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Ole Miss students, football team disrupt ‘Laramie Project’ play with gay slurs

Thursday, October 3, 2013

OXFORD, Miss. — An audience consisting of mostly University of Mississippi students, including an estimated 20 Ole Miss football players, disrupted the University’s theater department production of “The Laramie Project” Tuesday night, heckling cast members and shouting anti-gay slurs.

Austin McAfee, AP

Austin McAfee, AP

Cast members said the audience became so disruptive at times that they struggled completing the play, reported the school’s student newspaper, The Daily Mississippian.

Rory Ledbetter, the play’s director and faculty member, said some audience members used derogatory slurs like “fag” and heckled both cast members and the characters they were portraying for their body types and sexual orientations.

Ledbetter called the audience reactions “borderline hate speech.”

“I am the only gay person on the cast,” said theater major Garrison Gibbons. “I played a gay character in the show, and to be ridiculed like that was something that really made me realize that some people at Ole Miss and in Mississippi still can’t accept me for who I am.”

“The Laramie Project” chronicles the aftermath of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay University of Wyoming student who was brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left to die. Shepard was targeted because he was gay.

Ledbetter told The Daily Mississippian that the football players were not the only audience members that were being offensive, “but they were definitely the ones who seemed to initiate others in the audience to say things, too.”

Theatre Department Chair Rene Pulliam said the football players were asked by the athletics department to apologize to the cast, but said “I’m not sure the players truly understood what they were apologizing for.”

Ole Miss president Dan Jones and athletic director Ross Bjork released a joint statement on Thursday afternoon saying “we strongly condemn the behavior exhibited Tuesday night.”

The statement says that the incident included freshman athletes from several different sports and it was “clear that some students badly misrepresented the culture of this university.”

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“As a member of the Ole Miss family, each of us has a responsibility to be accountable for our actions, and these individuals will be held accountable,” the statement said. “Our investigation will determine the degree to which any and all students were involved.”

“It’s ironic in a way. In (“The Laramie Project’) we address these topics of hate against homosexuals,” Ledbetter said. “What happened in the audience was the very thing we were trying to portray in the show. (The incident) suggests we have a long way to go.”

Ole Miss dean of students Sparky Reardon said a bias incident response team, which is made up of faculty and staff, would investigate the incident and make any discipline recommendations to the university.

Sunday, October 6 marks the 15th anniversary of the attack on Matthew Shepard; he died six days later.

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  1. punks

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:18pm
  2. Well, that’s pretty shitty.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:19pm
  3. This is so upsetting

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:20pm
  4. My Parents went to Ole Miss and the would be rolling in their graves if they hadn’t been cremated…I have always been proud of Ole Miss because of them…but no more!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:20pm
  5. I posted on their facebook page, my disgust at the actions of their football players, surprisingly my comments were removed.

    Replied on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 3:20pm
  6. It seems as though hatred and intolerance are alive and well at Ole Miss! I wonder if anything will be done to the culprits to set an example that this is not okay and should not be accepted!

    Replied on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 5:52pm
  7. Why go there if you’re just gonna act immature? Hell an elementary school acts more grown at school functions than this.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:20pm
  8. Expulsion. Not okay.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:21pm
  9. This is why I’m a Michigan fan
    Go blue!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:21pm
  10. knowing what the play was about….they went JUST to cause a bigoted scene.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:21pm
  11. Figures. What a bunch of losers!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:21pm
  12. either they don’t know much about love and tolerance and accepting people as is … or
    there are a lot of closet cases in that group … what a great way to be around a lot of healthy naked fellas, join the football team …
    Just saying

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:22pm
  13. Paint the locker rooms pink!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:22pm
  14. I don’t call people this very often, but what a bunch of trash. The players should be suspended.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:22pm
  15. Suspend them all

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:22pm
  16. Suspend 20 players…..
    Oh, right…..not high school.
    Too much MONEY involved for morals.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:22pm
  17. they should still be suspended....HELL THROWN OFF THE TEAM sounds better.

    Replied on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:09pm
  18. Revoke their football scholarships.

    Replied on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:17pm
  19. Accept people for who they are. Do not belittle someone for who they are!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:22pm
  20. The Ole Miss Rednecks!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:23pm
  21. SHAME ON THESE MORONS!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:23pm
  22. Suspend every last one of them….

