Two Oxford University students caused controversy after ‘blueing up’ as Smurfs at a fancy dress ball last night.
Complaints were made after another student advised them to remove the Smurf outfits, one did so, while the other - a medical student at St Peter’s College remained in costume as ‘Doctor Smurf’.
In a tenuous link of being Eurovison night, the ball theme was ‘Song Titles’, and the students – both freshers – arrived dressed as ‘Who Let The Smurfs Out,’ after the Smurfs parody of the Baha men’s ‘Who Let The Dogs Out.’ Their costumes included the synonymous Phrygian cap, ‘blued up’ faces and bodies and signs around their necks saying ‘SWA’ a clear acronym of ’Smurfs With Attitude.’
A spokesperson from the Commission of Racial Equality stated ‘this sort of thing sets equality back years. Impersonating a blue person is offensive because it is so fraught with history. It is easy for the younger generation to forget how Smurfs were discriminated against in the ‘Cursed Land’ and their merciless persecution under the Wizard Gargamel. Blueing up is mockery, and it's desmurfing.’
The medical student, who wished to remain anonymous due to his upcoming peerage, apologised, stating, “I am extremely sorry for my actions. I realise now that it was completely inappropriate and I had no intention of being derogatory or offensive. Next time I think I will dress as one of those thieving gypsies.’