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Choral parody takes aim at Oberlin, mocks political correctness

Choral parody targets Oberlin, mocks microaggressions, safe spaces and other forms of political correctness

Trigger warning: The above song could potentially be offensive to liberals, feminists, trust-fund hipsters, choral music lovers, self-absorbed millennials and anyone affiliated with Oberlin College.

An online choral parody released earlier this month takes aim at the Ohio liberal arts institution and the controversy in April surrounding a guest appearance by author Christina Hoff Sommers.

The song is credited on YouTube as the creation of the Oberlin College Choir, but an Oberlin spokesman said on Tuesday that the choir didn't create the piece.

Jason Harris, an assistant professor of choral conducting at Oberlin and director of choral ensembles at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, confirmed in an email that the group performing the song isn't the Oberlin College Choir.

The identities of the composer and performers of the piece remain unclear.

Featuring an ensemble of angelic voices, the satirical song mocks microaggressions, safe spaces, trigger warnings and other forms of political correctness that have become increasingly common at American colleges and universities.

"Please don't put me in the real world," the lyrics go. "People might dare to correct me / (I think I'm getting triggered) / tell me feelings are not facts / (I'm locked inside a bathroom now)."

In April, Hoff Sommers was scheduled to give a lecture at Oberlin, but some students objected to her invitation, citing her views on feminism and other social and political issues. On Twitter, she wrote that the college had created "safe spaces" for students who were "triggered" by her presence. 

Hoff Sommers has been an outspoken critic of third-wave feminism and the movement's radical fringe. Her books include "Who Stole Feminism?" and "The War Against Boys."

Her April lecture was organized by the Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians, a student organization. A report in the Oberlin Review, a college publication, stated that Hoff Sommers was greeted by protesters during her appearance on campus.

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