Graphic Artist Posts Controversial Photos Using Oklahoma Tragedies

Monday, December 5th 2011, 5:44 pm
By: News 9

A graphic artist has created an online stir. Before the BCS bowl games were announced, Lisa Lispino posted what some are calling distasteful pictures online.

One picture is of Oklahoma State's mascot Pistol Pete in front of the Murrah building. Another shows a smiling Alabama head coach standing near a wind farm and plane wreckage. She also created a picture of the BCS Championship trophy next to the burning World Trade towers. On her web page, Lispino said she is an artist and has a right to create art. 

Alabama Fan's Controversial Picture Album

The pictures have Oklahoma State fans outraged. From sports threads to Twitter, posters called Lispino a "horrible person," "insane" and told her to "rot in hell."

A local sports psychologist said it was clear one of the messages the so-called artist had was destruction. Dr. Michael Stephen said because there are so many emotions tied to sports, it can bring out the best and worst in fans.

"So the better the team does, the better they feel about themselves," said Dr. Stephen. "Although that is only temporary and so in part it's about putting someone else down to artificially feel better about yourself."

Lispino's web page and Twitter account have been removed.