UPDATE: Gorilla at Bike Week sparks strong reaction

Sandusky police chief, the Bike Week organizer, the NAACP and others speak out about man who attended festivities Thursday dressed in gorilla costume with offensive sign and appendage
Courtney Astolfi
Jun 6, 2014

UPDATE 5:30 p.m. — Sandusky attorney Geoffrey Oglesby called the protest distasteful and ignorant, but protected free speech.

"I don't see it as racist necessarily; he just doesn't like the president," Oglesby said. "It's free speech against a lame-duck president. It's wasted free speech speech. It's kind of pitiful."

UPDATE 5 p.m. — The president of the Sandusky NAACP said he's received more calls and inquiries about the protester than any other recent issue, and he was disappointed in the man's protest.

"In 2014, this is happening now? You would think this would be gone. It goes beyond making fun of Obama. He's making fun of his race suggesting suggesting the president is the son of an animal," Jim Jackson said. 

"What that individual is doing is dangerous."

UPDATE from 3:40 p.m. — Sandusky police Chief John Orzech said there is a plan of action should the man return in the costume.

Sandusky officials conferred this afternoon to determine what, if any action could be taken, Sandusky police Chief John Orzech said just now in an interview with the Register. 

"We've had multiple complaints this afternoon. We've been discussing it with the law department and researching it all afternoon and we have a plan in place if the individual shows. I can't share our operational plan, but the issue will be addressed it if it happens again," Orzech said. 

Orzech said officials have to tread lightly in this situation, as they cannot infringe on the individual's constitutional right to free speech. However, that is not to say it will not be taken care of swiftly if the man returns to the festivities on Friday or Saturday.

"If he was just in a gorilla suit and doing it, we would be limited in what we could do, but if he's there with an enhancement, so to speak, there's some other issues we can address," Orzech said. 

"We dont want any violence or any of our local youth to react to someone like that. We're trying to get that (taken care of) so there isn't any violence," Orzech said. 

Orzech spoke with Sandusky NAACP President Jim Jackson and Sandusky law director Don Icsman today regarding the issue. 

Ohio Bike Week organizer Steve Ernst stressed this person was not hired or affiliated with Ohio Bike Week and his team in anyway.

He can certainly understand why people would be upset about the person and the message, however.

"But you can't stop people from being idiots," Ernst said.

"We want to handle this responsibly but it is a free speech issue," Ernst said.

If the matter were to become a safety issue event organizers may consider a designated free speech zone as is done at other events, he said.

Original Post: The man, who has not been identified, was wearing a gorilla suit, a gold necklace and a baseball cap. 

The costume also had an exposed dildo protruding from the genital area.

He also was carrying a sign that stated: "Obama's real daddy."

The Register is pursuing more information about the man, his demonstration and whether he will be allowed to return today.

Check back here for updates as they become available. 

Comments

DGMutley

" The man, who has not been identified, was wearing a gorilla suit, a gold necklace and a baseball cap.
The costume also had an exposed dildo protruding from the genital area.

He also was carrying a sign that stated: "Obama's real daddy.""--Register

Ha Ha Ha Ya gotta love it. heh heh

He needs one of them Flavor Flav clocks hanging on his neck too! lol

I think it is more humorous and comical than racial. What an act! heh heh

The Big Dog's back

And you thinking it was more comical than racist is the real problem. No wonder all you right wingnuts don't think you are racist.

DGMutley

If the guy didn't have the stupid gold chain and the dildo I'd agree with you.

Contango

What a moron!

The dude should try that stunt on the west side of Chicago.

YoMamma

Contango - he would get a cap busted in him by one of the many illegal gun owners!

deertracker

I think you are wrong. Blacks don't care about this stuff as much as some of you think. It's not accepted but is expected.

worddrow811

Unless there is a NAAWP, national association for the advancement of white people, NAALP, national association for the advancement of latino people and so on, the NAACP is racist in and of itself because they exist! the person in the gorilla suit is a coward and Halloween just came early this year. let's move on shall we?

The Big Dog's back

If anyone had doubts about the right wingnuts around here being racist, their responses and trying to justify this as political speech, this leaves no doubt. None.

Contango

Re: "political speech,"

Like it or not, it IS "political speech." Not unlike the left-wing lunacy you excrete on a regular basis.

deertracker

You are correct Dog! None at all.

Darwin's choice

I'll bet it's coasterfan, he'd do anything to get his messiah's name out of the spotlight, with all the current "failure's" splashed on the front pages of every paper in the country! At least there's no scandal tied to this.....yet!

obama/failing

Cowboy

I still think this is Flash! He hates Obama and he has bling just like that around his neck!

