Will Ferrell on Racist Frat Song: It's a "Real Argument" for Banning Fraternities
The 'Get Hard' star and former frat member spoke out about the recent scandal surrounding the University of Oklahoma's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
During an interview with The New York Times at South by Southwest, Will Ferrell rehashed his fraternity days as a member of Delta Tau Delta at the University of Southern California.
While answering fan questions from NYT readers, the comedian was asked to weigh in on "why (or why not) fraternity membership is still a worthy consideration for a college student" in light of the recent scandal surrounding the University of Oklahoma's Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter, whose members were caught on tape singing along to a racist song containing the lyrics "There will never be a n----- in SAE."
"The incident in Oklahoma — that is a real argument for getting rid of the system altogether, in my opinion, even having been through a fraternity," Ferrell shared. "Because when you break it down, it really is about creating cliques and clubs and being exclusionary. Fraternities were started as academic societies that were supposed to have a philanthropic arm to them. And when it’s governed by those kind of rules, then they’re still beneficial. But you gotta be careful."
The actor further added, "I was lucky in that the one I was in, we were really kind of the anti-fraternity fraternity. We were considered good enough to get the exchanges with the good sororities. We couldn’t get anyone to vote on anything, but if you needed 40 guys to show up and build a 20-foot-tall papier-mâché version of the Matterhorn, we were there and ready. But we didn’t take it too seriously. It was just about having fun. But I think it’s an interesting dilemma for universities these days."