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Rice Mocks Baylor Rape Scandal With Classy Football Halftime Show

Title IX.

Rice University’s Marching Owl Band is known for “poking fun” at sports rivals, but last night’s halftime show during a game against Baylor took things to the next level. The MOB — so edgy! — formed an IX on the field facing the Baylor crowd, then faced the other direction and reorganized themselves into a star.

The game’s announcer, who attributed his jokes to Fozzie Bear, commented, “The number of the day is nine, since nine is the number of justices on the Supreme Court … Or is it? Wocka wocka?” The nine, of course, was a direct reference to Title IX and the Waco-based college’s multiple rape scandals, and the star was for Ken Starr, the former Baylor president who was demoted after an independent review revealed the college’s failure to investigate sexual-assault complaints.

A former Baylor student filed a lawsuit against the college alleging that it “created a hunting ground for sexual predators to freely prey upon innocent, unsuspecting female students, with no concern of reprisal or consequences.”

So, yeah, perfect fodder for a halftime show, and definitely not grounds for legal action from the Walt Disney Company, which owns the rights to the Muppets.

Rice Mocks Baylor Rape Scandal With Halftime Show