WhatTheHeck

Why is it dangerous? Does Jim Jackson not trust a specific person to not commit a violent crime against this person? What if the person in the disquise were a NAACP member?

deertracker

I highly doubt a NAACP member would do this? What color was the dildo?

BEHAPPY

Why make such a BIG deal over NOTHING anymore?! Is there ANYTHING that the NAACP doesn't find offensive anymore? I find alot of their statements (etc)offensive but have no group to run to.............Get over it already~my GOSH!

Julie R.

A big deal over NOTHING? Doesn't get any more racist than the sign that low-life piece of work trash was carrying. And how about the dildo? Maybe you should try walking down the street with a dildo strapped to your body and see what happens.

sugar

Tough sh** for you, take your sensitive self and hide. There ate real atrocities going on daily. Look at the heinous acts committed by obamas buddies the Muslims.

The Big Dog's back

Real atrocities? Yeah, like Repubs voting against veterans.

Darwin's choice

Another blatant lie, buttlicker! That pork laden piece of garbage of a bill was only one tenth for the Veterans!!!!! Demorats loaded it up with their favorite sausage, like you didn't know!

obama/failing
impeach obama!

Truth or Dare

Well I guess if this is Obama's real Daddy, my real Daddy would look very similar, only w/brown hair and eyes.

Mr. Jim Jackson; When folks in a position such as yourself make comments like, "this is 2014 and this stuff is happening", well, I have a magazine, actually a stack of them that I would like to share with you to show you exactly why it's still happening, not to mention would like some time to bend your ear..

I'm a firm supporter of one's "freedom of speech". However with that comes personal responsibility as to how your message is delivered. Will it inspire, or enflame? Curious to know what did this protestor have to say, anything? A dangerous stunt? You bet! Ignorant as well! The whole dildo thing is another story! Did the Ape make it to JD's Saloon for the Adult games to be played? Just curious. Looks daylight out in the pic, and can only visualize the pornographic shots taken on the streets, if that's true. Nice. That's a pic I'm sure someone will share with their daughter/son down the road a piece to show what a wonderful time they had at Ohio Bike Week?

ContraryAnn

"FIRE!" Inciting or enflaming is NOT protected speech.
Now what happens if someone in the crowd pulls his/her concealed weapon and offs the gorilla as a political act of assassination?

deertracker

That has to be a concern for LE! Alcohol can trigger extreme violence!

deertracker

Wow! Mr. Ernst should ask him to leave. This is suppose to be a fun event. If the guy has issues with the President he should voice them in other ways. He is trying to stir up trouble.

I don't care what he wears or his political views but this display is clearly racist and EXTREMELY moronic. He could be putting himself in danger. The most offensive part is how he is speaking ill of the dead and people he does not even know. Not just Obama's father but also his mother. My grandkids asked me how it was racist. Just goes to show that racism is a learned behavior and some Blacks really don't care. Ignore the clown/gorilla!

Evolution anyone?

sugar

Obama doesn't know who his father is, there's quite a group to choose from, and his mother? That's a piece of work. Don't like it?TOO BAD, your side did it too Bush, even wrote a book about his assassination. The next time you vote for a person solely based on their race make sure it's someone who deserves respect.

deertracker

Reading your comments have been a waste of my time!

Go Away!

lmalley77

+10

SanduskyGuardian

Lot of folks are uncomfortable with free expression. These are the feeble minded idiots that think "Free Speech Zones" are a good idea a few miles away from where the President is speaking or where the political convention is located. Do you think that when a society goes from free to unfree that the first targets to lose their liberty are upstanding decent people? No, the despots and tyrants pick some offensive pig like Larry Flynt to disenfranchise. Likewise you idiots in Sandusky all feel the man in a monkey suit has no rights because he is clearly racist and has a very impressive polyurethane phallus. Just look how the NCAAP wants to bully the citizens in Sandusky of discarding our rights of expression (instead of doing something useful like controlling their constituents before they reach the critical mass of DJs 2.0). Look up what Putin is doing now, making more laws banning profanity in movies, art, the stage, music, watch how these laws will be applied against political opponents. As absurd as the ape man is, he is a hero and standing up for your liberty if you like it or not.

I

It' already happening in this country: http://p.washingtontimes.com/new...

deertracker

How is he a hero? How is he standing up for my liberty? Have you been drinking?

topcop1991

Oh just give him a bag and say Happy Halloween! Seriously, stupid does not indict an entire community.

