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Protesting the lameness — and the homophobia — of the "kiss cam"

Sep 16, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

This Saturday the Cardinals are holding an “OUT at the ballpark” promotion in conjunction with a local LGBT group.  This is not uncommon. Lots of ballparks do this.  What is less common is that some people behind the event are wanting to turn it into a protest of sorts over how ballparks, stadiums and areans use the “Kiss Cam.”

The idea for a kiss cam moment came about after Sunday’s Ram’s
game against the Arizona Cardinals. During the game, the kiss cam
focused on two men in Arizona jerseys who jeered at the camera and
made expressions of distaste toward one another.

Some gays and lesbians who were at the game said it appeared
that by having the kiss cam linger on the men – who seemed to them
to be straight — there was an insinuation that the men were gay.
The kiss cam catch was followed by hoots and derisive cheers from
the audience.

I’ve always hated the kiss cam because it’s kind of lame, but I’ve especially never cared for that last, homophobic moment they almost always seem to create, as described above.

I used to go to a lot of Indians games with a buddy of mine and we made a pact that if they ever tried to use us as the pretext for mocking homosexuals that we’d immediately — and with as much passion as we could muster — kiss each other.  Yeah, that would have made for an uncomfortable drive back to Columbus, but the point would be made.

Actually, I take that back. The point wouldn’t have been made. I think it’s possible to get almost anyone to question their bigotry if you try hard enough, but homophobes seem like a lost cause to me. The lack of even the pretense of reason behind that junk is astounding.

So I wish the protesters at the Cardinals game who want to get on the kiss-cam in order to make a point this weekend good luck, but my guess that, regrettably, they’re not going to change any minds. To the contrary, they’ll probably only make the bigots more comfortable with their bigotry and the kiss cam will continue to be a source of lame gay jokes for years to come.

(h/t to The Big Lead)

  1. Old Gator - Sep 16, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    Oh, I get it – it’ll deal with gay divorce the same way it deals with priestly pedophilia, which is to say, pretend it isn’t there.

  2. Tim's Neighbor - Sep 17, 2010 at 12:22 AM

    Yeah. Atlanta was recently named the gay capital. Surprising, I know. Considering Georgia is a largely intolerant state, I was shocked too. But those of us who live in Atlanta are waaaay more tolerant than the slack-jawed yokels who live outside our city limits. When you really think about it, if you’re gay in the rural southeast, you sure as hell aren’t going to stay in Bumf–k, Alabamy.
    Check it:
    http://www.advocate.com/Print_Issue/Travel/Gayest_Cities_in_America/
    Gator, I’m actually surprised you commented on this without any research (a quick google search would have shown you what I was referencing). Not your style. You’re tend to be very careful and intentional with your words (a compliment in my book).

  3. Marty Winn - Sep 17, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    You know what, if you think God hates shrimp that is fine. I love them. I am not going to be offended if you disagree with me or even if you recoil in horror as I down a plate of scampi. Similarly if I am appalled at 2 people of the same sex kissing how about cutting me a break?
    I think this is similar to what a vegan might go through. Many are appalled at the thought or sight of others eating meat. But we don’t say they are afraid of meat. They think that it is either bad for you or immoral. I can respect that. I think they are wrong but there is no reason for me to condemn their beliefs or make fun of them. They are likely well intentioned. How about cutting religious people the same break? On the flip side if vegans went around throwing paint on people with fur coats then they need punishment like someone who physically harmed a gay person or his property.

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