, one conservative student, Grant Strobl, who is also chairman of the Young Americans for Freedom board of governors, decided to troll the university administration by officially requesting his pronoun to be changed to “His Majesty.”
— Grant Strobl (@grantstrobl) September 28, 2016
Although Strobl says he has “no problem with students asking to be identified a certain way,” he thought it important to show just how ludicrous it is for universities to institutionalize the use of “arbitrary” pronouns and threaten disciplinary action if students and staff repeatedly fail to use them.
“I henceforth shall be referred to as: His Majesty, Grant Strobl. I encourage all U-M students to go onto Wolverine Access, and insert the identity of their dreams,” he told the College Fix.
I hereby declare my pronouns to be the following:
Men shall address me as “my lord”
Women shall address me as “daddy”#UMPronounChallenge
— Adi (@hack_n_chill) September 29, 2016
#UMPronounChallenge Grand Vizier
— Rockford McQueen (@RockfordMcQueen) September 30, 2016
— Peter Van Voorhis (@RepublicanPeter) September 28, 2016
Of course, there were some butthurt by all this; e.g.:
#UMpronounchallenge because making a mockery of ppl feeling safe at a public college worth thousands of dollars is SUPER FUNNY, right guys?!
— halloqueen (@_dad76) September 30, 2016
Actually, it’s making fun of an asinine policy, but mocking your ilk is also hilarious.