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:23pm
  23. Better yet suspend the team from playing that might get through to them.

    Replied on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:15pm
  24. Better yet suspend the team from playing that might get through to them.

    Replied on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:15pm
  25. Better yet suspend the team from playing that might get through to them.

    Replied on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:15pm
  26. Great time to send a strong message...!

    Replied on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 2:38am
  27. shame on them!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:24pm
  28. What a fucking disgrace but what can you expect from some deadbeat America students who are just as pathetic like Matthews killers

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:25pm
  29. Community work and public shaming. If they can shame others then they can go shame themselves as well.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:25pm
  30. It is amazing how the football players took time out of their day to make somebody else’s day worse. Disgusting

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:25pm
  31. Bunch of uneducated bigots.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:26pm
  32. That’s fucking horrible

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:26pm
  33. Troll the Ole Miss University, Football, and Athletics FB pages and let them know what you think. I certainly did.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:27pm
  34. They definitely need a punishment. Their apology means nothing because they were told to do it..it is an empty apology. They need a suspension.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:29pm
  35. hate crime Ole Miss Football Ole Miss Athletics hate crime

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:29pm
  36. It’s Mississppi. What do you expect? Slavery was still technically legal in the state until 1995. They never abolished it officially. They have and always will be a bunch of backwards idiots.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:29pm
  37. Sadly that mentality is everywhere. Matthew Shepard was not brutally murdered in Ms.

    Replied on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:53am
  38. Sorry the South has no protections for gay people and you just have to see the venom spewed by the Republican party at gays,this goes for most Republican backwards states even the one that Matthew Shepard was murdered in.

    Replied on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 4:54am
  39. stains!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:30pm
  40. Fuck that! The coach better step in and reprimand them!! The football team are suppose to be held to a hire standard….give to the community not mock it. I don’t think these guys should be able to put a uniform on again…EVER!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:32pm
  41. this so sad and makes me upset i hope they punish the players and to cast im sorry i hope the coach and president do something

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:33pm
  42. I am not surprised

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:34pm
  43. ….I’m just gonna go die in a corner….

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:38pm
  44. So sad that in this day and age that this behavior is tolerated. They should not be allowed to put on the uniform EVER again. This is totally unexceptable and the coach and parents should teach them this.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:39pm
  45. They should be ashamed . . . but I’m not surprised . . . I lived in Mississippi . . . *sighs*

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:40pm
  46. This is shameful. If this represents typical “Ole Miss” behavior, “Ole Miss” is simply a hotbed of backward, unthinking, simple minded fools.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:41pm
  47. The school has to be held accountable.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:41pm
  48. Football players homophobic and stupid? Really? Noooooooooo. You don’t say.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:42pm
  49. They should be suspended from playing at the very least. Should probably lose their scholarships, too. That might make them think twice.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:43pm
  50. Keep up the fight, MSF! This is a prime example of WHY every voice counts. I am a heterosexual female who supports you LGBTQ community. Not all people are that bigoted, but still too many.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:45pm
  51. I dont understand how people can call homosexuals abomination when you disrespect a suicide victims death. Highschool football players have no brains of their own.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:46pm
  52. Football players think they are above the law because of their status. The coach needs to step up, be a coach and give them all an ultimatum. This college and their reputation will be going on a downward spiral. Kids will start to transfer out and no one will want to enroll, except all the ones that promote hatred.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:46pm
  53. What a disgrace!!!! Shame on all of them!!!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:47pm
  54. Wow, a whole team of closet queens? Pretty brave from guys who play grab ass in the showers

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:47pm
  55. Shameful.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:49pm
  56. wow that’s fucked up

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:52pm
  57. Shame!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:53pm
  58. Inexcusable!!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:53pm
  59. Cant expect much to come out of MS…ignorant racists breed there.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9:58pm
  60. Does this surprise ANYone?

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:00pm
  61. disgusting

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:00pm
  62. Absolutely tragic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:01pm
  63. Just another group of immature jocks bigots

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:02pm
  64. God is watching you haters…….

