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By Jesse Ward
Viral videos focusing on the stereotypes and rivalries between universities on the Peninsula have been a popular trend in Halifax this week.
The most successful of these videos has been East Coast University Stereotypes, reaching more than 13,000 hits in its first 11 days on YouTube. Created by a group of students in Halifax who have chosen to remain anonymous, the video contains interviews with students at a number of different Peninsula universities about the stereotypes of the region’s schools.
While making jokes about stereotypes is bound to bring on controversy, the creators of the video stand behind their choice. They say their intention was not to offend anyone, but to poke fun at what they’d heard about the schools.
“We are not trying to promote the stereotypes but to create discussion about them since the students themselves will know if they are true or not,” they say over a YouTube message.
“There is no use in trying to debunk the stereotypes since individuals are responsible for their own actions, which we have no control over. Students should think for themselves and act in a way that makes them happy and not be negatively affected by stereotypes.”
They add that some students offered various reasons on why these stereotypes may exist, but these reasons were based on rumours and stories they had heard from other people and therefore didn’t make the final cut in the video.
The series of short sketches was filmed by a group of students at SMU as a project for a marketing class. One of the goals of the assignment was to make the video go as viral as possible. A debate over which school is superior has shown up in the comments to the video, but its creators aren’t worried about it affecting them.
Jake MacDonald, who stars in and worked on production of the video, says he thinks it’s obvious that it’s “more of a joke video than anything” and that’s obvious in how it’s portrayed.
“I’m not really worried about people seeing it and being like […] ‘Let’s go beat him up downtown,’ or something like that,” he says. “I think that most people can see that it’s a joke so I’m not that worried about it.”