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U of Wisconsin Says Fan In Obama Noose Costume Exercising ‘Free Speech’

After a University of Wisconsin-Madison football game where a student showed up in an President Obama costume with a noose tied around their neck, school officials released a statement calling the incredibly problematic outfit “repugnant,” but that it “was an exercise of the individual’s right to free speech,” The Root reported.


According to the school, guest services approached the student and instead of asking him to leave, he was told “to remove the offensive components of the costume, which he apparently did.

Their full statement read:

During the first half of this evening’s Wisconsin football game against Nebraska, UW officials were made aware that an individual in the seating bowl had donned a highly insensitive and offensive costume. UW Athletics’ guest services staff were dispatched to the individual’s seating area where they asked him to remove the offensive components of the costume. He complied.

UW Athletics’ policy regarding admission into the stadium with a costume stipulates that no one may be wearing a mask upon entering the facility. Once inside, it is permissible to wear a mask. The costume, while repugnant AND COUNTER TO THE VALUES OF THE UNIVERSITY AND ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT, was an exercise of the individual’s right to free speech. The university also exercised its rights by asking the individual to remove the offensive parts of the costume.

UW-Madison is dedicated to promoting a campus environment where all people feel valued, safe and able to thrive. To that end, the university continues to encourage all of our community members to engage in discussion over vital issues in ways that promote greater understanding and respect for all persons.

The amount of disrespect that this nation’s first Black president receives is heartbreaking and infuriating.

They Tried It! Bill Cosby’s Attorneys Say That Their Client Cannot Defend Himself in Court Because He’s Legally Blind

Bill Cosby

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Bill Cosby’s attorneys recently filed a new motion in a Pennsylvania court, arguing that because their client is legally blind, he won’t be able to fully defend himself at his criminal trial. They are hoping that this will get the charges against him dropped.

According to CNN, the motion filed on Thursday states that the fallen actor is “legally blind” (his vision his 20/200 or less in the better eye) and he has registered with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. Cosby’s lawyers plan on providing a copy of his doctor’s report in court on Tuesday.

No 79-year-old blind man could possibly defend himself against a claim that he sexually assaulted someone he supposedly met once, half a century ago — and the Commonwealth knows it,” they say.

His defense lawyers also stated that prosecutors have “chosen to turn this case into a platform for Mr. Cosby’s other accusers to air their even staler, long-ago time-barred claims that were never reported to authorities.”

As Hello Beautiful previously reported, Cosby has been charged with three charges of felony indecent assault for the 2004 assault of Temple University employee Andrea Constand.

The Irony! Donald Trump Supporter Arrested For Voter Fraud In Iowa

Donald Trump Visits Turnberry Golf Club

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When Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said that the system was rigged we’re pretty sure he didn’t think that “voter fraud” was happening from his own supporters–but it is. A woman from Iowa was recently arrested for trying to vote twice.

Oh, the irony!

According to The Independent, Terri Lynn Rote admitted that she casted two ballots in the US presidential election, because she was afraid that her first vote for Trump would be changed into a vote for Hillary Clinton.

Utterly ridiculous.

Rote said that voting the second time was a “spur of the moment” situation and that she just happened to walk past a satellite voting location in the Iowa state capital.

 “I don’t know what came over me,” she told the Washington Post.

The Des Moines Register wrote that the staunch Trump reporter had been charged with first-degree election misconduct and was released on Friday after posting a $5,000 bond. Her hearing is scheduled for 7 November.

The Independent noted that Rote’s Facebook page contains posts describing Ms Clinton as “Satan” and derogatory comments about Black people and Muslims.

That’s not shocking in any kind of way.

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