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:02pm
  65. expulsion

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:05pm
  66. They Should All Be Suspended !!!! Jerks

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:05pm
  67. OK remember football players have taken a lot of hits to the head, so they don’t have working brains… besides ( Ole Miss. Rebels) “dudes look like ladies” & they’re trying to be tough …but it don’t work.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:06pm
  68. someone on the coaching staff knew something

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:07pm
  69. Stay classy, Ole Miss.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:08pm
  70. The players who spewed the negative remarks who didn’t know what they were apologizing for have obviously been hit in the head too many times during practice. Time to grow the hell up already.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:08pm
  71. I guess in Mississippi that’s what called ‘team spirit’. I’ll bet there won’t be any ramifications as this is the school’s main revenue stream. Go Rebels? (NOT)

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:08pm
  72. Shamefull.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:09pm
  73. Will never like Ole Miss now. Too bad The Blind Side didn’t portray the football team as the bigots they are. Shame on the coaches for not punishing the team to show this behavior is not okay.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:10pm
  74. Bullies.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:13pm
  75. This is just sad…really sad.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:13pm
  76. what a bunch of assholes. D: I would be pissed to have kids at that school acting like a bunch of shits.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:14pm
  77. Bah.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:14pm
  78. i hope they pull a marshall

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:16pm
  79. i hope they pull a marshall

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:16pm
  80. i hope they pull a marshall

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:16pm
  81. Hello if you’re bisexual please like my page

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:19pm
  82. i'm not bi..i'm gay...but i'll like ur page anyway..

    Replied on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 4:09am
  83. Hello if you’re bisexual please like my page

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:19pm
  84. Hello if you’re bisexual please like my page

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:19pm
  85. Why is your website not working?

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:21pm
  86. Why is your website not working?

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:21pm
  87. Why is your website not working?

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:21pm
  88. They should all be suspended. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. And they knew exactly what they were doing. It’s the freaking Laramie Project!!! On top of that, when would football players seriously go to their university theatre production all at the same time?

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:22pm
  89. They should all be suspended. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. And they knew exactly what they were doing. It’s the freaking Laramie Project!!! On top of that, when would football players seriously go to their university theatre production all at the same time?

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:22pm
  90. They should all be suspended. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. And they knew exactly what they were doing. It’s the freaking Laramie Project!!! On top of that, when would football players seriously go to their university theatre production all at the same time?

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:22pm
  91. How many of those good ole boys are doing it out behind the barn with one another? Me thinks tho doth protest too much!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:24pm
  92. How many of those good ole boys are doing it out behind the barn with one another? Me thinks tho doth protest too much!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:24pm
  93. How many of those good ole boys are doing it out behind the barn with one another? Me thinks tho doth protest too much!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:24pm
  94. Shame !

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:25pm
  95. Shame !

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:25pm
  96. Shame !

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:25pm
  97. Hillbillies

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:26pm
  98. Hillbillies

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:26pm
  99. Hillbillies

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:26pm
  100. Then we at AUBURN need to beat their butts~!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:26pm
  101. Then we at AUBURN need to beat their butts~!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:26pm
  102. Then we at AUBURN need to beat their butts~!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:26pm
  103. That is why they play football! Why don’t they try studying. Meat heads

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:26pm
  104. That is why they play football! Why don’t they try studying. Meat heads

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:26pm
  105. That is why they play football! Why don’t they try studying. Meat heads

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:26pm
  106. I don’t like it, but they are rebels and they always will be…

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:29pm
  107. I don’t like it, but they are rebels and they always will be…

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:29pm
  108. I don’t like it, but they are rebels and they always will be…

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:29pm
  109. This is unacceptable, I don’t give a crap who they think they are. One – You don’t behave like this in a theatre. Two – You don’t disrespect people who are trying their best. Three – Just because you are athletes you do not have any sort of “free pass’ in life. Grow up!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:33pm
  110. This is unacceptable, I don’t give a crap who they think they are. One – You don’t behave like this in a theatre. Two – You don’t disrespect people who are trying their best. Three – Just because you are athletes you do not have any sort of “free pass’ in life. Grow up!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:33pm
  111. This is unacceptable, I don’t give a crap who they think they are. One – You don’t behave like this in a theatre. Two – You don’t disrespect people who are trying their best. Three – Just because you are athletes you do not have any sort of “free pass’ in life. Grow up!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:33pm
  112. Jus shameful!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:39pm
  113. Jus shameful!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:39pm
  114. Jus shameful!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:39pm
  115. Shame on them,, their parents,, their coaches and their town

