University of Oregon apologizes for offensive chanting toward Brigham Young University

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Video circulating on social media shows OU students chanting offensive things about the Latter Day Saint religion

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – The University of Oregon said it sincerely apologized for the behavior of student fans during the football game against Brigham Young University on Saturday after the video made its way onto social media showing students chanting hateful and offensive things.

The video went viral on social media following Saturday’s game. We hear the students chanting “F—the Mormons”.

Comments on social media called out Ducks fans for targeting the religion of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Spencer Cox, Governor of Utah retweeted the video and said, “Religious bigotry is alive and celebrated in Oregon.”

Aubrey, who asked KOIN 6 News not to use his last name, is the person who recorded the circulating video. She said she didn’t start recording the students’ songs until they did it a third time.

She hoped the video would help them send the message that what they were doing was wrong, but she said they didn’t stop.

“The student section definitely knew I was upset and one of the Oregon fans behind me leaned over and said, basically, ‘Be nice to them. They’re freshmen. Which was really disappointing because it’s an acknowledgment that this person knew what they were doing was wrong,” she said.

She tried to speak to crowd control workers and was told there would be an announcement made in the stadium asking fans to stop their hateful chants, but the announcement never came.

Aubrey is a BYU alumnus and a Latter-day Saint. She was disappointed to see the students act this way. Although she is not very sensitive to religious slurs, she wants the students to know that such chants should not be directed against any religion.

“It seems that [Americans] really tries to respect certain religions, but the Mormon Church has never been a part of it,” she said. “It seems like it’s always okay to make fun of Mormons. And it happens in front of me all the time and I wish it would stop.

The Oregon Pit Crew, which helps organize the student section at sporting events, tweeted a reply to the attacking chants on Saturday night.

“To all @BYUfootball fans in attendance at today’s game (sic), we would like to apologize for the actions of the students in attendance. We do not condone or support any hate speech directed against his religion and are ashamed of those who participated in it,” said the Oregon Pit Crew.

Sunday morning, Cox retweeted the Oregon Pit Crew with a heart emoji and a fist emoji.

The University of Oregon has also tweeted a statement in response to student behavior.

“The University of Oregon sincerely apologizes for an offensive and shameful chant coming from the student section during yesterday’s game against Brigham Young University. These kinds of actions go against everything represents the university and goes against the spirit of competition. We can and will do better as a university community that has no place for hatred, prejudice or bigotry,” he said. declared.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown retweeted the statement from the University of Oregon and said, “In Oregon, we strive to be a welcoming and inclusive state for everyone, regardless of race. , religion, sex or origin. Our state and our nation have an ugly history of discrimination and bigotry. The chanting during yesterday’s Oregon-BYU game was unacceptable. We must do better.

Kris Winter, acting vice president of the University of Oregon’s Division of Student Life, also released a statement in response to the incident. She said, “The university apologizes for the despicable chants thrown by some University of Oregon fans during today’s football game with Brigham Young University. There is no room for hatred, prejudice, or bigotry at the University of Oregon. These actions are simply unacceptable. We will investigate and call on our students and the campus community to refuse to condone or condone this type of behavior.

Aubrey said she would like to see the University of Oregon take more initiative to address the issue. She hopes that the school will organize some kind of diversity training in respect to all religions and that students can learn from this experience.

Aubrey traveled to the University of Oregon game from the Washington DC area. She tries to attend a BYU away football game every year. After this experience, she does not expect to return for another match at the Autzen stadium.

Ahead of Saturday’s game, the BYU football team entered Autzen Stadium with an Oregon flag bearing the name “Webb” and the number 18 in honor of Spencer Webb, a late Oregon Ducks tight end during a fall in July.

BYU recently investigated its fans after they were accused of racially slurring a Duke Volleyball player during a game on Aug. 26. athlete.

KOIN 6 News contacted Brigham Young University and received a response on Monday.

“We appreciate the University of Oregon’s sincere apologies regarding the behavior of some fans at Autzen Stadium on Saturday. We recognize that this isolated behavior does not reflect the values ​​of the University of Oregon. As we all work together to address the incidents that seek to divide us, we are grateful for those willing to come together to build bridges of understanding,” BYU said in a statement.

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