Well, kids, it’s come to this:

https://twitter.com/Chet_Cannon/status/467321031825174528

Nope. It’s not a joke:

Students at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota have cancelled an event to celebrate the end of the year after complaints that bringing a camel on campus could offend those of Middle Eastern cultures.

The “Hump Day” event, put on by the Residence Hall Association (RHA), was supposed to be “a petting zoo type of atmosphere” in which students could hang out and take photos with a live camel. According to Aaron Macke, the group’s advisor, the camel is owned by a local vendor and trained for special events.

But the event was subsequently cancelled after students took to Facebook to proclaim their concerns. The students said they were concerned about the money spent on bringing the camel to campus—around $500—and the implication that it would be racially insensitive to Middle Eastern cultures.

https://twitter.com/ChrisBarnhart/status/467320153932169216

For what it’s worth, the student who planned it is really, really sorry, you guys. She doesn’t ever want something she’s “apart of to be offensive to anyone for any reason.”

From the college’s Residence Hall Association’s Facebook page:

camel planner girl

Oh well. If we’ve got to subject ourselves to colossal stupidity …

We might as well have some fun with it:

https://twitter.com/Matthops82/status/467321941406126080

Hey, speaking of presidents, the college might want to send a rep to the White House for a sensitivity training session:

Biden camel gif

Whoops!

https://twitter.com/ChrisBarnhart/status/467318884454772736

https://twitter.com/ChrisBarnhart/status/467322700881354753

https://twitter.com/ChrisBarnhart/status/467324754664243201

But why stop at camels? The entire animal kingdom is a hotbed of bigotry. Consider these notorious racists:

We’ve obviously got a lot to think about. This, on the other hand, we wish we’d never seen:

Shudder.