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:39pm
  116. Shame on them,, their parents,, their coaches and their town

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:39pm
  117. Shame on them,, their parents,, their coaches and their town

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:39pm
  118. It probably depends on how well the football team is doing, as to whether there’ll be any punishment for such a disgusting act of hatred. Will it EVER STOP? (SMH)

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:43pm
  119. It probably depends on how well the football team is doing, as to whether there’ll be any punishment for such a disgusting act of hatred. Will it EVER STOP? (SMH)

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:43pm
  120. It probably depends on how well the football team is doing, as to whether there’ll be any punishment for such a disgusting act of hatred. Will it EVER STOP? (SMH)

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:43pm
  121. A bunch of spoiled pos … I sure hope karma does not deal out any neck injuries to those jerks … All though deserving maybe :)

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:44pm
  122. A bunch of spoiled pos … I sure hope karma does not deal out any neck injuries to those jerks … All though deserving maybe :)

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:44pm
  123. A bunch of spoiled pos … I sure hope karma does not deal out any neck injuries to those jerks … All though deserving maybe :)

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:44pm
  124. This is just wrong. Everyone involved with the heckling of gay slurs should have diciplinary action taken again st them. This kind of behavior is totally unacceptable! And not be tolerated by the University!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:49pm
  125. This is just wrong. Everyone involved with the heckling of gay slurs should have diciplinary action taken again st them. This kind of behavior is totally unacceptable! And not be tolerated by the University!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:49pm
  126. This is just wrong. Everyone involved with the heckling of gay slurs should have diciplinary action taken again st them. This kind of behavior is totally unacceptable! And not be tolerated by the University!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:49pm
  127. So, wait, they just got a slap on the wrist? And the administration said they will “investigate” their behavior? Okay, so at this level of education it is NOT okay to be cutting on any group of people. You would think that at this level people would be more educated to realize that not everyone is the same and we should proudly show the world that we are all equal. Well, I guess I should not be surprised with this because it is a sports team, and, as we all know, they get everything they want and everyone else has to work their asses off. When will they learn? They should take a page from that high school coach that suspended the entire team for the same reason and more and required them to do community service. Everyone should do this.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:56pm
  128. So, wait, they just got a slap on the wrist? And the administration said they will “investigate” their behavior? Okay, so at this level of education it is NOT okay to be cutting on any group of people. You would think that at this level people would be more educated to realize that not everyone is the same and we should proudly show the world that we are all equal. Well, I guess I should not be surprised with this because it is a sports team, and, as we all know, they get everything they want and everyone else has to work their asses off. When will they learn? They should take a page from that high school coach that suspended the entire team for the same reason and more and required them to do community service. Everyone should do this.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:56pm
  129. So, wait, they just got a slap on the wrist? And the administration said they will “investigate” their behavior? Okay, so at this level of education it is NOT okay to be cutting on any group of people. You would think that at this level people would be more educated to realize that not everyone is the same and we should proudly show the world that we are all equal. Well, I guess I should not be surprised with this because it is a sports team, and, as we all know, they get everything they want and everyone else has to work their asses off. When will they learn? They should take a page from that high school coach that suspended the entire team for the same reason and more and required them to do community service. Everyone should do this.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:56pm
  130. Can we fence off Mississippi from the rest of the world…

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:59pm
  131. Can we fence off Mississippi from the rest of the world…

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:59pm
  132. Can we fence off Mississippi from the rest of the world…

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:59pm
  133. Yikes. Shows you how far we have to go to attain respect and civility from the haters and bigots.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:00pm
  134. Yikes. Shows you how far we have to go to attain respect and civility from the haters and bigots.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:00pm
  135. Yikes. Shows you how far we have to go to attain respect and civility from the haters and bigots.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:00pm
  136. SAD!!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:02pm
  137. SAD!!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:02pm
  138. SAD!!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:02pm
  139. Always classy Mississippi..not!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:07pm
  140. Always classy Mississippi..not!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:07pm
  141. Always classy Mississippi..not!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:07pm
  142. What would you expect from the backwards state of Mississippi. I am not at all surprised!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:08pm
  143. What would you expect from the backwards state of Mississippi. I am not at all surprised!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:08pm
  144. What would you expect from the backwards state of Mississippi. I am not at all surprised!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:08pm
  145. None are so blind as those who will not see.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:16pm
  146. H8 is a sign of ignorance, impotence, and weakness.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:20pm
  147. The crap never ends does it?!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:20pm
  148. Make em pay.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:30pm
  149. too sad for them. send some light to these people…thanks…

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:31pm
  150. sick, dumb fuck jocks!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:37pm
  151. Fire the coaching staff !

