Ole Miss Players Yell “Fag,” Completely Miss the Point of Gay Awareness Play
Ole Miss’ student paper, The Daily Mississippian, is reporting as many as 20 Ole Miss Football players were more than disrespectful during Ole Miss theater department’s production of “The Laramie Project” by yelling gay slurs and heckling cast members.
The play is about the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. According to the paper, the players were attending the play as part of their freshmen-level theatre class which requires students attend a minimum amount of plays per semester. Although the players were asked to apologize to the cast, the director said he felt as if the players didn’t understand why they were apologizing.
Ole Miss head coach, Hugh Freeze issued this statement via Twitter:
We certainly do not condone any actions that offend or hurt people in any way.We are working with all departments involved to find the facts
— Hugh Freeze (@CoachHughFreeze) October 3, 2013
So far, the names of the players have not been released. No word on if the students face any punishment.
The story has become so popular, The Daily Mississippian website is having trouble handling the traffic. You can read their entire story on The Daily Mississippian’s Facebook page.
At least Oxford fans can now take the bad press with a little cold beer. So there’s that.