Fan behind Obama-noose costume says no ‘racial intent’

Either Lee Johnson is lying about his decision to wear an Obama costume with a noose around its neck or he’s clueless about the history of racism in America.

Johnson is one of the muttonheads at the University of Wisconsin football game against Nebraska who paraded around Camp Randall Stadium with his friends, prompting an outcry from people who saw the obvious racist imagery involving a black man with a noose.

“I accept FULL responsibility for my actions during the October 29th football game at Camp Randall Stadium. I apologize for the poor judgment of my pre-election/political Halloween costume during the football game. There was no racial intent,” Johnson in an email pulished today by the Wisconsin State Journal.

The university has yanked the season tickets from the man who owns the tickets used by the costume-wearer.

  • rallysocks

    //Either Lee Johnson is lying about his decision to wear an Obama costume with a noose around its neck or he’s clueless about the history of racism in America.//

    I’m going with ‘both’.

  • Elsa1965

    trump supporter?

  • Mike Worcester

    //Either Lee Johnson is lying about his decision to wear an Obama costume
    with a noose around its neck or he’s clueless about the history of
    racism in America.

    If you accept the latter, then is the next question — was he not paying attention in history class? I could say I’m amazed that anyone cannot see the racial component to what he wore, but in today’s climate, I’m saddened to say I’m not amazed.

  • Dave S.

    48 hours in the stocks might impact on his ignorance.

  • Dan

    I guess, in his sort-of-defense, it was also a Clinton costume, and if you look at the picture, the Obama mask was on the back of his head, so the Clinton mask was the front of the costume (main costume?). And there seemed to be a pro-Bernie message on the back.

    In his not-defense, yeah, mask of black president with noose around the neck, and companion in a Trump mask holding the other end of the rope. I’m going to go with the more obvious thing here.

    Reading the linked story, sucks for the guy who owns the tickets.

    • Mike Worcester

      //sucks for the guy who owns the tickets.

      Makes ya wonder if those two will be exchanging birthday cards any time soon (am presuming they did know each other).

      • Dan

        They’re relatives.

    • rallysocks

      a costume with anybody in a noose should not be acceptable.

      • Dan

        Sure. If it were, say, rocker Rob Thomas in the noose, would it be racist though? Seems like the ‘racial intent’ part was the focus of the story and discussion. I do appreciate your strong stance against hangings in effigy for costumes.

        • rallysocks

          haha, yes there is pesky ‘focus’ thing isn’t there. In the words of the late, great Emily Latella, “Nevermind!”

  • Anna

    A Freudian slip? Nope.

    An honest mistake by a dumb jock? Nope.

    A University of Wisconsin fan who should have been stopped at the gate and asked to remove his offensive attire? You betcha!

    This is likely one of many thousands of cheeseheads that voted the flim flam man (as my Millennial son likes to call him) into office.

    I believe there is going to be a recount in Wisconsin, successfully pursued by Jill Stein.

    Allowing this kind of racist commentary in the name of protected free speech is a cop out. He’s just lucky there weren’t any people of color in the stadium. He might have been hung with his own noose!