Syracuse University has officially joined the rest of the PC university crowd (we’re looking at you University of Tennessee) and has banned their kiss cam from sports games, after a fan suggested that it sent the wrong message at a time when colleges are fighting against campus sexual violence.
Steve Port of Manlius was the one to file the complaint after he saw a game against Wake Forest on September 12. He claims that the kiss cam encouraged unacceptable behavior and even assault, since he saw several men forcibly kiss women who were clearly saying no.
According to Fox News,
In one of two examples, he said a woman’s head shake was met with “no less than six sets of hands from the seats around her shov(ing) her unwilling face into his.” The crowd cheered, he wrote in a letter to the editor, which generated hundreds of comments on Syracuse.com, both agreeing and disagreeing with him.
“Honestly, I wasn’t out to kill the kiss cam,” Port said by phone Tuesday. “I was just out to raise an important issue that I saw happening and that’s important to me. I’ve always kind of been a little put off by it anyway, but never witnessed an actual act of — oh, my God, this woman is saying no and it didn’t matter.”
The kiss cam feature was pulled from Saturday’s game against Central Michigan.
Syracuse University athletics spokeswoman Sue Edson addressed the issue stating, “We are taking the time to assess the concerns expressed in the letter to the editor.”
But what do students have to say about this? Is this only the complaint from a man twice their age? Or is this a common thought? Senior Elaina Crockett suggests authorities polling the students on their thoughts.
Crockett, who writes a column about gender and sexuality for The Daily Orange student newspaper, said that otherwise it’s counter to today’s emphasis on affirmative consent that stresses communication and respect for boundaries as a way to reduce campus sexual assaults.
“Just because I’m sitting somewhere doesn’t mean that I’m entitled to kiss this stranger. That’s a horrible assumption that we’ve created,” she said by phone.
While I see her point, I think it’s all in good fun. I would hope the idiot sitting next to her wouldn’t try to mack on her if she wasn’t into it, but based on stupidity alone, who knows if that’s even a viable option.
So what do you think – should the kiss cam be banned? Or is Syracuse taking it too far?