Don’t Clap Or “Whoop.”

(Jazz Hands.
image courtesy of Getty images.)

There are no words.


Or maybe we should say “people think there should be no words.”

From England:

Students who whoop, cheer and clap should face “consequences” because they are excluding deaf people, delegates at the National Union of Students conference said.

Audience members were repeatedly warned that they must cease whooping to express support for a speaker, because it has a “serious impact” on the accessibility of the conference.

Delegates at the NUS annual conference in Brighton were encouraged to use “jazz hands” instead of clapping – where students wave their hands in the air – as this is deemed a more inclusive form of expression.

Estelle Hart, an NUS elections committee member who was chairing a session on Thursday, told students: “No whooping, it does have a serious impact on some delegates ability to access conference.”

It actually gets worse:

The motion calls for “reduced cheering or unnecessary loud noises on conference floor, including whooping and clapping” and warns of “consequences for those who ignore this requirement”. In the past, NUS events have banned clapping on the grounds that it might “trigger anxiety”.

What about those for who suffer from sedatephobia – a fear of silence? Why isn’t their angst and suffering being taken into account? Why is this group calling for the discrimination against those individuals?

What bothers us is the lack of thinking and logic being used here:

Commenting on the use of “jazz hands” in lieu of clapping, an NUS spokesman said: “The hand gesture used [during the conference] is the sign used in the British Sign Language vocabulary for applause. It means more people can participate in our conference.

How is “clapping” keeping anyone from participating in a conference? Please explain that to us. Does anyone really think that a deaf person cannot see other people clapping just as they would see the use of “jazz hands?”

“We don’t actively stop our members from clapping, they choose to be respectful and enable other people to get involved.”

Apparently the spokesperson is unaware of the motion mentioned earlier which warns of:

“consequences for those who ignore this requirement”.

This is just a case of a group looking for victims and then trying to say “our members voluntarily comply with this regulation or else.”

We have another gesture for people like this and it starts with our middle finger.

2 Responses to “Don’t Clap Or “Whoop.””

  1. Hometown says:

    What about the Blind attendees?

    • AAfterwit says:


      Whew! We’re glad we’re not the only ones who thought of that. How dare the Student Union institute a policy that discriminates against the blind!

      Someone should be held accountable for that.

      A. Afterwit.