Posted by: Catherine Lugg | October 7, 2010

Daily Targum embarrasses itself and the University

The Rutgers-New Brunswick student newspaper has finally weighed in on the suicide of Tyler Clementi, and their editorial is straight out of the 1980s.

The focal point of Clementi’s tragic death should have been a boy’s inability to deal with the hardships of life. And yet the news and certain organizations picked this up and carried it into the ranks of general causes for major social groups – for their profit. Did Tyler really feel unsafe after all? Do we know the reason behind his suicide? Do we know if he, himself, would take part in the movement behind his death – the push for safe spaces?”

We did not know Tyler. It was barely three weeks into his first year at the University, and most of his neighbors in his residence hall barely knew him. Turning his death into a push for gay rights is a fallacy. Homosexuality is not the only reason for which people kill themselves. In this case, it might have pushed Clementi over the edge, but the fact that he was gay should by no means turn his death into a march for safe spaces. These groups want to be heard. They want the attention. They want their agendas to shine in the limelight.

Clearly, the editors at the Daily Targum don’t like queers much at all. Notice how the editors called Clementi “a boy” not “a man,” implying that he was “childish.” Furthermore, these days, the only time I see the word “homosexuality” in the print is because the authors think queers are icky and they want to dress up their bigotry in faux clinical terms.

But this idiotic editorial is clearly indicative of the campus climate queer Rutgers-NB students confront. And as such, it’s pretty scary.



  1. Wow! I’m absolutely shocked and appalled. I’d expect something like that from that other paper that used o be on campus……wow.

  2. I read this “article” yesterday and was really quite disgusted by it. I couldn’t disagree with the (anonymous) author more. His death SHOULD be used to get a message out there, in the hope that it stops other people from reaching the same ultimate end-of-the-road destination. It’s nothing about the gay agenda, whatever that is; instead it’s about protecting the lives of our youth, and those who are suffering in the face of ignorance.

  3. By Daily Targum. What a f*cking coward the author is. What is wrong with these people? It sickens me how people treat homosexuals. Whoever wrote this hate article is a coward and The Daily Targum is a disgrace.

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