Former Frat Bro Will Ferrell Thinks We Should Get Rid Of Greek Life

Will Ferrell just went down a few notches in my book. While I will forever cherish him as an actor and laugh my ass off watching Elf every December for the rest of my life, the former frat bro actually had something to say against Greek organizations. During a Q&A at SXSW, the funny man was asked to comment on his own experience as a fraternity member following the video that surfaced of SAE members at Oklahoma University doing a racist chant. Stephen Browning from Seattle asked, “Will, we are fraternity brothers of Delta Tau Delta, albeit different chapters and years. The recent awful situation with SAE has brought out the “frat haters” in droves. Could you comment on your own fraternity experience and why (or why not) fraternity membership is still a worthy consideration for a college student?” Will responded, “The incident in Oklahoma, that is a real argument for getting rid of the system altogether, in my opinion, even having been through a fraternity. Because when you break it down, it really is about creating cliques and clubs and being exclusionary. Fraternities were started as academic societies that were supposed to have a philanthropic arm to them. And when it’s governed by those kind of rules, then they’re still beneficial. But you gotta be careful. I was lucky in that the one I was in, we were really kind of the anti-fraternity fraternity. We were considered good enough to get the exchanges with the good sororities. We couldn’t get anyone to vote on anything, but if you needed 40 guys to show up and build a 20-foot-tall papier-mâchéversion of the Matterhorn, we were there and ready. But we didn’t take it too seriously. It was just about having fun. But I think it’s an interesting dilemma for universities these days.” We’re disappointed. As a fraternity member, Will should know better than anyone that one person, one chapter, or one school’s behavior shouldn’t reflect on Greek life as a whole. Most chapters are about finding friends with similar values, performing philanthropy work, and having a good time, but the media would prefer to point out the bad instead of the good. If you’re a sorority or fraternity member, prove Will Ferrell wrong.