Harvard Group Apologizes for Video Referencing Yale Murder

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A comedy-news show at Harvard had apologized for a Yale parody video that referenced the murder of graduate student Annie Le.
"On Harvard Time" released "Why Did I Choose Yale?" on Tuesday, ahead of this weekend's annual Yale-Harvard football game, and it caused outrage in New Haven.

The video spoofs a Glee-like admissions video Yale's admissions posted in January.

In the Harvard video, an On Harvard Time member poses as a potential Yale student, "What happened to that girl that got murdered and stuffed in a wall?" The tour guide quickly changes the subject. That line has since been removed and replaced with “What happened to the original line in this video?”

The line referred to the slaying of Annie Le, a Yale graduate student, whose body was found behind a research lab wall in 2009.

On Wednesday, the Yale Daily News posted an editorial saying the video creators "crossed a line" and were guilty of "gross insensitivity." Students also wrote into the school paper saying they were outraged by the low blow that made light of a tragedy.

"Our intention was to comment on Yale’s guarded treatment of their crime problems.  The humor rested in the glossing over of a significant event, and not in the event itself. The line was not meant to make light of the incident or those involved, but rather to mock the University," On Harvard Time responded.

But, since the video was posted, the group has received feedback from members of the Yale community.

"These students and faculty members have voiced concern that the line makes light of this student’s murder and goes beyond parody.  This was certainly not our intention in writing it, but we understand this response and sincerely apologize for any offense it may have caused.  The last thing we’d want to do is upset anyone personally connected to the incident," On Harvard Time said. 

The video also shows crime happening as a student walks around the city and a police office using a stun gun on that student – a reference to a stun gun incident during a club raid in New Haven.

“We are not so weak that we feel the need to use victims of violence, crime and poverty to take indirect jabs at our rivals. We expect more from ourselves than that. And we expect more from our Harvard peers,” Vi Nguyen, a senior, wrote to the Daily News.

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