An elite Manhattan school has come under fire for showing students a video that a mother called “starred and feathered” white women sent a letter to parents claiming that the Post broke the story. Later it was a “significant mistake”.
Bodie Brizendine, head of Tony K-12 Spence School on the Upper East Side, sent an e-mail to parents on Wednesday claiming, “We take this seriously; ridiculing someone is never acceptable.
“This video is not part of the Spence curriculum. Our teachers and schools acknowledge that sharing a satirical video mocking white women was a critical mistake,” Brizendine said.
“We are sorry that this has caused any harm to anyone in our community,” the administrator said – suggesting that a politically correct all-girls organization could turn things around in the future.
“We will strengthen the faculty protocol,” said the administrator.
The apology, addressed to the “Spence community,” came a day after The Post reported how top school alum and student mom Gabriella Barron told the Academy she was edging out her eighth-grader over her PC obsession. , which included allowing an “explicitly racist” video to be shown to children.
This footage—shown of some middle-school girls attending their final history class on graduation day at the $57,000-plus-a-year academy—was from the premiere episode of racially charged comedian Zwei Fumudoh’s new Showtime series.
Movies “Openly ridiculed, humiliated and ridiculed white women,” Barron, who is Hispanic, said in a letter to the school.
“[The kids] Sitting there in their graduation robes, while the white mothers of white students—many of whom volunteer, donate, call, email and do whatever the school asks of them—in a video their teacher showed them off and feathered. . While their white female teachers were mocked,'” Barron said.
In the episode, Fumudo told writer guest Fran Leibovitz, “I believe you don’t care about how upset white women can be,” and Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion by Women’s Rights Icon. Reading the obscene lyrics of Gloria’s song “WAP”. Steinem, then asking if she “feels empowered by him.
Fumudoh also assembled a panel of women named Karen to ask her how she felt about her name – now associated with “obnoxious, angry and entitled, often racist, white women”.
The episode is rated TV MA for “Mature Viewers Only”, which means, “The program is designed to be viewed by adults and may therefore be unsuitable for children under the age of 17, ” According to tvguidelines.org.
Brizendine began his apology e-mail by saying, “As you know, yesterday a parent, who is also an alumnus and a former trustee, made a strong objection to a video shown on 15 Sent a letter to the board of trustees. Student in her daughter’s class 8 history class on the last day of school.
The administrator said that Barron “shared this letter with many parents” and told people, “Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.”
A mother who recently took her daughter out of Spence because of “waking up” told The Post that the apology note is “a step in the right direction.
“I’m glad to see that someone is willing to apologize to white people,” said the woman.
“But I think it falls short of calling it racism and canceling this teacher,” she said of Brizendine’s e-mail.
“I’m not in the business of canceling people. … I don’t want it either way. … But I question if [the video] Was it against blacks or against Asians, if that teacher would have been systematically fired.”
Barron declined to comment on Brizendine’s e-mail to The Post.
Spence did not immediately respond to a request for comment on what action would be taken against the teacher showing the video to the children.
The school is one of only one of New York City’s posh private educational institutions to have been taken to task for their alleged political-correctness-run-amok.