Syracuse University will no longer have a kiss cam during its home football games after a letter to the editor published at Syracuse.com alleged that it condones sexual assault.
Here's the key passage from the letter written by Steve Port, which really drives the point home:
The first two people (and probably most people that wind up on the kiss cam) were happy to oblige the camera. However, the cameraman then scanned into the student section where a young man and a young woman were shown. Clearly not a couple, the male student pleaded his case for a kiss on the big screen while the female adamantly shook her head no. So what does this guy do? He grabs her head and shoves his tongue down her throat, the crowd cheers.
The next "couple" shown were again students that were clearly not a couple. Again, this second female in question shakes her head no. I then see no less than six sets of hands from the seats around her shove her unwilling face into his, crowd cheers.
This is completely unacceptable behavior by the male students, the surrounding students and the crowd. It makes me sick that in a day and age where sexual assault (particularly on college campuses) is so rampant that school officials would allow such a display to happen.
The instances I witnessed at the game encourage and condone sexual assault and a sense of male entitlement, at best. And they are an actual instance of assault, at worst.
Kiss cam is regularly used at professional sporting events, and it almost never results in scenarios like the ones described here, probably because of a more mature crowd in what is usually a less rowdy environment.
Given the current sensitivity surrounding the issue of sexual assault on college campuses, however, the decision is completely understandable.
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[via The Big Lead]