Ah, the Kiss Cam. That wonderful bit of silliness that finds unsuspecting couples in the stands, puts them on the scoreboard and pressures them to awkwardly kiss. But it isn’t just silly is it? It’s actually kinda homophobic, dontcha’ think?
Well, Oakland A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy thinks so – and tweeted as much after a game in Anaheim.
It seems some folks still think aiming the Kiss Cam at same-sex pairs and prompting them to smooch is funny – but only if they’re not gay, of course. The fun part is to make them feel uncomfortable because a gay kiss is just disgusting and laughable, right? Yes, Kiss Cam operators, that IS how it comes across.
And Brandon McCarthy isn’t having it.
According to this post from CBS Sports.com, the Kiss Cam was nearing its end in September of 2010, after an incident in St. Louis.
The camera showed two men sitting beside each other wearing jerseys of the opposing Arizona Cardinals and the juvenile message was clear — “Get it? Arizona fans are gay ! Har Har!” — and homosexuals in the crowd [rightfully] took offense.
But maybe now the Kiss Cam operators will reconsider and either include lesbian and gay couples or (maybe) stop making fun of them? Because, again as Brandon McCarthy points out – even if you think it’s all in good fun, it’s really just pretty mean.
(Kiss picture from Shutterstock)