Now Colleges Are Offering Counseling for Students Offended by Halloween Costumes

This is beyond ridiculous.

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If you needed any more evidence as to just how insanely coddled college-age adults truly are now, look no further than the University of Florida. 

In a recent blog post that was apparently not ironic or a joke, the home of the Gators let students know that there will be help should their easily shattered emotional states be corrupted by the horrors of Halloween. 

“If you choose to participate in Halloween activities,” the post read, “we encourage you to think about your choices of costumes and themes. Some Halloween costumes reinforce stereotypes of particular races, genders, cultures, or religions.” 

So far so good. “Blackface” or anything similarly wildly racially offensive has no place on a diverse campus or in the 21st century—that seems like a given. But the post continued, “Regardless of intent, these costumes can perpetuate negative stereotypes, causing harm and offense to groups of people.”

Basically, the University of Florida seemed to veer away in that follow-up sentence from common sense and into acknowledging the possibility of offense from all Halloween costumes, ever. So even for those bruised by the sight of a Sexy Ken Bone costume, the University reminded students they could see “a 24/7 counselor in the Counseling and Wellness Center” if needed.

CBS News rounded up some of the social media reactions to the post, and this was perhaps the funniest:

Chalk it up to yet another example of how millennials have been raised in a cottony cocoon of good feelings that leaves them completely unprepared for how the world actually works.

Unless there’s yet another rash of creepy clowns on the UF campus. If that 24/7 counselor is exhausted by Nov. 1st due to clown horror, we will totally understand.

h/t CBS