UK University ridiculed on social media after it banned clapping at student union events

A leading UK universty’s students’ union is currently the subject of mockery after it banned clapping during events.

The University of Manchester Students Union banned clapping during student union events “to avoid triggering anxiety”.


UK Mirror reports that the Students’ Union instead encouraged students to use “jazz hands” to express their support.

The university’s student newspaper the Mancunion said:

“It was argued that the loud noise of traditional clapping and whooping pose an issue to students with anxiety or sensory issues. BSL clapping – or, jazz hands – would be a more inclusive form of expression.”

Jazz hands is the British sign language for clapping.

Liberation and Access Officer Sara Khan authored the motion, called ‘Making Senate More Accessible’.

It resolved to swap out audible clapping for BSL clapping at SU (Students’ Union) events, and to “encourage student groups and societies to do the same, and to include BSL clapping as a part of inclusion training”.

The decision has come in for ridicule on social media, with some saying it’s a further example of the so-called ‘snowflake generation’.

Piers Morgan tweeted: “Britain’s losing its mind.”

Donald Trump Jr. while sharing the news on Instagram, wrote: “The stupidity literally never ends. This is what liberalism creates. Remember that when you think about sitting home in November.”

Dean Goddard quipped: “Send them to Old Trafford. They’ll never need to clap there!”

Another user said: “I have severe anxiety and major depression NO CLAPPING SHOULD NOT BE BANNED!!! How ridiculous, what next ban children from laughing? You’re just catering to the illness instead of helping people to get over it.”

Others asked if it was an early April Fools Day and another said: “What hope has anyone got if the sound of clapping sets them off? Our generation is a shambles.”

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