Earlier this week, we had a story about the crowd at the Mizzou-Tennessee game on Saturday, that booed as new members of the Missouri National Guard were sworn in at a halftime ceremony. The boos were heard during the oath at a line that says “I will obey the orders of the President of the United States.”
I was at the game in the press box preparing for a halftime video. I heard the oath, heard the boos…they were substantial…I can’t put a number or percentage of how many fans, but there were a lot.
I’ve read comments on Facebook posts and press releases. Some feel the booing was disrespectful of the military and the President. Some are disappointed the University didn’t do anything. I’ve even seen people comment that they will no longer go to “The Zou,” over the booing.
My opinion…they were fans are at a football game, this wasn’t pre-planned. It was spontaneous response. Whether you and I agree or disagree with the response, is not the point…the booing ended in less than five seconds. It didn’t take away from the ceremony, the crowd didn’t become unruly, yet many felt the desire to express their opinion by booing. In fact there was a big applause and show of gratitude for the newly sworn in military members. Let’s move on and respect each other’s right that we can make our voices heard and we are allowed to share opinions. Let’s not blow this out of proportion.
What do you think? Feel free to voice your opinion in the comments section below.