Like most colleges have done in the past months, on Tuesday, administrators of the University of Michigan Ann Arbor announced a new campus policy which effectively allowed students to select their own personal “preferred pronouns”. The school informed the entire campus community, students and teachers alike, that they are obligated to adhere to these new rules. Punishment will be handed out to individuals who disobey the rules.
While all this was going on, one Student by name Grant StrobI decided to take this opportunity to troll the school. He was going to change his pronouns to “His Majesty”, and all students and faculty are required to refer to him by that.
The College Fix reports that Grant is a conservative student at the University and chairman of the Young Americans for Freedom Board of Governors. In an interview, he told the College Fix that he doesn’t have any problem with students identifying a certain way, he just doesn’t think the school should force people to respect them:
“In an interview with The College Fix, Strobl said that “I have no problem with students asking to be identified a certain way, almost like someone named Richard who would like to be called Dick. It is respectful to make a reasonable effort to refer to students in the way that they prefer.”
However, he added that he does have a problem when the university institutionalizes the use of pronouns that are completely arbitrary and may possibly sanction people for referring to someone different than their preference.
Strobl continued, “So, I henceforth shall be referred to as: His Majesty, Grant Strobl. I encourage all U-M students to go onto Wolverine Access, and insert the identity of their dreams.””