As the second semester progresses, boredom has hit BU students in their Zoom classes. However, one course has taken a turn as a student in one philosophy class has taken a keen interest in the ethics of bestiality.
It started innocently enough, with one simple question about the morals of acting in self-interest. Some students asked questions about murder or theft, but one student unmuted himself and asked a different kind of question.
“Let’s just say someone was… I don’t know, into bestiality, would that be excused because they are acting in self-interest?” said Harold Young (CAS ‘23) with his camera off.
Professor Brian Robbins laughed off the odd question, but became slightly concerned as Young followed up with an inquiry of whether or not it is less immoral to “get wild” with primates since they are closer in evolution to humans. Professor Robbins and students alike are wondering if this is a case of Zoom fatigue or something darker.
“I thought it was just a case of innocent fascination. This class is quite boring, so I encourage my students to think outside of the box, but this… situation has become hairy,” said Robbins.
Young’s unusual questions about relations with animals have been a source of discomfort for his classmates.
“It was funny at first since that class was a total snoozefest, but the questions just started getting weirder and weirder. I had a photo of my dog as my profile picture on Zoom, but I took it down after Harold privately messaged me asking what shampoo he uses,” said Hanna Jones (CAS ‘22).
While this has been very unsettling, Robbins says it is not nearly as bad as when one kid showed up in a suit and proceeded to play devil’s advocate.