Painted Posse gives final word on airbrushed photo
While the Painted Posse still maintains that their crosses should not have been removed, they said they respect the University and other students’ differing opinion.
“The University has reached out to our group and apologized for this incident,” the statement reads. “The following statement should be considered the last such communication from any Posse member regarding the ‘cross airbrushing’ incident.”
The entire text of the statement can be obtained atlsureveille.com.
The original picture was taken at Saturday’s game between LSU and South Carolina. In it, you can see the group ” Painted Posse” has crosses painted over their hearts.
“The Painted Posse, they are a religious organization so this has been a long game day tradition for them. They always dress in body paint, and they always wear the crosses,” said LSU paper, The Reveille’s, managing editor Emily Harrington.
In the edited picture, the crosses on all four men are gone.
“We do not manipulate any photos. We are a news organization so we don’t want to alter what happened,” said Harrington.
Instead, University Relations sent out the picture in an email to all the students who attended Saturday’s game.
“This was just a promotional email to fans thanking them for coming to the game and soliciting feedback on their experience of the game,” said LSU’s Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations Herb Vincent.
But the picture was edited and the crosses were airbrushed out, which offended some students on campus.