SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WIVB) — A tradition celebrated at many sporting events will no longer make appearances at Syracuse Orange games after officials at the prestigious university took a letter to the editor to heart.
A concerned fan wrote to Syracuse.com pleading for change after witnessing something he described as horrifying. The author, who said he watched a game on Sept. 12, described a scene where multiple men and women were featured on the camera — that typically pans over ‘couples’ during games and encourages them to kiss in front of the crowd — but several women declined the kiss from a person who they clearly weren’t involved with.
The author said the men threw themselves onto the women despite the fact that the women declined the kiss. He said if the young men in the audience can’t respect the decisions of others, then the kiss camera should not be a regular feature.
Syracuse University officials agreed. Just one day after publishing the letter to the editor on Syracuse.com, the kiss camera was not employed at a game between Syracuse and Central Michigan University.
According to Syracuse.com, one Syracuse athletics department official said the university will take time to assess the concerns, and have suspended the kiss camera.