It’s promposal season, which means that teenagers everywhere are looking for creative and unusual ways to ask their prospective dates to prom. However, some promposals are more tasteful and thoughtful than others: two students at Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, Florida recently found themselves in hot water thanks to a bizarrely racist promposal.
The two girls apparently asked one of their softball teammates to go to the prom with them, using a cardboard sign emblazoned with the words, “You may be picking cotton, but we’re picking you to go to prom with us.” One of the girls then posted a photo of the trio to her personal Instagram account, and the photo slowly started to spread around social media.
Twitter users couldn’t believe the girls’ audacity to go through with (and publicly boast about) a racist promposal.
Other Twitter users simply couldn’t understand why the black friend would go along with such a racially insensitive stunt, and likened the situation to Jordan Peele’s Get Out.
Other people just couldn’t believe how little effort they put into their crappy promposal sign in the first place. (Talk about adding insult to injury.)
Once the story went viral, the girls apparently deleted their personal Instagram accounts, and a few Twitter users familiar with the school say that have apparently been serious professional repercussions for the girls, including suspension, revoked scholarships and getting fired from their jobs. However, these claims have not yet been confirmed.
This certainly isn’t the first racist promposal to hit the internet, and it likely won’t be the last — but it’s really time that people stop conflating racism with “harmless” comedy, particularly where social media is concerned. Posts like this are proof that just because you may not find certain remarks to be offensive, the same does not necessarily hold true for the rest of the public.