Grosse Pointe South students' comedy show under fire for offensive humor

Allegations of racism, sexism and bullying - not what most would consider funny.

A comedy show held off-campus at the Detroit Music Hall by some Grosse Pointe South High School students is under fire for offensive content. 

One student from the high school said the show started out as a comedy and took a bad turn. 

The performance was of Second Suburb. Inspired by Second City Chicago the satire and comedy show was written and performed by students. It started at Grosse Pointe South in the early 1990s.

Principal Moussa Hamka said in a letter to parents and students, "It is clear that at least some of the content of this show was inappropriate and in many ways portrayed either our school or our students in a negative light."

He said the student production made joked about race, sexual orientation and students with special needs. 

Rebecca Chupick is a senior who is graduating this month but did not attend the show. But she says she was floored when a friend at the show said that her name came up and it was not nice. 

"I got a text from a friend that they said some mean things, that they mentioned my name," Chupick said. "He said that I'm well-liked and that everything is going to be okay. To just ignore it if I hear anything at school the next day."

Rebecca said she's trying not to let the negative pressure of being mentioned in the show bother her. 

"I'm usually a really shy girl," she said. "I don't really do much for people to talk about me. I was just shocked when he said they mentioned your name."

"It's a bad idea, I don't think they meant to come off as hateful," said Carmella Goree, a Grosse Pointe South senior. "But we have to be considerate of everyone, their feelings and who they are as people."

These Grosse Pointe South students were in the audience. 

"I think some parts were funny but some parts crossed the line," said Elizabeth Rauh. "

"I think overall it was a bad delivery," said Ryley Kirk. "It was mostly jokes, I think some people are taking it too seriously. I can see why people were upset."

Hamka told FOX 2 that the cast members were remorseful and know they made a mistake. He added that there "will be consequences" and that community service, apologies to the students victimized and all the proceeds from the show will go back to the high school so it can have a kindness campaign. 

Hamka said that the goal is so something like this does not happen again.
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