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Yankee Stadium’s Bleacher Creatures agree to put a halt to homophobic chant

Oct 17, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

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Score one for the eradication of discrimination.  At baseball stadiums, at least.

According to Flip Bondy of the New York Daily News, several key members of Yankee Stadium’s Bleacher Creatures have agreed to put a halt to a cheer that for years has involved a homophobic slur.

During the middle innings of games at Yankee Stadium, a large section of folks in the right field stands would yell “Why are you gay?” at opposing fans during the playing of The Village People’s famous “YMCA” anthem.

Apparently that won’t be happening anymore.

“It’s all done,” a long-time Creature told the Daily News. “All of it. We’re going clean. We didn’t like the way the Bleacher Creatures were being looked at. That’s not us.”
It might seem like an innocent chant, and probably is mostly innocent, but it’s not fair that some paying fans are made to feel uncomfortable or left out in any way at a baseball stadium.  Or outside of a baseball stadium.  Or while watching a baseball game.  Plus, the Bleacher Creatures take pride in their creativity and calling a supporter of an opposing team “gay” is about as uncreative as it gets.
  1. trcolavi - Oct 17, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    What the “Bleacher Creatures” were doing was not innocent at all. Just go on to YouTube and you will find many videos of this horrible and vile song being screamed at innocent spectators. This should have happened years ago. I am shocked that the Yankees have let it go on for so long. This whole situation just goes to prove that Yankee fans are the worst fans in baseball.

    • Kevin S. - Oct 17, 2010 at 11:49 AM

      No, it wasn’t innocent at all. When it was just chanting “Why are you gay?” it felt like high school immaturity, but when they added words to the verses, it went so far overboard, I was embarrassed to be sitting in the same section. Glad this has been stopped.

  2. frankvzappa - Oct 17, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    i am basically against the political correctness agenda, which tries to turn every single person into the same single shade of crap-brown, as we all becomes slaves to the fascist global wage slave state…but im more against grown men acting like (as Kevin said) high schoolers…it is like yankees fans (and philly fans too) are all frozen in time at 16 years of age, and the more they feel separated from normal humanity, the more outrageous their actions (bullying, general obnoxiousness) become in order to quell their subconscious hunches that they may, in fact, be douche bags

  3. turf24 - Oct 17, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Why is it that Philadelphia gets trashed for its fan base when this happens in new York, people get stabbed at dodger stadium and fans have run on to the field on multiple occasions and assaulted an umpire and a coach in Chicago?

    • Richard In Big D - Oct 17, 2010 at 3:25 PM

      I don’t ever recall a story about a fan in any of the places you mention of a fan intentionally vomiting on a child. That’s why.

      • turf24 - Oct 17, 2010 at 3:33 PM

        It was a drunk 21 year old who puked behind a kid and the dad then attacked him. Atleast get the real story and by the way I’d rather get puked on then assaulted or stabbed.

  4. Fawk LA - Oct 17, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    thats gay

  5. Old Gator - Oct 17, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    I just watched a couple of Ceratosauruses tearing into each other over breeding rights on the Discover Channel, then I checked in here for this discussion. Same shit, different day, but the big therapsids had a point to make to each other.

  6. Ick McWang - Oct 17, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    I never knew the bleacher creatures chanted crap like that. what a bunch of idiots. Yankees are supposed to be first class and the fans come up with garbage like this? Sad. Especially for such a “modern” city. Say what you will about us Rays fans but we certainly don’t chant anything more offensive than “Yankees Suck”

  7. Jonny 5 - Oct 18, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    Well good. This is a story about a group of idiots that are actually infringing on others rights to have a great night out at the ballgame. It’s shocking to me actually considering NY is the Northeasts Gay capital and all. Don’t grown men feel there is something inherintly wrong with themselves for yelling these things? I would. I do question what the motive is to play that song though… it’s terrible. I don’t wanna hear it myself. I think it should only be played at roller skating rinks.

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