ContraryAnn

It's all really about the DICK. The DILDO, not the guy wearing it.

The SR gave the apehole his/her (how do we know it's a guy?) 15 minutes of fame in yet another responsible act of misreporting.

And Law Enforcement got so wrapped up in the gorilla suit and the sign they decided not to take action on the DILDO exposed in a public event with children present - certainly disseminating much more pornography to many more children than ANYTHING allegedly perpetrated by Ricky Vitte.

And yes, exposing a DILDO in public IS pornographic.

Hoping this makes regional and national outlets - including pix of women 'utilizing' the DILDO! Oh, it already has. Just saw it on TV.

And then the SR PUBLISHED it in print and on the internet. Sometimes they do unexpected favors for us.

Thanks Matt. Okay, now you can ban me again

OakieHarbor

Get over it and if you are so jealous go and buy yourself a new toy and enjoy it till you can not any longer! You seem to be fixated by it my money is on a frustrated person who must be lacking in that department and is showing their frustration for all to see.

JERRY from SANDUSKY

racist racism don't matter anymore it's been used so much it's like using the word the

the the the the the the the the the the the the the the the the the

See what I mean Boring Boring Boring Boring Boring Boring

get the message gets the message get the message get the message to the message get the message

LOL

Donegan

The Big Dog's back
Fri, 06/06/2014 - 7:41pm

hz, things like this, which are common, make it hard for anyone to take the Repubs seriously.
The Big Dog's back
Fri, 06/06/2014 - 7:51pm

Not to worry. 3 months from now the right wingnuts will deny it ever happened, just like they did after the 2008 election.
The Big Dog's back
Sat, 06/07/2014 - 8:33am

And you thinking it was more comical than racist is the real problem. No wonder all you right wingnuts don't think you are racist.
The Big Dog's back
Sat, 06/07/2014 - 8:30am

If anyone had doubts about the right wingnuts around here being racist, their responses and trying to justify this as political speech, this leaves no doubt. None
I think a real gorilla could come up with more original material than Dog. "Blah blah blah Right wingnuts blah blah" , "Blah blah Right wingnuts blahblah blah BLAH blah"
Someone kick him i believe the record is skipping.

huronguy2

I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give
thanks for the many great contributions of the Black community to our
society. Their peaceful and generous nature make them ideal neighbors, lending
testimony to their exceptional family values and parenting skills
unrivaled by any other culture. Their commitment to academic excellence
enriches our schools and serves as an example to all
who hope to achieve prominence as a people. Real estate values are
fueled by the influx of Blacks into an area due to their caring and
respectful nurturing of these communities, an example of all they have
achieved through their enthusiasm for self improvement by hard work
and a self-reliant can-do attitude. Without their industrious and creative
drive, we would be a poorer nation. AND, Without that "Never say Never" innate drive & attitude the shows "Cops" & "Bait Car" would've NEVER been so successful.

feedthetrolls

this is why we need "like" buttons

deertracker

.....and "dislike" buttons!

lmalley77

I've never seen more ignorance in one area in my life!! Are you really serious right now Huronguy? So what you are basically saying is that every black person is a low down dirty piece of crap criminal who does not contribute to society in any way, shape or form except for your watching pleasure on television correct? Let me ask you a question. Do you watch sports? Do you watch football, basketball, baseball? Do you go to the hospital, or even a Doctor's office? Have you ever seen a movie? Have you ever needed a lawyer for anything? Probably not because you are perfect since I'm assuming you live in Huron, right? Have you ever passed a police officer that wasn't white? Have you visited the new dental clinic at the Erie County Health Department? Doubt that one too. Have you ever flown on a plane? Have you ever met a black school teacher? Or how about a therapist, have you ever had to go to a therapist? Because if you haven't, I could refer you to a few of them around Sandusky since you aren't from here! My point to asking you this, is because if you take off your damn rose colored glasses, maybe you would be able to see the MULTITUDE of AFRICAN AMERICANS that are SPORTS STARS, DOCTORS, LAWYERS, NURSES, FLIGHT ATTENDANTS, PILOTS, DENTISTS, ACTORS, ACTRESSES, POLICE OFFICERS, TEACHERS, THERAPISTS, and my list could go on and on! For you to sit here behind your computer screen and blatantly put every African American into your little racist, ridiculous comment and say that they are nothing more than criminals that are on your television on crime reality TV, shows how ignorant not only YOU are, but how ignorant this nation as a whole still remains! There are plenty of successful BLACK AMERICANS in this country and it's people like YOU that won't let the racism die!!! You and your ignorant A** comments and the people that are just like you!!

sugar

Another histrionic, dramatic crazy post from a liberal. LMAO! Chill out you freaking nut.

