Ole Miss Frat Boys Counter-Protesting Video depicting students at UM mocking a pro-palestine protestor.

Ole Miss Frat Boys Counter-Protesting Video

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The Ole Miss Frat Boys Counter-Protesting Video refers to a viral video of white frat boys at the University of Mississippi, aka Ole Miss, counter-protesting their college's Pro-Palestinian protest by yelling, hooting, hollering, chanting "lock her up" and one boy allegedly impersonating a monkey directed toward a Black woman opposing them. One of the male students is also seen wearing American flag overalls while both sides are recording each other and police attempt to intervene. The video went viral in early May 2024 after it was posted to Twitter / X. Viral reactions, reposts and quotes of the video appeared en masse shortly after, with some praising them and the school while many others were critical and called the frat boys racist and ignorant of the 2023-2024 Israel-Hamas Conflict.

Origin

On May 2nd, 2024, X[1] user @StaceyJSpiehler tweeted a video taken at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) showing a crowd of mostly white male students cheering and hollering amid a confrontation with a Black woman who was recording them — many of the male students recording her too. The boys start chanting "lock her up" and one boy seemingly impersonates a monkey while dancing and making noises.[9] In one day, the video received roughly 1.9 million views and 2,900 likes (shown below).


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Later on May 2nd, 2024, the video was reposted by X[2] user @ashtonpittman who was critical of the male students, writing, "A white Ole Miss frat boy dances like a monkey and makes monkey noises near a Black woman who was protesting for Palestine." In one day, his tweet received over 16.9 million views and 19,000 likes.

X[2] user @ashtonpittman's tweet received multiple viral quotes and replies. For instance, on May 2nd, 2024, X[3] user @EmCohen_ quoted it, writing, "this is a klan rally" (as in the Ku Klux Klan), receiving over 57,000 likes in a day (shown below, left).

Also on May 2nd, X[4] user @MikePrysner quoted, writing, "If it’s any consolation to the young woman who was subjected to this, she helped further reveal what kind of people support Israel rn," receiving over 85,000 likes in a day (shown below, right).


÷ Em Cohen @EmCohen_ this is a klan rally. Ashton Pittman @ashtonpittman • 15h A white Ole Miss frat boy dances like a monkey and makes monkey noises near a Black woman who was protesting for Palestine. Is this heart warming? (Video: @StaceyJSpiehler) x.com/tatereeves/sta... 0:45 • 11:19 PM May 2, 2024 921.8K Views Mike Prysner @MikePrysner If it's any consolation to the young woman who was subjected to this, she helped further reveal what kind of people support Israel rn Ashton Pittman @ashtonpittman • 15h A white Ole Miss frat boy dances like a monkey and makes monkey noises near a Black woman who was protesting for Palestine. Is this heart warming? (Video: @StaceyJSpiehler) x.com/tatereeves/sta... 0:43 11:16 PM May 2, 2024 1.5M Views

While many criticized the male students, others championed them, like X[5] user @PhilHollowayEsq who tweeted the video on May 3rd, 2024, writing, "Looks like I’ll be adding Ole Miss to the list of colleges to visit with my oldest," receiving roughly 6,600 likes in less than a day (shown below, left).

Others then countered @PhilHollowayEsq's tweet in several quotes, like X[6] user @the_transit_guy on May 3rd, who parodied @PhilHollowayEsq, saying, "*Sees a white student make monkey noises at a black student* 'This seems like a great choice for my child!'" The quote gained over 27,000 likes in less than a day (shown below, right).


Phil Holloway @PhilHollowayEsq Looks like I'll be adding Ole Miss to the list of colleges to visit with my oldest From Richard Hanania • 7:52 AM May 3, 2024 1.3M Views Hayden Clarkin @the_transit_guy *Sees a white student make monkey noises at a black student* "This seems like a great choice for my child!" Phil Holloway @PhilHollowayEsq. 6h Looks like I'll be adding Ole Miss to the list of colleges to visit with my oldest 0:45 8:17 AM May 3, 2024 889.4K Views ...

Also on May 2nd, 2024, the video was reposted by Redditor[7] Equationist to /r/PublicFreakout, captioning it, "Frat bros make monkey noises at black pro-Palestine protester," receiving over 4,100 upvotes in a day. Redditors shared multiple comments under the post that were mostly critical of the male students (shown below).


