The University of Pennsylvania’s Phi Delta Theta chapter has been suspended pending an investigation into a holiday card showing the majority-white fraternity posing with what they said is a ‘Beyoncé’ sex doll.
If you look closely at the photo above, the doll is pictured at the top left of the group. It doesn’t look any Beyoncé we’ve ever seen. It looks very much like a racist caricature.
Phi Delta Theta’s national leadership halted its Penn chapter this week amid concerns the image — criticized as racist and misogynistic — shows a lack of judgment that’s inconsistent with its values.
The chapter issued an apology and says it displayed poor judgment by including the sex toy in a holiday picture. They say they weren’t being racist.
In excerpts published by the Daily Pennsylvanian student newspaper, the chapter called the doll “distasteful” and acknowledged it could be offensive to some people.
The university says it supports ongoing student conversations stemming from the controversy.
They’re going to need more than an apology.