Frat’s Fundraiser For Vets Canceled For ‘Appropriating Culture’ For Naming Event After Migos Song
A fraternity at American University was forced to cancel a fundraiser for military veterans because heads of the school believed that they name of the event could be “appropriating culture.” Sigma Alpha Mu organized the fundraiser for “Armor Down,” an organization that helps reintegrate military veterans back into society and provides assistance for vets with mental health problems. The frat would play badminton and named the event “Bad(minton) and Boujee,” after the hit song “Bad and Boujee” by Migos. However, school administrators shut it down.
After Sigma Alpha Mu organized the event, Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life Colin Gerker emailed the fraternity said the event’s name could be perceived as “cultural appropriation.”
“I suspect that this event name will be criticized for the use of ‘boujee,’” Gerker wrote. “I know it’s a colloquial term and is popular via Migos, but we have had groups get reamed for appropriating culture before related to situations like this.”
The Assistant Director said the event’s title must be changed if the frat wanted approval for the fundraiser.
“The event will not be approved in [AU’s database for requesting venues] until you/your group comes back with a new name,” the email said.
The issue with the name was the word “Boujee,” which is an abbreviated slang term that comes from the word “bourgeois;” meaning “belonging to or characteristic of the middle class, typically with reference to its perceived materialistic values or conventional attitudes.”