This year, they fucked up. Big time.
Their issue this year was Disney themed and their cover story was a satirical Disney-esque fairy-tale about bros and gang rape. Yes gang rape.
Given the recent events at BU, you know the allegations against the hockey team for sexual assault, this seems rather... uncouth.
Here is a take on it from Jezebel and one from Liz Pelly at the Phoenix. (I prefer Liz Pelly's as I'm not a huge fan of Jezebel at all) You can read about it from the angle of the fighting against rape culture at either of those. I endorse both of these articles. More so Liz's, hers is much more thoughtful.
As someone who writes for the FREEP, and enjoys jokes about Bros, I'd like to beg the question, What the fuck were you thinking in the first place? For a moment let's forget about the sexual assault allegations against our Hockey Team, the recent up-swing in a call to destroy rape culture, Barstool, Occupy, feminism and all the side story.
Writing a parodied news story about gang rape would never be in good taste ever. It really isn't funny. The story was bizarre at best, and at worst quite a disgusting gaffe from what is generally a decent school newspaper.
The backlash has been great. The funniest thing I heard was someone calling to cut funding for The Daily Free Press. Calling to cut funding to our school's only newspaper is a dangerous thing to ask for to start, and secondly impossible as the paper is completely independent from the school. While the fuck up is immense, you can not possibly in good conscience ask for our only and independent news source at BU to be shut down. While they obviously have overseers and advertisers to please, you can't ask for your voice to be taken away. While not directly your first amendment speech, The Daily Free Press stand for independence and news. Something our society has seen greatly diminished. News in our world has far too many overseers to be very independent.
So while I watch the girl next to me post to Facebook the Jezebel article, think for a second. Before regurgitating, contemplate. What the Freep did is inexcusable, and in bad taste, but the editors can't get fired or receive school sanctions. A. Because the paper is independent. and B. because that would go against the very nature of you posting that Jezebel article to Facebook. It is everyone's right to speak freely. We are lucky to have an independent newspaper that fucked up so bad it's not even funny.
In summation, what they published was wrong and you have every right to be upset and perturbed. It was disgusting and humorless and an awful awful execution of satire. And no the apology (found here) was not good or fast enough for such an awful misjudgment. But also be careful about wishing the end of an independent news source.
Also to put things in perspective, this was supposed to be a joke and the real sexual assaults didn't get as much fanfare.
P.S. (This was pointed out by a friend. BU did buy a huge chunk of future advertising from the paper to save them from debt, a no-strings-attached donation of sorts, in order for the paper to retain their independence, and not shut down)