The Legal Beat
Harvard Show Accused Of ‘Stealing,’ Real Crime Is Being Obvious
Posted on Monday February 13, 2017
There hasn’t been a lot to laugh at recently. I mean, there’s SNL. But as we head into law school “Law Revue” season, I struggle to think what law students could possibly find “funny” right now. There are kids on campus at every law school in America who don’t know if they can go home for the summer and be allowed to come back to finish their studies, but we’re all supposed to gather round and make legal puns to Ariana Grande music? “Been here all night, been here all day, and boy, you got me briefin’ cite to cite,” just doesn’t have the same ring to it this year.
But, students are going to try to be “normal.” The Harvard Law School parody is set to go this year, with a perfectly banal title.
Yeah, I get it. The problem is, Columbia Law School did it first. Multiple tipsters pointed this out.
That’s a bad look. What’s worse, this is the second year in a row HLS has been accused of “stealing” its title.
This seems like a good time to mention that both BU Law and Columbia Law have won our Law Revue contests in the past, while HLS struggles to send us a credible submission every year since they seem averse to putting in the production value necessary to make a good music video.
I don’t think that the HLS people “stole” their titles. I think, instead, the HLS people made the entirely safe and expected jokes, two years in a row. Of course they weren’t “first,” it’s not an original idea.
I just hope students at different schools are pouring their creative energies into something a little more sharp this year. I’m not in the mood of seeing the law revue equivalent of “La La Land” — just happy white people singing and dancing like everything is normal.
I’m looking for less cheap entertainment, more subversive “art” this year. Just like law students did back in 2010 when the economy fell out from under them.