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.

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