'Jazz hands' demand creates universal eye roll

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

British flag with London skylineUniversity students concerned about hurt feelings have created a worldwide laugh at their expense.

Manchester University wants audiences to use "jazz hands" after a speech or performance – meaning waving or shaking their hands – because clapping could "trigger" people with anxiety issues.

In other word, clapping got a thumbs down in public after the student union voted to be more inclusive to "minority groups" on campus. 

Cue the backlash and mockery. "Britain's losing its mind," Piers Morgan, the former CNN host, tweeted.

British media outlets quoted an autistic Manchester graduate who mocked the decision with some British vulgarity, and a parent said her daughter who suffers from sensory issues needs noises to help her cope.

Author and conservative activist Janice Crouse tells OneNewsNow that clapping has been part of human culture for thousands of years.

"And I don't think anybody is well served," she observes, "when you insulate children with special needs from the routine sounds that they're going to have to live with."

The student union predictably retreated from the decision, claiming that it was "swapping out" but not banning clapping despite its own press release that stated clapping was "banned" at student union events.

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