Officials at Louisiana State University are taking heat after the wording on a sports promo seemed to exclude women.
LSU Football put out a tweet advertising its auction to promote the upcoming season opener against Georgia Southern. The campaign was set to sell a pre-game meal as well as a breakfast, and sideline passes. But the restrictions section read, “Females are able to participate in all activities leading up to the game Sideline passes excluded.”
The language has since been deleted. (But here it is) pic.twitter.com/K5VkvTmPFh
— Katie Gwinn Hewitt (@kfgwinning) August 25, 2019
The choice of language caused some controversy and the school soon put out an apology, Sporting News reported.
“We made a mistake and it’s been corrected. Everyone is welcome to participate in the contest,” LSU Senior Associate Athletic Director Robert Munson wrote on Twitter.
We made a mistake and it’s been corrected. Everybody is welcome to participate in the contest. https://t.co/owCUzjTkha
— Robert J. Munson (@RobertJMunson) August 25, 2019
Several Twitter users pounced on the school for the exclusionary language toward females.
— Melinda Deslatte (@MelindaDeslatte) August 25, 2019
— Sam Karlin (@samkarlin) August 25, 2019
An #LSU official on the school’s Dream Weekend announcement for Georgia Southern, which has since removed a paragraph that said “females” would not have sideline passes.
Says it was a “mistake and it’s been corrected.” Everyone “is welcome to participate.” https://t.co/2ajPzSBOXm
— Brooks Kubena (@BKubena) August 25, 2019
Who in their right might thinks this is ok?
“Females are able to participate in all activities leading up to the game. Sideline passes excluded.”
Try again, LSU. Try again. https://t.co/1NoBnm9aiK
— Brandee Britt (@beebritt34) August 25, 2019
LSU contest initially excluded 'females' from sideline pass prize; university fixed 'mistake' | The Advocate | https://t.co/FDcD3Ew9iM
— MSU News Digest (@MSUNewsDigest) August 26, 2019
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