The KSU band’s apology claims that audiences were supposed to see Star Trek’s Enterprise crash into the Jayhawk mascot as part of a space-based theme. While some say the resulting giant penis should have George Takei mouthing his famous line, others are asking what the big deal is all about.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, after some began pointing out how the starship Enterprise resembled a giant phallic symbol, Frank Tracz, director of the Kansas State marching band, issued the KSU band’s apology and explanation.
“There was absolutely no intent to display anything other than the Enterprise and the Jayhawk in battle,” wrote Tracz. “If I am guilty of anything it would the inability to teach the drill in a manner that these young people could have succeeded. I do apologize for the misinterpretation and I assure you that I mean absolutely no disrespect or malice toward the University of Kansas.”
But some on Twitter continued to mock the KSU halftime show.
KSU band spent all summer working on that and thinking it was ok….
— Bob Fescoe (@bobfescoe) September 6, 2015
I hear the KSU band’s post-game formation of a Jayhawk smoking a cigarette is even better.
— Mick Shaffer (@mickshaffer) September 6, 2015
In response to the continuing controversy, the official Kansas State University marching band’s Twitter account also issued the KSU band’s apology.
We apologize for anyone offended by our halftime performance depicting the starship enterprise and the Jayhawk mascot.
— KState Marching Band (@KStatePride) September 6, 2015
Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz also apologized on Twitter for the incident.
I am sorry if anyone was offended by the performance at half-time. https://t.co/5589bLIJRs — Kirk H. Schulz (@kstate_pres) September 6, 2015
Apparently, some feel as if they should be offended due to the bad blood between KSU and the University of Kansas.
also brings up classic KS “rivalry” argument- KSU hates KU about a 1,000,000x more than KU hates KSU- season opener, yet KSU focuses on KU
— beatrice (@BUHTREECE) September 6, 2015
Others seem to think that the KSU band’s apology is completely unnecessary. Comments on social media indicate that some people cannot see the giant phallic symbol even after they are told it is supposedly there.
“That doesn’t even look like a penis My goodness some people look for naughty in everything. If you were offended by that you need to grow up,” wrote Cheryl Bray.
Do you think the KSU marching band even needed to apologize for this incident?
[Image via Twitter]