Oakland A's Pitcher Blasts Homophobic Kiss Cam
BY Neal Broverman
April 26 2012 2:00 PM ET
Oakland A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy blasted the practice of often focusing baseball stadiums' "kiss cams" on two men to spark laughter as silly and homophobic.
When the kiss cam shows two men they often make faces of disgust, while the crowd erupts in laughter. The 28-year-old player recently tweeted, "They put two guys on the 'Kiss Cam' tonight. What hilarity!! (by hilarity I mean offensive homophobia). Enough with this stupid trend."
McCarthy elaborated on his feelings to the San Francisco Chronicle.
"There's that stupid, little comedic value of it if you don't really think about what it implies," he said Tuesday. "It kind of got old on that level. Then I actually started thinking about why we were supposed to be laughing, and it bugged me."
It's hypocritical for Major League Baseball teams to film It Gets Better videos and continue with antigay baiting via the kiss cam, McCarthy says.
"If there are gay people who are coming to a game and seeing something like that, you can't assume they're comfortable with it," he said. "If you're even making a small group of people ... feel like outcasts, then you're going against what makes your model successful." Read more here.
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