Michigan State was called out Saturday for showing an image of Adolf Hitler on its jumbotron before the Michigan game. In response, MSU said the trivia segment was provided by a third-party source, and now the trivia producer is responding to the controversy.

Fans and media members identified the image as coming from The Quiz Channel’s General Knowledge Trivia Quiz (Part 18). The video was published to YouTube on Oct. 13 and shown Saturday on the jumbotron.

The Quiz Channel’s verified profile is responding to comments about the MSU incident. The Associated Press noted this comment:


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“It’s an absolutely normal trivia question, shown in an inappropriate setting,” Floris van Pallandt, creator and producer of The Quiz Channel, wrote in response to a comment. “Ignoring the dark facets of history is by no means the answer, on the contrary.”

An edited comment by TheQuizChannel calls MSU’s use of the video “unauthorized.” In other comments, the page also notes that there was no compensation for use of the video.

“To be clear, I was unaware Michigan State University is using my content for stadium entertainment and this was unsolicited and unauthorised use. A random history trivia question in an inappropriate setting.”

MSU’s Saturday statement said the school “will not be using the third-party source going forward and will implement stronger screening and approval procedures for all videoboard content in the future.”