Ahead of a football showdown between the University of Texas at San Antonio and Texas State University on Saturday, administrators at the Alamo City institution are apologizing on behalf of students who took the rivalry too far.
In the past, the I-35 showdown between the two universities has been savage at best, referencing viral memes and taking jabs. But they've rarely been overtly offensive. Many say UTSA students crossed that line when they hung this banner on campus as part of #TexasStateHateWeek.
The banner, which has since been taken down online and on campus, depicts UTSA's Roadrunner mascot sexually assaulting Texas State's Bobcat mascot with "TAKE IT LIKE A BITCH" written above.
Though the original tweet with a picture of the banner on Wednesday afternoon has since been deleted, screenshots have allowed the image to go viral. UTSA President Taylor Eighmy had addressed the controversy by Thursday afternoon.
"The images and sentiments depicted on the banners are disturbing in that they frame our athletic rivalry with Texas State in the context of interpersonal violence and sexual assault," Eighmy said. "We cannot, as an institution, tolerate the perpetuation of a campus culture where these are very serious issues are used lightly or in jest."
Eighmy said the students responsible for the banner will face disciplinary action.
UTSA officials continued to put out the fire online, where users had retweeted the image thousands of times. One Texas State student, @fathersophs, said the banner glamorized "rape culture for an insult."
imagine glamourising rape culture for an insult, texas state CANT RELATE https://t.co/z7j26lV3sm— sophs🇱🇦 (@fathersophs_) September 20, 2018
We absolutely do not condone this and take the matter very seriously. It stands against every principle that UTSA believes in: integrity, excellence, inclusiveness and respect. We apologize to Texas State and our fellow Roadrunners for this exceptionally poor judgement by a few.— UTSA (@UTSA) September 20, 2018
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