At University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, a Harry Potter mural is under fire because a student complained the mural represents “white power”, “man power”, “cis power”, “able power” and “class power”.
The mural, painted on a Residence Hall, is of Neville Longbottom, a character from the Harry Potter films. The mural shows Neville as both a nerdy boy and an attractive young man — transformed, according to the mural’s caption, by a stay at the University’s Residence Hall.
Watch a snowflake melt down over a Harry Potter mural that “represents white power, man power, cis power.” https://t.co/q5i0klYbWU
— Heat Street (@heatstreet) September 25, 2016
This depiction of Neville Longbottom made one student “very upset”. Heat Street obtained reports of bias from the University, the complaint is as follows:
“[The mural] represents our ideal society and everything I am trying to fight against. It represents white power. Man power. Cis power. Able power. Class power. ECT [sic] ect. I am angry that I know the people who put this mural up, and I am anger [sic] because I know the people who let this mural be put up. Like I said earlier, maybe I am being a little sensitive, but it is how I feel. This represents, to me, our society, and I do not want it up on this wall. Why do we need a BEFORE and AFTER?”
The offended student’s name was redacted from the report of bias obtained by Heat Street.
(H/T: Heat Street)