WOKE Oxford students have voted to remove a portrait of the Queen from their college common room because she “represents colonial history.”
A committee of students and graduates from Magdalen’s Middle Common Room agreed by a “substantial majority” that the painting of Queen Elizabeth would be taken down.
The portrait was hanging in a common room in Oxford’s Magdalen college[/caption]
One student even commented that “patriotism and colonialism are not really separable” – and the portrait will now be replaced by “art by or of other influential and inspirational people.”
Another added that the picture of Her Royal Highness must be ditched because “This is about our communal space and making people feel welcome”, according to Guido Fawkes.
And in the future if any pictures of the Queen or the Royal family are to be hung in the common it must be decided by a vote.
The decision has caused uproar among royalists who believe cancel culture has taken a step too far.
According to the committee’s minutes, one opponent in the vote said: “In an era where debates on no-platforming and cancel culture rage strong, effectively ‘cancelling’ the Queen and brandishing her as a symbol of colonialism – so often used as a synonym for racism – sends a dire message that is sure to enrage.
Students and graduates have voted for the picture to be removed[/caption]
“Moreover, it is culturally insensitive for a common room so heavily comprised of international students to seek to remove a national symbol from a British institution.
“The cultural heritage of all nations has the right to be respected, and a common room that does not do so cannot claim to be inclusive.”
Now celebrities and royal fans have taken to social media to give their two cents on the decision.
Ex-Good Morning Britan host Piers Morgan writer on Twitter: “FFS. These woke lunatics are beyond parody.
“Can we vote to have Monarch-ordered Tower of London imprisonment powers restored for these insolent wastrels?”
While another woman added: “The Queen was a pioneer of anti-racism in an era of widespread segregation and apartheid. Imagine trying to cancel the reigning monarch.”
It comes after a university was forced to apologise for their tribute to Prince Philip after staff complained about the Duke’s “racist and sexist comments.”
Woke staff at King’s College London were outraged at an email bulletin following the Duke’s death in April – which showed a picture of him opening a university library in 2002.
After the Duke’s death earlier this year, the university’s interim principal, Professor Evelyn Welch, issued a public statement praising his “long and valued association with King’s.”
Prince Philip had been a governor at the university since 1955 – and had visited the official opening of one of the libraries in 2002.
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But staff members were outraged after being sent the picture of the Duke visiting the Maughan Library.
The university’s anti-racism group complained that the email caused “harm” because the Prince had made a number of racist and sexist comments in his lifetime.
Following weeks of tension, Joleen Clarke, the associate director at King’s College libraries, sent out an apology.