An illuminated road sign in Provo, Utah
near Brigham Young University was programmed to read “God Hates
Gays. Follow Detour.”
Annie Frewin posted a short clip of the
sign on YouTube.
“Saw this on my way home from work
tonight, on University Ave, Provo,” she wrote. “I had to double
take it and flip around to record it, sorry my camera sucks. I
thought this was messed up.”
A spokeswoman for the Interstate 15
highway, which was responsible for the sign, said that the message
was the work of hackers. She explained that the message board's
computer was left unsecured.
“This is an unfortunate example of
someone with a problem who doesn't represent the minds and hearts of
the residents of Provo,” said Provo Mayor John Curtis in a
statement released to Raw
Frewin said she recorded the sign at
1AM and officials said it was removed at 5:30AM, Wednesday.
In a Facebook post, she suggested that
highway police were complicit in the crime.
“All I'm saying is [9 out of 10
times] there is a cop on that street, because I've never ever gone
down that road especially at 1AM without seeing at least 3 cops at
one end of that road between the overpass and the freeway entrances.
Just because you feel the need to be argumentative doesn't mean that
it's accurate, if it was about anything else, it would already been
taken down,” she
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