Syracuse University Pulls "Kiss Cam" After Fan Says It Promotes Negative Behavior Toward Women
For anyone who's ever attended a live sporting event, the "kiss cam" is just as inevitable as long lines are during halftime.
However, don't expect to see any of that action on the jumbotron at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., this college football season.
A fan who attended a game this season, Steve Port, wrote a letter to the editor of Syracuse.com in which he discussed the unsettling actions he saw displayed during a recent "kiss cam" jumbotron break.
Port wrote that he witnessed two instances at a recent game in which female students were pressured or physically forced to kiss the male student next to them, despite clearly objecting the action. Throughout his letter, he includes how these actions promoted unwanted sexual advances and "male entitlement."
"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," Port wrote. "No one has the right to forcefully touch someone be it a hug, a kiss or a violent rape."
Port also ended his letter with this statement: "Whether it was out of innocence or ignorance, it is still unacceptable to allow a student to be forcefully touched on a Jumbotron accompanied by cheers from the crowd. It's disgusting."
The kiss cam break was absent during Syracuse University's most recent game since the incident, and an athlete department official reported that it will remain on hiatus for now.
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