12:06 AM:This article has been updated with a statement from Belmont University.
On Wednesday, Belmont University, a private Christian school located in Nashville, Tennessee, held an event that openly and explicitly bashed Donald Trump and his administration. Dr. Joseph Morgan of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) was the main speaker of this event. He is a professor in the School of Music at MTSU.
The event is listed online as “Music and Discourse Lecture: Joseph Morgan, MTSU “Popular Music and Presidential Politics.” Although, the lecture slides were more accurately titled: “Popular Music and the Impending Tyranny of Donald Trump.” These events are not mandatory, though students must attend a certain number in order to graduate.
Video obtained exclusively by Lone Conservative captured the song “F*ck Donald Trump” repeatedly playing during the event.
Belmont promoted the event to their students as a “brief survey of popular music, including hip-hop, rock, country and Tejano, discussing musical resistances to Donald Trump’s campaign for President. By employing the concept of earned media, the talk investigates the way that these artists actually assisted the campaign they sought to defeat.”
One student, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, observed, “[Dr. Morgan] just showed reprimanding videos of people bashing Donald Trump. While describing the ‘hip hop’ artists that released offensive songs towards the President, he verbatim called them ‘Gansta Rappers.’ Talking about, describing, agreeing with, and showing insulting videos that included people talking [sic] ‘Fuck Donald Trump,’ and ‘Ni**a.’”
The student continued: “He used the words ‘p*ssy’ and ‘vagina’ while speaking about the songs as well. He touched on topics Trump spoke about such as abortion, and was suggesting his dislike for the present.” She concluded, “I thought it was totally inappropriate for a Christian institute to allow this type of slander and profanity be [sic] used in a convo.”
Another student noted her experience in a text to a friend during the event saying, “[Joseph Morgan] is literally saying f*ck and p*ssy and vagina and just dissing trump the entire time playing hate songs against Trump.”
The event is getting mixed reactions from students. Some students are outwardly praising the event, and its message and others are shocked that a Christian school like Belmont University would promote and allow an event this divisive and explicit to take place.
Late Wednesday evening, Belmont University issued this statement:
“Earlier today an outside speaker appeared at Belmont University and shared content about politics and popular culture that was biased and disrespectful. Some of the content presented, including the presentation title which was different from what had been approved by University officials, was outside the lines of what was expected. The University feels betrayed by the deception implicit in the actions of the guest speaker. Belmont University does not endorse the message that was delivered and also strongly objects to the obscene language that was used. We apologize to anyone who was offended as today’s event was not reflective of our Christian identity nor of our institutional commitment to civil political discourse.” –Belmont University Office of Communications
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