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:38pm
  152. unexcusable

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:38pm
  153. Disgusted….but not surprised.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:40pm
  154. Bigotry dies hard..

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:42pm
  155. Sports worship, it’s a big part of what makes America one of the dumbest countries nowadays

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:45pm
  156. If we as a nation don’t get our shit together, we will fall like the Romans did.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:47pm
  157. Shameful. The team should be disbanded.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:53pm
  158. Shame on you.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:53pm
  159. What else did you expect from ignorant redneck Mississippi

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:55pm
  160. Wouldn’t it be nice if they suspended all the athletes for the year, but at a southern school where football is king? It’s doubtful, but it would be nice to set a precedent.

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:56pm
  161. What a disgusting bunch of beings

    Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 11:58pm
  162. I can’t even! That play was meant to honor Matthew Shepherd, not create more gay slurs and create horrible feelings.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:02am
  163. FOAD

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:03am
  164. In-case one needed a reason to NOT go to Mississippi…….

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:04am
  165. The administration will claim they have no bigotry at their university. The south is still bigot heaven.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:23am
  166. Another reason I will never step foot in backward Mississippi …..

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:35am
  167. I wonder why that sportsmanship rule they have on the field doesnt carry over into day to day life. As team players they are taught win or lose you are to show respect to the other players and treat them as you would any of your team mates, why does this same respect not follow them off the field and shown to everyone else?

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:36am
  168. EXPULSION… no less! Obvious their coach has no balls, yes pun intended!

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:47am
  169. sad thing is theres at least a few players on that team who are gay and closeted

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:53am
  170. Not only is the entire event disgusting but the lack luster response by old miss is equally disgusting.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:56am
  171. That’s Ole Sis for ya…

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 1:08am
  172. It’s Mississippi, I am not shocked at all…what is the school doing about this disgrace?

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 1:08am
  173. Shocking…

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 1:10am
  174. Why doesn’t this surprise me…Mississippi and Alabama…two bastions of hatred and bigotry…….

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 1:12am
  175. Bad form

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 1:19am
  176. some people never get their brain to grow along with their body.. I’m sure there are a lot of alums very embarrassed today

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 1:46am
  177. Assholes will always be assholes

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 1:54am
  178. YEP EXPELL THEM AND SACK THE TEACHER

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 1:56am
  179. this is so sad, why would they want to lower themselves? we all know racism and intolerance is alive, when will little boys grow up? even the older adults are acting like they’re still in high school…shame!! they should all be expelled with no return!! ass holes!!

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 1:58am
  180. Fine example of narcissism.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 2:07am
  181. The kids are at fault for sure, but the school bares some responsibility.My cousin went to law school there and did not get a single break. University of Mississippi ~ Ole Miss {https://www.facebook.com/olemiss} your Ole Miss Athletics {https://www.facebook.com/olemisssports} and other departments need to stop embarrassing our state. College is a place to learn how to deal with all people, not just the ones who look like and act like us. We are still a part of the USA.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 2:10am
  182. Suspend them for the season

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 2:22am
  183. Yeah what can anyone expect from Ole Red Neck Miss State idiotic, ignorant and un cultured …

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 2:49am
  184. The hecklers must have come to the university backwards rather than forward. Guess they have to spend a bit of time falling behind in order to catch up. Hope their college funds don’t go to waste if they’re expelled. That would be unfortunate… unless they have the heart to let others with more humanity take their places with their remaining college funds. That would be very nice, indeed.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 2:55am
  185. Mississippi, why?! :( This is not okay in any way.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 3:32am
  186. What assholes… some people… *shrugs* not like it’s not happening still.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 3:40am
  187. They are obviously the epitome of class -_-

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 3:41am
  188. So ironic, that one fight equality does not extend to everyone’s fight for equality.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 3:42am
  189. Sad.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 3:57am
  190. Suspend and educate!

