Ohio State Reverses Course, Will Allow Brutus Buckeye To March In Columbus LGBT Parade
June 16 / Rick Chandler / SportsGrid
After at first banning its oval-headed mascot from participating in the Columbus Pride Parade and Festival, Ohio State has reversed itself and will allow Brutus Buckeye to attend the second-largest LGBT event in the nation, the university just announced.
The OSU spirit committee on Wednesday had originally nixed the attendance by Brutus, citing safety concerns following the mass shooting at at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday. But after "additional consultation", which probably means a shitstorm of campus and social media criticism for caving to terrorists, OSU reversed its decision and will let Brutus attend.
Rufus Wildcat, the mascot for neighboring Ohio University, will also be at the event (see below).
It will mark the first time that a mascot from a major Div. I college will attend a large LGBT event.
The university released a statement saying Brutus Buckeye will join other representatives from the university after the spirit program said they reconsidered his removal from the event.
"After additional consultation and reviews, the spirit program has decided to reinstate Brutus Buckeye in the Columbus Pride Festival and Parade on Saturday. Brutus will join a campus-wide group of faculty, staff and senior officials led by President Michael Drake and Athletics Director Gene Smith. Ohio State looks forward to participating throughout the weekend."
In a post on its Facebook page Wednesday, parade organizers said the Buckeye coaching staff provided a two-sentence explanation for the change in plans.