Football fan T-shirt design resembles Trump campaign sign, some students say


Some Brookfield East High School students are pushing back against the design of a T-shirt for fans of their football team.Their objection? It looks too much like a Trump campaign sign.The T-shirt design created some buzz around Brookfield East and on social media. Some students were expressing concern, but by Wednesday morning a solution had been worked out.The highly successful Brookfield East Spartan football has a strong fan base, and some of the students, who call themselves “superfans,” were planning to sell T-shirts, but the proposed design raised concerns for some students.”Someone showed me a picture, and then I noticed it pretty quickly,” a student said.”And what did you think?” WISN 12 News reporter Kent Wainscott asked the student. “I am not a big fan of it,” she said. Some students objected to the design, saying it too closely resembled a Trump/Pence campaign sign and didn’t reflect the views of all students.But the resemblance wasn’t immediately clear to everyone.Trump supporter Sandy Martin lives across the street from the school. Her friend, and neighbor, Cheri Sylla is a Biden backer.They didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary until they saw the images side by side, then they had differing views.”I know they probably could come up with a much better shirt than that,” Sylla said “I thought the sign was A-OK. Does it remind me of a political sign? Most anything nowadays does remind you of something political if you look at it long enough” Martin said. But they won’t get that chance. District officials told WISN 12 News they spoke with the student designers about the purpose of fan shirts: to show unity. They agreed this one may not meet that goal, and a new design will be considered.School officials didn’t say how much opposition there was to the shirt design. One of the students who led the pushback commended the administration for the way they handled the matter.

Some Brookfield East High School students are pushing back against the design of a T-shirt for fans of their football team.

Their objection? It looks too much like a Trump campaign sign.

The T-shirt design created some buzz around Brookfield East and on social media. Some students were expressing concern, but by Wednesday morning a solution had been worked out.

The highly successful Brookfield East Spartan football has a strong fan base, and some of the students, who call themselves “superfans,” were planning to sell T-shirts, but the proposed design raised concerns for some students.

“Someone showed me a picture, and then I noticed it pretty quickly,” a student said.

“And what did you think?” WISN 12 News reporter Kent Wainscott asked the student.

“I am not a big fan of it,” she said.

Some students objected to the design, saying it too closely resembled a Trump/Pence campaign sign and didn’t reflect the views of all students.

But the resemblance wasn’t immediately clear to everyone.

Trump supporter Sandy Martin lives across the street from the school. Her friend, and neighbor, Cheri Sylla is a Biden backer.

They didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary until they saw the images side by side, then they had differing views.

“I know they probably could come up with a much better shirt than that,” Sylla said

“I thought the sign was A-OK. Does it remind me of a political sign? Most anything nowadays does remind you of something political if you look at it long enough” Martin said.

But they won’t get that chance. District officials told WISN 12 News they spoke with the student designers about the purpose of fan shirts: to show unity.

They agreed this one may not meet that goal, and a new design will be considered.

School officials didn’t say how much opposition there was to the shirt design. One of the students who led the pushback commended the administration for the way they handled the matter.



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