Blowfish

Another Jim Crow advocate. Good luck with your cause.

Bess

So much hate. So much... it is so very sad. So much envy. The country I love is on the wrong path, so very wrong. Envy and hatred will solve nothing.

Rosa

What is wrong with some people and why bring it to bike week??!! Must have a brain the size of peanut!

JohnDorian12

I think Obama is the worst president in the history of this country, but not because he's black, he never makes good decisions and lies outright to us, but this was no question a racial statement by this idiot....he's lucky he made it out if downtown in one piece

I

For every comment made about this guy being lucky to make it out of downtown in one piece, are we to infer that Obama supporters can be violent?

Blowfish

Anyone who feels threatened can become violent.

I

Who would feel threatened by a guy in a monkey suit, wearing a dildo, and carrying a sign? Maybe, Matt Westerhold.

Steve P

The Register's team of awarding winning reporters are investigating a link to either Ottawa or Sandusky elected officials and the mysterious ape. When they succeed, and they will, expect a grand jury, that they will cover on a daily basis including the number of bathroom breaks by all involved, then ridicule the findings with a smug attitude for nothing more than "monkey business."

danbury dad

I really do not think that Sandusky is branded now as racist just because of one individual doing something. Or should we brand Sandusky stupid because of some of these stupid comments?

deertracker

Both!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!

Donegan

You should be happy, Deer. You made it seem everyone in the area is retarded.

KURTje

Wrong has always been wrong. Ethics, morals, standards? Most don't know those "obsolete" words.

lmalley77

Thank you Kurtje! Someone gets it!

huronguy2

I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give
thanks for the many great contributions of the Black community to our
society. Their peaceful and generous nature make them ideal neighbors, lending
testimony to their exceptional family values and parenting skills
unrivaled by any other culture. Their commitment to academic excellence
enriches our schools and serves as an example to all
who hope to achieve prominence as a people. Real estate values are
fueled by the influx of Blacks into an area due to their caring and
respectful nurturing of these communities, an example of all they have
achieved through their enthusiasm for self improvement by hard work
and a self-reliant can-do attitude. Without their industrious and creative
drive, we would be a poorer nation. AND, Without that "Never say Never" innate drive & attitude the shows "Cops" & "Bait Car" would've NEVER been so successful.

Julie R.

Easy to see by all these comments that are actually applauding this low-life moron with his "appendage" and his vulgar sign about the President of the United States why Sandusky has turned into such a trash city. Have to feel sorry for the kids nowadays. They sure don't have too many decent role models to follow.

Steve P

I am sure that the ape was in on disinheriting you.

Julie R.

Is it my imagination or are you stalking me?

Steve P

No, you could only wish, more like comic relief.

Julie R.

Yeah, right.

Truth or Dare

So let me get this straight, if you found this stunt, call it what you will, distasteful, disrespectful, degrading and inflammatory, it can be chalked up as jealousy? Jealous of what, exactly? So nice to know the stunt made national T.V.. I guess negative attention is better then no attention at all.

huronguy2

lmalley if it wasn't for affirmative action half the blacks your talking about wouldn't be in the positions they are, they're are some great black folks but many are not due to the fact they won't call out the bad blacks for fear of being a "uncle tom" and they themselves are always using racism as a excuse. your sympathy is so naive!

lmalley77

No, your ignorance is just that, IGNORANCE!!!! Those "great black folks" are in the positions that they are in because they applied themselves and got an education and actually did something with themselves! Nothing was handed to them. There are plenty of worthless WHITE people in this country as well, so for you talk as though ALL black people are a disgrace, and only got to where they are because of "affirmative action," speaks volumes as to your ignorance!!

huronguy2

don't put in caps ALL when i said HALF your making things up and changing my words, lmalley! yes, i stand by my comment that a lot of them are where they are because of affirmative action. Every black person 18 and older has made a racist comment towards a white person but God forbid any race especially white folks say anything about them. the difference is white folks don't need black folks but they need us and have to play the game! they judge us as a whole for less than 5% of the population that owned slaves when it was legal but again God forbid if we do the same when at least HALF act like wiggles. when we become the minority you think they'll fight for our "rights" ? a big fat NO because they will judge whitey based upon the few % that owned slaves. Blacks talk about whites badly behind their backs but smile to our face because they need us and can't advance on their own. look at Africa any advancements their is due to the Europeans across the world, not them on there own. you advance through hard work and determination not crying and whining looking for a handout. I have way more respect for the blacks in past decades than the generation now. At least the blacks back in the day had something to cry about! but it seems something went way wrong starting in the late 60's and on I personally believe the moral decline in all American is due to music and television. it's mostly all filth.

