OXFORD, Miss. (WREG) – The University of Mississippi is investigating allegations a group of students began disrupting a play and using homophobic and other slurs Tuesday night.
A group of students, including some football players, reportedly interrupted the production of The Laramie Project which deals with the murder of Matthew Shepard who was killed due to his sexuality.
The Daily Mississippian reports “some audience members used derogatory slurs like “***” and heckled both cast members and the characters they were portraying for their body types and sexual orientations.”
Theater faculty member Rory Ledbetter told the Daily Mississippian the audience’s reactions included “borderline hate speech.”
This morning football coach Hugh Freeze addressed the incident via Twitter.
We certainly do not condone any actions that offend or hurt people in any way.We are working with all departments involved to find the facts
— Hugh Freeze (@CoachHughFreeze) October 3, 2013
The Daily Mississippian reports the players were enrolled in a freshman level theater course that requires them to attend a specific number of plays.
The players in attendance have not been identified.
The incident is getting a lot of attention via social media.
I have performed in The Laramie Project before, and have been heckled while doing so. This hurts my heart, Ole Miss. http://t.co/o7YHth3tcS
— Steph Haberman (@StephLauren) October 3, 2013