Penn State Frat Member: Photos Of Nude Unconscious Women Were ‘Just Satire’

Members of a fraternity at Pennsylvania State University are facing possible expulsion and criminal charges for posting photos of nude, unconscious women to Facebook.

But one member of the suspended Kappa Delta Rho fraternity defended the photos as “just satire” in an interview with Philadelphia Magazine published Wednesday.

“Everybody’s … saying, ‘Oh, there’s pictures of passed-out girls,’ and making it seem out to be such a malicious thing,'” the frat member, who spoke anonymously, told the magazine.

“It’s like, yeah, girls pass out or fall asleep all the time and somebody takes a Snapchat or picture and, like, it’s not that it’s funny,” he added. “But it’s just satire.”

The fraternity was suspended after police discovered two Facebook groups, called “Covert Business Transactions” and “2.0,” to which frat members allegedly posted nude photos of women who were asleep or passed out. Frat members also allegedly posted photos of drugs and hazing to those Facebook groups.

In the interview, the anonymous frat member blasted how “spectacularly and scandalously and widespread” the media had covered the alleged misconduct.

“This is not a criminal thing,” he told the magazine. “It’s not anyone else’s business, pretty much. It’s an inter-fraternity thing and that’s that.”

The frat member acknowledged that he was part of the private “2.0” Facebook group, which he said was used primarily for communication between frat members about things like community service and social events. He denied commenting on or posting any of the questionable photos, however.

Asked whether he posted any of the photos, the frat member said “No, no, absolutely not. I’m a good guy.”

Read the whole interview here.

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