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 4:01am
  191. The parents of these children should be punished for messing them up!

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 4:02am
  192. They need to take the class, “How not to be Bigoted and Hateful~101.” Then, they need to be benched for the rest of the season…

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 4:05am
  193. So where is the class that Christians claim to have? This is another place where losers go.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 4:06am
  194. Assholes!!

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 5:08am
  195. Not cool…at all!

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 5:11am
  196. My school’s doing this show in a few weeks…I dare someone to try something

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 5:13am
  197. This is disgusting. The coach or the school should suspend them for their behaviour.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 5:25am
  198. This, it doesn’t surprise me for Mississippi, shame on you. For a bible belt state you should be tolerant because I’ve always been told the bible says God loves all of us EQUALLY and he created ALL of us. Isn’t that so!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 5:27am
  199. I am constantly embarrassed to be from this state!

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 5:39am
  200. you were expecting class from Ole Misery? Suspend the football players. They’ll get paid anyway.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 5:45am
  201. Loss of scholarship and 30 minutes to pack ONE box before being booted off the campus, permanently.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 5:48am
  202. EXPULSION.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 5:52am
  203. Well it looks like ole’Miss has turned from hatred of African Americans to Gays. In 1962 an African American tried to enroll as a student and all hell broke loose at Ol’ Miss.Two people died before the rioting was quelled.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 6:43am
  204. Get rid of them all! How are we not teaching them younger that all people should be accepted!

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 6:54am
  205. What a group of repulsive filth. Ole Miss should be ashamed to have such a team.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 8:37am
  206. That is one of diverse reasons as to WHY the male circumcision industry exists.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 9:35am
  207. Regardless, FGM is equally satanic as well.

    Replied on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 9:40am
  208. bloody disgraceful

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 10:56am
  209. football team should be disciplined for the disruption of a college play about a gay character.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 11:45am
  210. Expel the lot of them.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 11:55am
  211. Unbelievably disgusting!

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:24pm
  212. Typical big dumb bigoted football jocks! did you expect better behavior?

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:50pm
  213. This coach should take a tip from the High School coach who suspended the entire team for the actions of a few bullies.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:55pm
  214. I will be honored to be hanged after I stab each one of them!

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:58pm
  215. A lot of people are probably not going to agree with me on this but as a gay man that lived through a lot of this back in college I think that this is not a time to punish the people involved in this but to take this opportunity to teach the entire school a valuable lesson in treating everyone as equals. We have the responsibility to teach our youth that all life has value. We are all different in some way or another, if we were all the same it would be a very boring world. So take this time to teach tolerance and understanding not more hate.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 1:32pm
  216. they need to be spooned by hitler!!!

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 1:47pm
  217. rainbow buses!!

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 1:50pm
  218. these days I expect this from the south…shame on them

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 1:56pm
  219. JUDGEMENTAL

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 2:01pm
  220. Oh helllllll NO. I am NOT an Ole Miss fan anymore.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 2:03pm
  221. The players should be expelled but Ole Miss AD will not do anything to disrupt their football season

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 3:36pm
  222. Nnikii Nefertity

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 5:40pm
  223. i like football :3

    Replied on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 7:26pm
  224. They wont do anything to them because they are football players….

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 5:54pm
  225. “Dislike” Horrible just horrible

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 6:06pm
  226. Suspension for the lot of them.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 6:48pm
  227. Stay classy, Ole Piss…

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 7:17pm
  228. I lived briefly in Meridian Mississippi for the Navy.. What an armpit that town was. I am not surprised to read this. The back woods mentality is that of hicks. No surprise whatsoever..

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 7:28pm
  229. What a bunch of bigoted REDNECKS.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 8:02pm
  230. suspension! the least.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 8:27pm
  231. Yes, I got the hell outta there pdq

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 8:56pm
  232. The entire school needs to be in diversity class…BIG TIME!

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 8:57pm
  233. Its like they say gay slurs but yet some of them are gay.

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 9:23pm
  234. let’s not forget “Two can play that game.”

    Posted on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 11:58pm