Syracuse Suspends Football Stadium's 'Kiss Cam'

September 23, 2015

Syracuse University opted not to use its "kiss cam" during this weekend's football game, after a letter to the editor on Syracuse.com questioned its appropriateness given colleges' current focus on preventing sexual assault. Kiss cams are a popular staple of football and basketball games. During game delays, the camera seeks out couples, encouraging them to kiss. The kiss is displayed on the Jumbotron, often to cheers from the crowd.

But the author of last week's letter stated that the kiss cam "can encourage and condone sexual assault and a sense of male entitlement" by coaxing men to kiss the women they are seated next to, even if the women do not want to be kissed. "We are taking the time to assess the concerns expressed in the letter to the editor," Sue Edson, executive senior associate athletics director for communications, said on Monday.

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