Ο ReduceReuse Reuse What school is this? 1.3K 12h ago Reply ↑ Share Equationist OP. 12h ago Ole Miss 1.5K Reply ↑ Share Jenilion 11h ago Living in Mississippi is punishment enough. 1.8K Reply ↑ Share Cooking UpChicken 7h ago Mississippi is last on lists you want to be on.. And first on lists you don't want to be on. 309 Reply ↑ Share Jbrown183. 4h ago Especially with these idiots around, I just want to slap each one individually 66 Reply ↑ Share loudflower 4h ago And continuously 16 Reply ↑ Share + 1 more reply

Congressman Mike Collins' Post

On May 3rd, 2024, Republican Congressman Mike Collins, who'd been serving as the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 10th Congressional district since 2023, reposted the video on X,[8] captioning it, "Ole Miss taking care of business." His tweet received over 3.5 million views and 4,200 likes in less than a day (shown below).


Rep. Mike Collins @RepMikeCollins Ole Miss taking care of business. 0:50 From Richard Hanania • • 8:08 AM May 3, 2024 3.6M Views Follow

Congressman Collins' tweet sparked viral backlash among many, evident in a quote[10] shared by former Ohio Senator Nina Turner on May 3rd, who wrote, "This is a video showing anti-Blackness. This is a sitting Congressman applauding it," amassing over 28,000 likes in less than a day (shown below).


Nina Turner @ninaturner This is a video showing anti-Blackness. This is a sitting Congressman applauding it. Rep. Mike Collins @RepMikeCollins • 6h Ole Miss taking care of business. 0:50 9:59 AM May 3, 2024 752.4K Views

Various Examples


Northwest Cee @CeeHawk Subscribe ... If a large group of white guys are mocking you about a thing you're supporting, you're right. History proves it. You are not only correct, but they are going to use the pictures and videos of the event to show how correct you are for years and years. Ashton Pittman @ashtonpittman • 15h A white Ole Miss frat boy dances like a monkey and makes monkey noises near a Black woman who was protesting for Palestine. Is this heart warming? (Video: @StaceyJSpiehler) x.com/tatereeves/sta... 0:43 7:38 AM May 3, 2024 1.5M Views Richard Hanania @RichardHanania Subscribe This video from Ole Miss is beautiful, but guys, please put away the phones. Be in the moment when you're mocking the Hamas loving fat girl. 0:50 • 12:42 AM May 3, 2024 1.6M Views • leftwick @lefttwick there was a very silly left twitter era where people thought it was epic to act like they were about to stuff dweebs in lockers before driving to the hometown game with their cheerleader gf, so it's good we've once again realized that frat bros are the vanguard of fascism and not nerds Ashton Pittman @ashtonpittman • 15h A white Ole Miss frat boy dances like a monkey and makes monkey noises near a Black woman who was protesting for Palestine. Is this heart warming? (Video: @StaceyJSpiehler) x.com/tatereeves/sta... 0:45 FAX1 11:28 PM May 2, 2024 2.1M Views Ryan L. Nave @rlnave Who could have imagined that white Ole Miss frat boys turned an anti- war protest into a pro-Trump rally Russ Latino @RussLatino · 23h Scenes from Ole Miss today: I think it's fair to say this did not go the way pro- Palestinian protesters hoped. #FratBros 0:05 TRUMP EEP 20- GREATE • . 2:57 PM May 2, 2024 657.7K Views ... Caroline @carolinekwan These frat boys grand daddies must be so proud Ashton Pittman @ashtonpittman • 15h A white Ole Miss frat boy dances like a monkey and makes monkey noises near a Black woman who was protesting for Palestine. Is this heart warming? (Video: @StaceyJSpiehler) x.com/tatereeves/sta... 0:42 5:22 AM May 3, 2024 205.1K Views JokicJoestar @JoestarJokic nice that there's such a big overlap between racists and people who love wearing the american flag, produces a lot of good symbolism Ashton Pittman @ashtonpittman • 15h A white Ole Miss frat boy dances like a monkey and makes monkey noises near a Black woman who was protesting for Palestine. Is this heart warming? (Video: @StaceyJSpiehler) x.com/tatereeves/sta... 0:45 EAST 9:33 AM May 3, 2024 25.7K Views

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