FTFOI

It is not racial. It is what is taught in school last month. Evolution.

lmalley77

First and foremost, I never see white people becoming the minority unless it would be due to bi-racial people becoming the majority. The white people who are racist need to get over the fact that it is becoming more and more popular for children to be born to parents of different races. The problem with little ol' Sandusky is that people act like we are the worst city in the world. I would hate for some of you guys to go and live in the heart of the Bronx or Detroit or Chicago or how about even on the other side of the world where food and water and clothing are not a daily guarantee! You people get on here and whine and moan and complain and argue politics with each other daily and complain about how Sandusky is oh so bad, but you don't realize how good you really have it!!! The guy in the suit with a foot long DILDO strapped to it was just plain out MORALLY wrong and was being racist towards our president no matter how you slice it!!! All politics aside, right wing, left wing, breast or thigh, dark meat or white meat, BBQ sauce or plain, HE WAS WRONG!!!! PERIOD! And so were you Huronguy when you made your racist statement about Cops and bait car!! PERIOD!!

sugar

Absolutely true. Here in the WH we have a (half) black man who deliberately lies, misleads the people. He has no respect for America it's traditions, it's vets, it's values. Yet we are supposed to look up to this race? Pffttt they have caused their own problems. I've been called filthy racist names by blacks, they want to be treated better, act better.

ContraryAnn

I'm so grateful to the SR for allowing bigoted ethnic slurists to spew your hatred for all to see and appreciate.

It's not unlike the hatred spewed by the Clive Bundy followers who killed two police officers and covered their bodies with a Tea Party and Swastika flags.

So proud to know Sandusky produced you.

ContraryAnn

Another of the CLIVE BUNDY militia...

Free Speech ISN'T. Ask those two dead police whose bodies were desecrated by Bundy followers.

SanduskyGuardian

Huron guy2. Maybe you should reinforce your point by comparing how many blacks are in prison for felonies compared to how many are in college. Over half of the females that do bother to hold jobs work for the "gubbermint" and the rest that are hired to be tokens at real companies I am sure are the hardest working people you will ever meet because they know they have to work twice as hard to get half as much. I would like someone to say with a straight face that they would be happy to have colored move into their area. They know the ruin everything.

ContraryAnn

Sandusky Guardian... it would seem Matt Westerhold is as racist as you.

sanduskyace

i think people need to get over whoever is president and start to make their own luck. I mean were things really that much better under bush? the country is in the position it is because of DECADES of poor decision making, greed, and lack of investment. work hard and good things will come your way. liberals and republicans are meaningless phrases ...just social constructs set up to divide people. I cant for the life of me figure out why people fight about politics. and if this guy wants to dress up like a gorilla let him. people like this are grasping at straws and just embarrasing themselves. just my two cents

Blowfish

The under 30 crowd has an entirely different view on race than their parents. They know who really screwed up America. What remains to be seen is can they fix it in time or is the country already a lost cause?

Dr. Information

In the politically correct nation we live in, a TURBIN a white ROBE a long beard bearing an ak 47 would have been more spot on.

ContraryAnn

Jesus carries an AK47?

Clive Bundy just gave us a great lesson on the 'price' of free speech - two police dead and their bodies desecrated - killed by two people who took to heart his sedition.

Steelerfan7272
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joshua206

I laughed, and laughed when I saw the picture, hell I am still laughing. I know the colored people are going to be upset, but I bet even they laughed a little.

ContraryAnn

"the COLORED people"?

Nicole

Offensive is subjective. Who cares what anyone thinks anyway. Don't take your kids to bike week. Nothing to see here, except rubber body parts, move along.

Nicole

I must admit I thought the hat was a nice touch.

White Bigot

I think that the gorilla is better looking than his son, the President.

ContraryAnn

FREEDOM OF SPEECH has repercussions.
Thank you, CLIVE BUNDY for proving this for America.
The man and woman who killed two police officers we followers of BUNDY and had been at his demonstrations over grazing rights.
BUNDY made all his free speech about overthrowing the government and how someone needs to answer. And the militias showed up with their huge guns strapped on.
THE TWO took all that 'free speech' to heart and acted upon it...covering the bodies of the dead police with a Tea Party flag and a Swastika flag.

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