Petition to end women's suffrage

From The News Journal:

In the end, Padua Academy girls got a lesson in vocabulary, signing documents, and the virtues of skepticism when it comes to Salesianum School boys with cameras and microphones.

Embarrassed administrators at both Wilmington Catholic high schools want to put behind them a month-old prank video showing Padua girls signing a Salesianum boy’s petition to end women’s suffrage.

But local Web logs in recent days have dredged up the video, which was censored from Salesianum’s morning TV report.

The video chronicles senior Will Albino’s effort to enlist Padua girls to sign his petition to revoke women’s voting rights.

Some of the giggling or grinning girls -- apparently misled -- seemed all-to-eager to place their names in the mike-wielding Albino’s spiral-bound notebook.

At one point, Albino explains: “We want to, like, eliminate any remaining threat of women’s suffrage.”

At another point, one girl declares upon signing: “Women’s suffrage is really bad.” The video also features graphics labeling girls variously as “smart chick” and “not a smart chick.”

A knockoff of a similar skit on Comedy Central’s “The Man Show,” the video was submitted for Salesianum’s morning newscast, but a teacher and school administrators wouldn’t allow it, said the Rev. Bill McCandless, the school’s principal.

McCandless faulted the boys for tongue-in-cheek tomfoolery at the expense of younger girls apparently caught off guard. “I just felt it really wasn’t fair, because they were going there with the purpose of tripping them up,” McCandless said.

The principal also said the amateur producers misled their teacher, went on Padua’s property without permission, and may have had a role in distributing the video online.

At Padua, administrators heard complaints from students about the boys’ questioning, said Sister Ann Michele Zwosta, the school’s principal.

Once the video surfaced on various Internet sites, alumni and parents began to complain, too, Sister Ann Michele said. Some of the girls in the video were embarrassed, she said, and many others weren’t laughing.

“The vast majority of students are furious,” she said.

They should be. And, they should learn what 'suffrage' means.

(Hat tip)

Posted by Macabee at April 3, 2006 09:30 AM | TrackBack

I think it was the camera and mic that turned their brains to mush. "I'm on tv!"

Hopefully the head of the history department will be making some changes in their curriculum.

Posted by: Dee at April 3, 2006 02:34 PM

I can't believe those stupid girls. I commend Sallies boys for making this video. It was clever and tastefully done, and it provided humor. What was not expected was the proof that came along with the video. I went to Padua, Class of 2005, and I am ashamed to call it my alma mater after this. However, during my high school career I was aware of those idiots at that school, so this didn't really surprise me.

Posted by: browneyedgirl at April 3, 2006 07:12 PM

Great video, just wish it would have been put on sallies news before it got out, would have made a nice laugh to wake me up in the morning.

Posted by: Joey at April 6, 2006 07:04 PM

i think it was a horrible reflectin on the school. Of course they pick the youngest and dumbest of the bunch, and now everyone is ashamed to admit they go to Padua.

Posted by: anonymous at April 7, 2006 05:01 AM

For god's sake get over it. This isn't that big of a deal. The video only represented a FEW girls at that school, and they edited almost all of the girls that refused to sign it. Yes, it was funny, but it is getting a bit to ridiculous. It's done, it's over, go find something else to laugh may have been funny...but not THAT funny. Get a life!

Posted by: anonymus at April 7, 2006 02:08 PM

Okay, now this is just getting confusing. (Bad spelling often has that affect on me.)

I'm assuming "anonymus" is responding to "anonymous"? can get creative and come up with other handles if you don't want your identities revealed for the protection of the innocent.

Posted by: Portia at April 7, 2006 02:19 PM

yeah im sure they walked around the school and made sure they asked all the youngest ones......guys you did an awsome job proving your point keep up the good work

Posted by: Logan at April 11, 2006 11:14 AM

I don't understand what the big deal about this is. I mean first off, it was an unoriginal idea. Secondly, all these people are saying how stupid all of the girls that go to Padua are...umm I'm sorry, but the last I checked there was not 400+ people on that video, and the majority of Padua girls knew what women's suffrage was. Just because there was...what ten girls? that signed it, doesn’t mean that everybody is stupid or signed it...there were more people that were asked than just the ones shown who knew nothing about suffrage. I just can’t believe that everyone has to make this such a big deal because of ten girls. It's stupid. Thirdly, I would bet money that if things were reversed, not even half of the boys in attendance at sallies would know what women's suffrage is. Yeah, they know now, but if it was not for this big stupid ordeal, I doubt that any of them would know...unless by some miracle they actually cracked a book once in awhile. This is just another example of how people can take advantage of a situation. Granted the girls that did sign the petition were really stupid to sign it, especially when they had no clue what it was that they were signing, but that is besides the point. It's sad that now there is such a bad reflection on the school, just because of this.

Posted by: Jake at April 12, 2006 04:12 PM

HAHA! That video is brilliant. I'm all for ending woman's suffrage, especially for Emily Beal. :)

Posted by: Zach at April 13, 2006 11:55 AM

I think it was funny as hell! A lot of young people are totally ignorant of past events, what surprises me is, that the Left Wing wackos that comprise 90% of the College Professors in the US, haven't made sure their students know all about any thing concerning political correctness.

Posted by: Chuck Price at April 13, 2006 04:10 PM

Ramone!, get these girls a dictionary.

Posted by: Steve from Yellowstone at April 19, 2006 06:31 PM

ok it was funny!!! if Padua parents didn't make a big deal of it it wouldn't be that big. next time the boy sould go to upper class-girls.*~*

Posted by: ha at April 25, 2006 05:59 PM

He is my cousin and it is hilarious

Posted by: Robert Albino at April 29, 2006 02:49 PM

What is frightening is the signing of something without understanding. I am glad to hear that there were many who refused to sign the petition. It would have been nice to see that balance, however, that anyone would just sign a petition not knowing the implications and facts it concerns, is a really scarey thing. These are our freedoms, everyone, and this is our country. If we do not guard them both, we will loose them.

Posted by: Diane at May 1, 2006 05:22 AM

This was funny when it was done by Adam Corrolla and Jimmy Kimmel on The Man Show, five years ago.

Posted by: Tom at May 19, 2006 05:22 PM