The students wore body paint as a cover-up for the Utah football match

University of Utah police are investigating reports that two students wore body paint during the Utah football game with the University of Southern Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday.

Photographs of the women showed that the body paint appeared to be applied to depict tank tops decorated with the letter “U” red.

The students will also be referred to the Dean of Students for “potential non-criminal penalties,” University of Utah spokesman Christopher Nelson said.

According to a statement from the university, “After two women attended the game topless and applied body paint to their torso, a female officer asked them to wear their shirts. They complied with the request.”

One fan, YouTube influencer, Melia Johnson, posted on Instagram that security personnel allowed “2 TOPLESS GIRLS” to enter the stadium gate. “The security guards stared and let them pass… Nobody did anything. Is this literally what our world is coming to be?”

Johnson told Deseret News that she and her husband saw the two girls approaching the same entrance to the stadium.

Our first reaction is to create such a wall or shield in front of our children so that they cannot see it. We don’t know if they’ll turn around. We don’t know what’s going on. As we watch this situation, I keep thinking, ‘Okay, they have to stop them, right? Like they’re not going to scan their tickets. And then they scan tickets. They start letting them in. There’s a police officer standing there and I think there’s no way he’s going to let them in.’ “They walked right next to him,” Johnson said.

Johnson, who has been getting season tickets for soccer 20 years ago, said she and her husband were excited to take their children, ages 10 to 13, to their first game.

But the experience worsened after they saw the two young women, she said.

“No. 1, it’s against the law. It’s an obscenity case against minors against the Utah Criminal Code. Also, it’s not right for a Utah game. That’s my biggest concern,” she said.

Johnson said the paint on the backs of the young women was applied in a “very random” way.

“When they turned to the side, I could see the nipple so I don’t know if those pasties they claim were transparent or not going properly or not. All I know is that my problem is with this and why I created such a stink because it has to do with babies And it happened in front of my children and other people’s children. “It’s against the law, nothing has been done,” she said.

The university is asking fans to voluntarily sign it FanUp’s pledge which calls for “promoting a family-friendly experience”.

It also states that “The safety of student-athletes and spectators is our top priority. Spectators are reminded that anyone who engages in unsafe or inappropriate behavior is subject to immediate expulsion from the building. Fanop and make us proud!”

The pledge also states that “Profanity, racist or sexual comments and any other acts of intimidation directed against officials, student-athletes, coaches, visiting fans or team representatives will not be tolerated and are grounds for removal from the competition site.”

In a letter to Utah football fans, University of Utah President Taylor Randall and athletics director Mark Harlan wrote, “Anyone who engages in unsafe or inappropriate behavior will be removed from the building, may lose all privileges and access to future university events and may be informed to law enforcement.”

The message encourages fans to help “identify and recall inappropriate behavior so that our event staff can ensure a safe and great experience for student-athletes, coaches, staff and spectators.”

“If you see something, say something!”

A statement issued by Johnson said in part:

“As a Christian mother, I felt I needed to create awareness of this issue, so a permanent change in university policy is being made immediately.

“Mothers need safe places for their children to attend without fear of seeing something lewd or involving nudity of any kind… Pictures are usually only appropriate for those over the age of 18.

“We love going to Utah football games! But it shouldn’t happen. It shouldn’t be allowed to happen again.

“I am happy to hear that there is currently an active investigation going on to make sure this is not allowed again and that the University of Utah is taking this matter seriously.”

The state of Utah is silent on whether body paint is considered body covering, but several sections define nudity or partial nudity as “any state of clothing or dressing in which the human genitalia, pubic area, buttocks, or female breast, is in point The ones just below the top of the areola, are less than fully covered and opaque.”

Utah law cuts from Exception for breastfeeding “Wherever a woman may be lawfully, it does not under any circumstances constitute an obscene act, regardless of whether or not the breast is covered while nursing,” according to state law.

In 2019, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a city ordinance in Fort Collins, Colorado, bans women from wearing topless and violates their rights to equal protection because men are allowed to show their breasts in public. The court issued an injunction halting enforcement of the Fort Collins Ordinance. The city council later rescinded the ordinance.

The Tenth Circuit has jurisdiction over federal cases from Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Kansas and Oklahoma, but Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter advised that the ruling did not automatically invalidate local and state laws.

“The initial decision of the Tenth Circuit in the Fort Collins case–a case that has now ended without a full judgment–does not change Oklahoma’s local and state laws on the matter,” Hunter said in a statement.

“The majority of courts across the country that have looked into this case have upheld traditional public decency laws and public nudity. These courts have recognized that states and political subdivisions have a legitimate interest in prohibiting public nudity as it is traditionally defined.”

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