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

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!

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