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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wizard hat spells trouble for gay Emory student

Emory made it onto NYC-based news and gossip site today thanks to a story from the Emory Wheel about a student who claims he was put in a headlock and dragged out of a frat party for being gay.

The admitted dragger, recent Emory graduate Adam Smith, contends, however, that he ejected the gay student from the party because he insinuated that he (Smith) is gay. Oh, and also because the kid was wearing a wizard hat.

Here's the excerpt they posted from the Wheel:

According to the alleged victim, his admission that he was gay instigated his forceful removal from the premises. His ejection was accompanied by anti-gay slurs and followed by what he termed "affirmative cheering" from many in attendance.

The student, who has not yet filed a police report and wished to remain unnamed for this story, attended the party at Sigma Nu's off-campus house with multiple friends after first venturing out to Eagle Row. His particular choice of costume - a lime-green jacket, red pants and a wizard hat - meant that he stood out immediately among the crowd at the house, the student acknowledged.

"At first, when I walked into the party, some people were taking pictures of me and appreciating, if you will, what I was wearing," he said.

About half an hour later, however, another attendee - confirmed by multiple witnesses as recent alum Adam Smith ('10C) - took the student's wizard hat and began questioning him.

"This guy approached me and asked why I was wearing my hat. ... I said that I like the hat, just as you like your pink shirt. He then asked me if I was gay, and I said I was. He then started choking me with his elbow and put me into a head lock, and he dragged me out of the party by my neck."

After the student was allegedly dragged the approximately 10 to 15 feet from the house's common area to the door and thrown onto the front lawn, Smith was overheard telling other attendees "Hey, this kid's a f****t."

Here's Smith's side of the story (also from the Wheel):

"This kid was at the party, and was acting kind of ridiculous. I went over, took his hat and started dancing around," he said.

Smith then said he asked the student: "Why are you wearing this gay ass hat?" According to Smith, the student replied that it was for the "same reason you're wearing your pink shirt."

Smith said that he then asked if the student was implying that he (Smith) was "f***ing gay or something." Receiving an affirmative reaction, Smith then admitted to putting him in a head lock and ejecting him from the party.

OK, so he called the wizard hat "gay ass" and then got mad when the kid called him out for wearing a gay ass pink shirt. Open and shut.

One Gawker user — an Emory student or alumnus, presumably, going by "MartyFunkhouser" (that's a "Curb Your Enthusiasm" reference, BTW) — was nonplussed that the school is getting attention for the incident:

THIS is how Emory makes it into Gawker? Really?!
The Dalai Lama was here last week!
TI showed up as a surprise special guest last Saturday before going to jail!
Please don't let this incident shape your opinion of Emory as a whole; its a great place and some admitted fratty asshole shouldn't be able to ruin it.

Still, but maybe it's best to leave the wizard hat at home. Better safe than sorry.

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