The Students Union of Manchester has officially banned clapping of hands and every other “noisy gestures” at all University of Manchester events. According to the union, this is aimed at making union events more inclusive to those with “anxiety or sensory issues”. Henceforth there would be no cheers, claps, whoops or other form of applause, but a waving gesture, known as “jazz hands”.
What is “Jazz Hands“?
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Jazz hands is the “applause” equivalence in British sign language. It is done by emotionally extending the hands, with palms facing forward. The fingers are splayed and rapidly shaken as in tremors. This is done just like in cheerleading.
Proponents of Jazz hands
According to the Macunion, the Manchester students body made the “brave” decision to “…support those with disabilities and/or sensory conditions to participate in events.”
This has been applauded by notable public figures. Among them is BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine who immediately took to Twitter to show solidarity with the students. In his words, Vine says he is “glad some brave young souls decided to ignore the difficulties caused by sudden noises 100 years ago.”
Just like any major change, the introduction of jazz hands has not gone down well with some others. In fact, popular presenter, Piers Morgan critically made a jest of the gesture on live TV. He claims jazz hands could actually make him anxious.