RateBU.com, the Who’s Hot at Boston University bakeoff site, turns out to be as unresponsive as it is sexist. (Yeah yeah – it now features men as well as women, but that’s just equal-opportunity sexism.)
(Previous post and hardworking staff disclosure here.)
According to one campus source, any time a student’s photo is used without his/her permission on a BU-related site, the student can request it be removed; if it isn’t, an appeal can be filed with the BU Dean of Students for corrective action.
Apparently, a number of students have challenged their inclusion on RateBU, but the site’s creator, BU sophomore Justin Doody, has ignored them.
But BU Today has not ignored Justin Doody. From Monday’s edition:
New website sparks controversy
Much controversy, on and off campus, has been generated by a new website, created by a BU student, that allows users with a BU e-mail address to upload photos of BU women, whose looks can then be rated by other users.The site,RateBU.com, has been condemned as sexist and demeaning and has raised serious concerns about privacy. It has also garnered attention from national news media.
So this week, “YouSpeak” asks: “What is your reaction to RateBU.com?”
Interestingly, many commenters had a bigger problem with the BU Today piece than the RateBU website.
1) Before even addressing the issue, I just want to point out that this is absolutely awful reporting. You interviewed six people and then had five people for one side and let one kid hangout to dry on the other side. And as if that wasn’t biased enough, you have that awful ominous music in the background to only further add to the bias.
2) I have to agree that this video is biased. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not defending RateBu.com. I feel the same way about it as the girls in the video… BUT everyone interviewed in this video has the exact same opinion, with the exception of one man who is intentionally portrayed as the stereotypical, sexist “dumb jock.”
3) The obvious bias against RateBU.com is apparent in this video. The first commenter noticed this as well, but whoever made this video didn’t get a single person who supported this video but chose many people against, one person who was eh, and one person simply talking (neutrally!) about the legality of the website.
4) To the producers of this video, could you guys have failed any harder? Way to skew the whole subject you were covering by playing ominous music over a bunch of freshman girls crying about their privacy.
Doesn’t sound like this rumpus will die down anytime soon, does it?