Oxford University has been recognized for centuries as a premier institution of higher learning. Apparently their student union has decided that it’s more important that Oxford be recognized as one big safe space.
Clapping is now considered anxiety trigger, 'jazz hands' to replace applause at Oxford https://t.co/4ZzL0qBvjK
— AJC (@ajc) October 24, 2019
More from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Instead of putting hands together to celebrate something, students are now being encouraged to pull them apart, throw them in the air and do what’s called jazz hands when celebrants shake their hands in the air, Metro reported.
Oxford isn’t the only institute of higher learning to silence claps. The University of Manchester passed a similar rule last year, The Telegraph reported. Manchester added the suggestion to the inclusion training for new students, according to The Telegraph.
The change is to help calm those whose anxiety may be triggered by the loud noise of clapping. It also may cause an issue for those with sensory sensitivity and those with hearing aids, Oxford’s student union said.
— Cbeck (@junebug4869) October 24, 2019
— Uniting and Conquering (@Travis47361307) October 24, 2019
Heaven forbid there ever be any real cause for anxiety. These people will all drop dead of a heart attack! Ridiculous!!!
— Rebecca Rowe (@RebeccaRowe65) October 24, 2019
What are those people born without fingers going to do? How are they going to feel? Honestly, it is best all-round if we just look at the floor and gently sniff if we appreciate something. Anything else is a hate crime really.
— Rauly (@RaulMiranda1981) October 24, 2019
From withstanding The Blitz to being triggered by clapping in less than 100 years. Who says evolution doesn’t work fast?
— Bill Denbrough (@BDenbrough) October 24, 2019