COLUMBUS, Ohio — Controversy marred Ohio State University’s underclassmen move-in day Saturday. Students and their families were met with banners many are calling inappropriate.
The two banners were hung at off-campus housing location. They are down now, but two of the seven OSU seniors who live at that location said they hung the banners just to make people laugh. The students said no offense was meant.
Pictures posted on Facebook and Eleven Warriors show banners reading, “Dads, we’ll take it from here,” and “Daughter daycare 2.0.”
“Our motives were not to insult or look down on anyone, not to be sexist,” said Justin Miller, an OSU senior. “Our motive is just to have fun. It is college.”
His roommate, senior Alex Sheets said, “People have been saying we are misogynists, we are sexist, we are degrading towards women. My dad, he is a good Christian man. I am a good Christian man, but we just do this for fun. We are not trying to cause any havoc or stir up any trouble. We are just trying to have some fun.”
Female underclassmen understood it was a joke but still called it inappropriate. “I thought they were a little patronizing,” sophomore Sarah Liptow said. “I do think it was all fun and games, but there is a fine line between joking and frightening some people.”
She said a group of teenage guys can vibe off of each other and sometimes forget that what they are doing or saying could be hurtful. “I don’t think that is right. It seems condescending, as if we need someone to watch over us,” freshman Sara Litchney added.