BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A concerned fan has prompted Syracuse University to put its “kiss cam” tradition on hold.
The fan said he saw forcible kissing take place on the Jumbotron at the Carrier Dome during the Sept. 12 football game against Wake Forest.
He said the kiss cam framed women who didn’t want any part in the kiss, and fans cheered men on as they kissed them anyway.
The fan wrote a letter to the editor of Syracuse.com, expressing his concern over a tradition he feels promotes campus sexual violence.
Executive Director of the Family Justice Center, Mary Travers Murphy, told News 4 being on camera puts an added pressure on someone, which isn’t always healthy.
“Good for Syracuse University. We don’t want to put women in compromising positions like that. And somebody had the presence of mind to write a letter and the University had the presence of mind to think about it and say ‘yeah, why are we doing this?’ It’s as easy as not doing it,” she told News 4.
A University spokesperson said Syracuse is taking time to assess the situation.
The kiss cam did not appear during the game against Central Michigan Saturday.
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