SYRACUSE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The “kiss cam” at the Carrier Dome has gone dark, at least for now, after a football fan suggested it sends the wrong message at a time when colleges are trying to end campus sexual violence.
The camera frames unsuspecting couples in a heart on the Jumbotron while the game crowd cheers for them to kiss.
Steve Port of Manlius, in a letter to Syracuse.com, described what he called “horrifying” kiss cam behavior during Syracuse University’s Sept. 12 game against Wake Forest. He says fans cheered as men forcibly kissed women who were clearly saying no.
Syracuse athletics spokeswoman Sue Edson says the university is taking time to assess the concerns.
In the meantime, the camera did not operate during Saturday’s game against Central Michigan University.
Last week, the Mets stopped featuring opposing players on its kiss cam at Citi Field following complaints of homophobia.
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