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“This is racism:” UW officials ask fan to remove offensive parts of costume during Badgers/Nebraska game

Inappropriate costume at Badgers/Nebraska game (PHOTO: @WhoaOhKatie on Twitter)

MADISON β€” University of Wisconsin officials on Saturday, October 29th asked a fan wearing what appeared to be a President Barack Obama mask and a noose around his neck to remove the offensive parts of the costume during the school’s football game against Nebraska.

A picture circulating on social media showed the fan in a black-and-white jumpsuit, wearing the mask, the noose and a sign on his chest. Another person appeared to be holding up the rope of the noose.

The fan complied when guest services staff asked to remove the offensive parts of the costume, according to a school statement:

During the first half of this evening’s Wisconsin football game against Nebraska, UW officials were made aware that an individual in the seating bowl had donned a highly insensitive and offensive costume. Β UW Athletics’ guest services staff were dispatched to the individual’s seating area where they asked him to remove the offensive components of the costume. He complied.

UW Athletics’ policy regarding admission into the stadium with a costume stipulates that no one may be wearing a mask upon entering the facility. Once inside, it is permissible to wear a mask. The costume, while repugnant AND COUNTER TO THE VALUES OF THE UNIVERSITY AND ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT, was an exercise of the individual’s right to free speech. The university also exercised its rights by asking the individual to remove the offensive parts of the costume.

UW-Madison is dedicated to promoting a campus environment where all people feel valued, safe and able to thrive. Β To that end, the university continues to encourage all of our community members to engage in discussion over vital issues in ways that promote greater understanding and respect for all persons.

University policy does not allow fans to wear masks while entering the stadium, but they are allowed to wear them once inside.

The school said the costume, “while repugnant and counter to the values of the university and athletic department, was an exercise of the individual’s right to free speech.”

Wisconsin says it also exercised its right to ask the fan to remove the offensive parts of the costume.

7 comments

  • deletedagain

    Did the perpetrator mean it as a jab at black people or a jab at a terrible president? People put down Bush too but racism wasn’t brought up then.

    • Onepackerfan

      If you don’t see the difference between putting down Bush and simulating a lynching of a black man, whether he’ s the President or not, you’re either being disingenuous or too stupid to walk and chew gum at the same time. My opinion is that you’re an idiot.

      • deletedagain

        You completely missed the point here. The people who were offend and you played the race card. You see racism everywhere you look. Life must be rough in your racist world.

      • drewboyy

        And just like that, “freedom of speech”, goes out the window. Im OFFENDED by people that are easily offended.

      • Retired Navy Commander

        So yo are saying that if they hanged President Bush, that would not be bad because of the history of lynching? Check your history, more whites were lynched than blacks. I hope you never chew gum because you would never be able to walk.

  • Retired Navy Commander

    If it was a white president, I wonder what the reaction would be? Did anyone notice the gang of blacks that beat the crap out of a 65 year old white man? Where was his safe space?

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