Fan at Badger Game in Obama Mask Asked to Remove Noose

Fan at Badger Game in Obama Mask Asked to Remove Noose

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A fan at tonight’s Badger overtime victory over Nebraska wearing a mask of President Barack Obama was asked the remove the noose around his neck, but was not ejected from the game, according to UW Madison Police.

When UW Police and Athletics officials were alerted via Twitter and text messages, Guest Services at Camp Randall asked the fan to remove the noose or leave, and he complied. He and his party later left on their own, according to UWPD spokesman Marc Lovicott.

On Twitter, both UW-Madison and UW Police repeatedly said they disagree with the symbolism of the noose but that it was “free speech.”

A statement issued by the Athletic Department reads in part, “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. 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.”

It is unclear whether the fan was a student, or which team he was there to support.

Written by Robert Chappell

Robert Chappell

Robert Chappell is associate publisher of Madison365.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Free speech is not freedom to say or do anything! The example always used is you cannot shout fire in a crowded theater. You cannot say, or write or act in any way that constitutes treason! So no, free speech is subject to many restrictions
    Hate speech is. It permitted in any way that could result violence. What this subhuman wore was clearly hate speech and he should have been removed and not permitted back in until he was wearing something that does not constitute HATE SPEECH!

  2. Yup – it’s “not clear if the fan was a student, …” but it is crystal clear that the fan was pure filth.

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