University Of Oxford Student Council Bans Clapping In Favor Of Jazz Hands

The University of Oxford student council passed a motion to make people use jazz hands instead of traditional clapping.

Oxford, England – The student council at the University of Oxford passed mandate to encourage people to use “silent jazz hands” at meetings and other student union events in lieu of traditional clapping so as not to “trigger” sensitive students.

The student council voted to ban clapping since “loud noises, including whooping and traditional applause, are argued to present an access issue for some disabled students who have anxiety disorders, sensory sensitivity, and/or those who use hearing impairment aids,” according to The Oxford Student.

The motion called for the use of British Sign Language clapping, which is otherwise known as silent jazz hands.

Student council officers will lobby the University of Oxford to implement the same policy at all university and college level events, The Oxford Student reported.

Manchester University in England passed a similar rule in October of 2018, according to The Telegraph.

Sara Khan, a member of the Manchester student union, said the move was made because the traditional approval gesture of clapping hands was not “accessible” to all students.

The Manchester motion noted that “loud noises including whooping and traditional applause can pose an issue for students with disabilities such as anxiety or sensory issues.”

English broadcaster Piers Morgan and many others posted snarky responses to the announcement about University of Oxford’s conversation to jazz hands on Twitter.

“… re your ban on clapping to stop students with anxiety being triggered, & use of silent 'jazz hands' instead..,” Morgan tweeted.

“a) Performing 'jazz hands' is racist. b) Your new rule excludes blind people, so will make them feel marginalised. c) Grow a pair you imbeciles,” he wrote.

Comments (31)
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Aonochikara
Aonochikara

You know you're virtue signaling too hard when Piers Morgan says you've gone too far.

RetCanMilSpouse
RetCanMilSpouse

I am very sensitive to loud sounds and while I understand why they want to do that, it's just as easy to put in earplugs to dampen the volume. I don't go to a movie without them. I think it would be better to ask people to clap politely than to remain silent. An auditorium of people doing jazz hands isn't going to prevent a person with anxiety disorders from having an attack, lol. Seriously, people should have forums and debates to see different sides of issues before making silly rules like this.

LEO0301
LEO0301

This may be the first time I have ever agreed with Piers Morgan.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

This has to be an article from Theonion.com or some other satirical website....

There is no way any real university could be this stupid....

JBo
JBo

Is this the same England that fought the Germans tooth and nail to the death?

TiredOfTheHypocrisy
TiredOfTheHypocrisy

What about the fact that some will be triggered because they get less “jazz hands” raised by the crowd; and just how is this change fair to blind or “seeing impaired” students???

OR...What about the ones who doze off? The applause won’t wake them and their feelings will be hurt. That will be even worse when a snowflake’s parent dozes off at an event and the little darling doesn’t see mum or dad jazz handing at the end. Ohhhhh the horrors!

Storm45
Storm45

The two most disgusting words in the english language: "Inclusiveness", and "entitlement".

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

The same university that issues one of the most respected English dictionaries in the world, also now encourages people to use gobbledygook language...

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Really? 🤤

Stanracer
Stanracer

Wait....what???? Political correctness run amuck! So sad!

Mellie1964
Mellie1964

What a bunch of crap. Its really stupid these losers need to just go to their safe space

Mtmartianesq
Mtmartianesq

Okay let me understand this. Oxford wants to join Manchester in silent acknowledgement of whatever? Should they participate in a sporting event such as Football (soccer for those of us in U.S. and Canada) or Rugby they will be able to set a new Guinness Record for the quietest cheering never heard!

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Trigger this, Fuck you, the horse you rode in on and the little black dog that followed you.

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

Hijacking the communication of the deaf to create a false halo for yourself and achieve a new low in shameless attention seeking. This is the embodiment of selfishness.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

BAHAHAHA!!! Turning out some really mature students at a once extremely good college! Better to just issue headsets to the triggered students! Then they could just tune out everything that triggers them!

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Poor people, pitty party........ When I just saw the hands raised and banning clapping I thought they were going to recommend snapping the bands on their wrists.........do that enough and the problem will take care of itself........ This world is so nuts. It's like a fiction novel.

Momof9
Momof9

My young grandson has autism and is very sensitive to sound. He just wears his sound-dampening headset when he goes someplace noisy. He's young but still doesn't expect the world to change for him.