Pi Kappa Alpha’s Fight Night – UCSB’s most widely attended event – has taken a jab from two Stanford students who recently created an Internet video parodying the lifestyle of UCSB students.
Alex and Walter, who refused to disclose their last names in an interview, produced the film, which contains commentary and approximately nine minutes of footage of ring girls dancing, students socializing and boxers brawling. The two amateur filmmakers are better known for their movie “The Big Game Edition,” which takes place at a Cal-Stanford football match, because of its controversial content. The film received wide press coverage in the Bay Area when it came out.
Commentary in the video, titled “Fight Night,” includes, “At least you can tell if they have scoliosis,” and “Float like a stripper, sting like VD,” both of which are said when the event’s ring girls dance in between fights. In addition, the commentary “Okay boys, I want a good clean… Oh, fuck it” appears when boxers begin their brawls.
Will Chiang, a fourth-year global studies major, said he was offended by the movie because of its use of stereotypes and racial humor.
“The kids that made the video poked fun at a lot of inappropriate topics,” Chiang said. “A person should be judged on their character and merit, not ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual preference.”
Alex and Walter run their own production company called Jewnior Productions. In addition to “Fight Night,” the production company features other short films and a variety of other entertainment for free on its website, www.bmaterial.net.
In an e-mail, the film creators said they want to offer fresh humor to a large audience. They said they were “equal opportunity offenders” in their films, including in “The Big Game Edition.”
“Aside from its connection to a sporting event, we thought the video had mass appeal because the humor was fresh and multilayered,” the film creators said. “We do make fun of people, but do so as equal opportunity offenders. The same thing holds true for the Fight Night video, only the people we make fun of are much better looking.”
The filmmakers said their film is not racist because it pokes fun at stereotypes.
“We are satirizing pre-existing stereotypes in order to make social commentary that is quite the opposite of ‘racism,'” they said.
Amanda Williams, a second-year art history and communication major, said she felt the video was in poor taste due to the image it projects of the UCSB student body.
“The video is offensive because it perpetuates the stereotypes people have about our school, even though they are false,” Williams said. “It also points to a larger problem where people think it’s acceptable to make hurtful remarks concerning a person’s sexual preference or ethnicity.”
PIKE president Artemio Madrigal, a fourth-year Law & Society major, said the fraternity now plans to ban video cameras from the event that are not news-related or present to record fraternity history.
“From now on, we’re probably not going to allow video cameras inside because of this video,” Madrigal said. “It doesn’t correctly signify what the greek system is about and what the student body is about at UCSB.”
The movie does not provide background information about the event or specific details about the individuals who were recorded.
“They only showed one side of the event, as they didn’t even mention the massive amount of money this event raised for charity,” Chiang said.
Madrigal said last year’s Fight Night raised over $10,000 for charity and had a turnout of about 5,000 people.
“It doesn’t offend us; we’re still going to keep going,” Madrigal said. “Fight Night 16 is Spring Quarter.”