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LSU airbushes Christian crosses from email photo, some Tiger fans are not amused

Oct 22, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

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Big kerfuffle at Louisiana State, and it involves Photoshop, as most controversies do. It seems that LSU sent out its weekly Geaux-Mail newsletter on Oct. 13 with a photo of the Painted Posse front and center — that’s the small student group who paint their bodies in LSU colors to attend football games.

Part of the paint job is religious crosses on their shoulders, but those were airbrushed out in the photo sent in the email. The newsletter went out following the Tigers’ 23-21 win over then-No. 3 ranked South Carolina.

Here are the before and after photos.

Some devout Christian LSU fans are not pleased with this. And as one might imagine, Fox News is all over the story.

“I was a bit surprised, because our pictures get used so frequently, and the cross had never been edited before,” Posse member Cameron Cooke told CampusReform.org. “The cross painting is important to me because it represents who I am as a Christ follower.

“And it reminds me who I need to act like in Death Valley,” Cooke added, referring to Tiger Stadium’s nickname.

In a statement to NBC33, LSU said:

“We don’t want to imply we are making any religious or political statements, so we air-brushed it out. Only one of the students, who didn’t appreciate it (airbrushing the photo) actually contacted us about it. So next time, we’ll just chose a different photo.”

Yep, sometimes the effort to be politically correct can go too far — if the university had an issue with the crosses, they should have just skipped the photo. Seems like a pretty easy call to me. Why go to all the trouble of Photoshopping a photo when you could have just used something else … like the photo above? Think, McFly!

  1. southernpatriots - Oct 22, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    As an LSU alum from a family of LSU alums, the best lines you wrote Rick were: “Yep, sometimes the effort to be politically correct can go too far — if the university had an issue with the crosses, they should have just skipped the photo. Seems like a pretty easy call to me. Why go to all the trouble of Photoshopping a photo when you could have just used something else … like the photo above?”

    Nuff said.

    • paperlions - Oct 23, 2012 at 8:44 AM

      I agree with the sentiment (they should have chosen a different photo)….but it is rather silly to imply that shopping out the crosses represented any amount of effort or “trouble”. It would take just a few seconds by anyone with a modicum of skill in the program…..far less time than finding choosing another photo.

      • umrguy42 - Oct 25, 2012 at 11:53 AM

        PL, I think you’re seeing where the rest of the “trouble” of Photoshopping comes from – the inevitable part where those in the photo notice, and make noise about it…

  2. manchestermiracle - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Politics and religion in sports should be forbidden. Stop trying to use an escape from the drudgery of life to push your agenda. Just more feigned outrage.