Morehouse’s President Robert Franklin was not too happy about the October issue of Vibe and the story they wrote called “The Mean Girls of Morehouse” that was published October 12. The article, written by Aliya S. King, gave a platform for a certain five-member cross-dressing clique within the Morehouse community that call themselves “The Plastics.” The article has been stripped off the Vibe site, yet Vibe’s co-CEO and Chief Creative Officer, Brett Wright and Editor-in Chief Jermaine Hall, stand by the article and did not find cause to pull it from the magazine…no matter how president Franklin felt.
Franklin put together yet another eloquent note to the Morehouse community addressing Vibe’s decision to run the article and his disappointment with the lack of substantive journalism that as he said will only “heighten misunderstandings and advance or inform little.” Also in his response he wrote that “It seems clear from the headline alone that the Vibe editorial team’s intent is to sensationalize and distort reality for the purpose of driving readership.”
The article was simply the perspective of alienation that the members of the Plastics felt is a part of the core of the Morehouse community. One of the members, Diamond, said he doesn’t go to the school anymore because his experiences drove him off the campus. Him, as well as present and past members of his group, express that the dress code we reported Franklin implemented last year directly affected their community of cross-dressing males and fortified the ill-will toward them.
But, according to Franklin, the dress code he implemented last year had nothing to do with discrimination, and everything to do with developing “men who are equipped to live and contribute to an increasingly diverse, global and complex world.”
Read the president’s complete response here.