Wednesday, September 18, 2013

LSU fraternity apologizes for offensive sign

Aggressive and disrespectful advocacy has long been part of sport but the censors are now squashing that too

A Louisiana State University fraternity which posted an offensive sign before last weekend's LSU football game vs. Kent State has replaced it with another apologizing for anyone offended.

WVLA TV in Baton Rouge reported that it was the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity that posted the sign that said, "Getting massacred is nothing new to Kent St." Pictures of the sign were distributed around the Internet on Sunday, drawing negative feedback.

By Sunday night, the station had pictures of the fraternity displaying a new sign saying, "We would like to apologize."

The original sign referenced the May 4, 1970, incident on Kent State's campus when Ohio National Guardsmen fired on anti-war protesters, killing four students and injuring nine.

Kent State released a statement on Sunday through university spokesman Eric Mansfield which read: "May 4, 1970, was a watershed moment for the country and especially the Kent State family. We lost four students that day while nine others were wounded and countless others were changed forever.

"We take offense to the actions of a few people last night who created an inappropriate sign and distracted from the athletic contest on the field.



Anonymous said...

Ok, guys....really? I mean, really? You're so "clever" you had to go to the Kent State Massacre for your reference? Did your parents teach you nothing about simple respect?

Yes, they had a right to say it, but come on guys. Really?

Anonymous said...

It's too bad stupidity is not a crime. Well, not yet anyway. If it were, there would never be enough prison space.

Anonymous said...

Give people freedom (eg. of speech) and they'd rather abuse it than use it for some good.

Anonymous said...

"Freedom, like pure, clean water, is essential to our way of life. Least we forget what too much water can do..."

Anonymous said...

They were allowed free speech and they used it, unfortunately. I believe it was Abe Lincoln who said "It's better to be silent and thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt".

Anonymous said...

The massacre at Kent State was a long time ago; the students probably had only superficial knowledge of what happened.

Anonymous said...

Yeah right - students attend a university shouldn't be expected to know much about what went on in their own country's recent history! So what do they study? Oh yes - fashion, media studies and computer tech., hoping against hope to be gazillionaires before they are 40, or at least a celeb of some sort!