Syracuse Pulled Kiss Cam After Complaint They Encouraged Sexual Assault

By Ty Duffy

Syracuse has pulled the kiss cam at Syracuse games, after a letter to the editor at argued it “encourages and condones sexual assault and a sense of male entitlement.”

Clearly not a couple, the male student pleaded his case for a kiss on the big screen while the female adamantly shook her head no. So what does this guy do? He grabs her head and shoves his tongue down her throat, the crowd cheers.

The next “couple” shown were again students that were clearly not a couple. Again, this second female in question shakes her head no. I then see no less than six sets of hands from the seats around her shove her unwilling face into his, crowd cheers.

Two points…

Universities across the country have a terrible record handling sexual assault and creating a safe climate for women.

Kiss cams are awful. Sometimes it’s a cute old couple. The “humor” comes either (a) from the situation described above when it’s a man and woman who aren’t a couple and the woman is peer pressured into complying or (b) a heteronormative “joke” where two guys get put on screen. The Mets finally stopped putting two opposing players on the kiss cam a few days ago.

There are arguments against censorship and political correctness ad absurdum. Protecting the grand American tradition of stadium kiss cams is not a hill to die on. Get rid of them.