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LOOK MOM, I'M AN IDIOT - Scotty's Soap Box@All Rights Reserved

Last edited: Monday, February 18, 2002
Posted: Monday, February 18, 2002

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If you haven't heard by now, there was recently another famous party held at one of our Nations major University. It appears that some pre-law students, at Florida State University, were upset by the students across the state line at Auburn University. The Auburn students gained national coverage from their famous Halloween party held last October. In this famous Halloween party, some of the Auburn students dressed in Klan uniforms, while others painted their faces with black paint. One picture showed one of the "good-old" boys, dressed in his KKK attire, with a rope around one of his fellow student's neck. Yes, the one with the rope around his neck had his face painted black. So not to be outclassed (I use this word lightly) by their out-of-state rivals, the FSU students decided to throw a little party themselves. The theme for the party you ask? The "Pimps and Ho's" party!

One needs to keep in mind that these students at FSU were pre-law students. The idea in the theme of this party was that the male students would dress like Pimps. They would then have their dates attend the party dressed like Ho's, (or whores so you want get confused with the Santa Claus thing from the slang "Ho"). Having arrived at this ingenious theme, the party was on!
By now, I'm sure these future law students have to be somewhat disappointed at the end results of this party. Their goal in trying to out-do their rivals across state lines didn't match-up to their high expectations. For some reason, this Pimps and Ho's party didn’t quite get the same media attention that the Auburn party received. I only found one picture of some of the members that attended this FSU party. I'm really not sure why it didn't gain the national attention as the Auburn Halloween party received. However, the FSU students can be proud to know that the "Soap Box" recognizes talent when they see it. We're here for you!
I can remember the day the story broke on national television about the Auburn party. As I watched picture after picture of the students being flashed on national television, I could only image if this was my son's picture on television? Would he call home and tell his mother, "Look Mom, I'm an idiot. Did you see me on national television in my KKK uniform?" One would think that any other college student, especially those planning to be future Attorneys, would have learned a lesson from all this. Did the FSU students learn anything? Well, maybe only to attempt to arrive at a better theme then the Auburn Students.
So what is one to make of all this? Well, we have to use some common sense to understand what inspired these students to make such bad decisions. In reality, it goes back to the theme "Kid's just want to have fun." I don’t think that these college students meant any harm. Did they offend anyone? Yes. Should their acts of misjudgment be ignored? No. But there are some groups and individuals that want these young heads placed on the chopping block. I ask these groups and individuals to ask themselves "Did you ever make bad decisions when you were young?" If you answered no, then you must have had one heck of a boring life!
Most of us have learned from our mistakes in life. These students just received a lesson in life. The smart ones will learn and recover from their mistakes. I have little doubt that most of these students have learned their lesson and will move on. However, in our political correct world, one must wonder what damage will be done to these kids just wanting to have fun?
From all of us here at the "Soap Box," if you're in college and want your Mom to know you’re an idiot, don’t do it by national television! Like the phone commercial states, "You can still buy things for less then a buck." Simply call her and tell her. It's cheaper then throwing away college tuition.

Scotty Phillips is an independent columnist. He is the author of the book "JUSTICE RENDERED 2000." He can be reached at Scotty. or


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