One of the relatively new phenomenon in sports stadiums is the use of the Kiss-Cam.
For those unfamiliar, it is where there is time to fill (thanks mostly to television commercials) during a break in live action. In baseball it is usually between innings. In other sports like basketball, football and ice hockey, it is as noted during a break in the action.
It is camera people walking around and zooming in on what appears to be a couple. Usually of the opposite sex. And most of the time, they hardly even realize that there they are on the scoreboard for most of the fans to see. When they do realize, usually it is but a peck on the cheeks or a quick kiss. Some are looking for that camera. And then they do get a little crazy.
Now this pitcher for the Oakland Athletics, Brandon McCarthy, seems to not be happy when the Kiss-Cam is used at the Oakland Coliseum.
According to this on The Puffington Post, Mr. McCarthy is not a fan of the Kiss-Cam when it is used on same-sex couples. Especially male ones.
Mr. McCarthy took his rage about it on Twitter. Here is one of his tweets:
They put two guys on the 'Kiss Cam' tonight. What hilarity!! (by hilarity I mean offensive homophobia). Enough with this stupid trend.
Dude, lighten up already!
To many people it is funny. Straight, gay, lesbian, Black, White, whatever. And yeah, people would get a chuckle if two of the same sex locked lips.
Psst, Brandon. The whole purpose is a) to kill time and b) get some yucks.
Oh, and Brandon, do you even realize the reason why teams resort to such things?
To pay you and your teammates, Ace.
See, because every team televises their games, there is this thing called commercials. Advertisers pay a lot of money to be on said broadcast because a lot of people watch. And they watch the commercials. And because of that, the timeless sport of baseball gets a little longer because whenever there is any break in the action, there is a commercial.
But I guess this stellar star, with a lifetime record of 29-33, thinks that he should dictate the entertainment when there is a stoppage of play and there is what is called unofficially a commercial time out.
Hey, Brandon, maybe you do not like the bloopers that they show of baseball players. You know, all the mistakes, dropped balls, bad pitches, etc. Maybe that is humiliating to you.
Too bad, isn't it.
But let's get back to the tweets of Mr. McCarthy.
The second one deals with the humiliation of gay males:
so what? I know that isn't the intention, but the implication is that two guys kissing is funny. That's offensive to gay males.
Again, dude, whenever a camera pops up and they encourage people to kiss, it can be very funny. If gay males are that offended by getting the yucks, maybe they should just do what other people do. Ignore the camera. Many are totally oblivious and do not participate.
And let me point out that almost all humor is at the expense of someone and or their misfortune.
But, here is the capper of the wisdom of Mr. McCarthy:
so that's why they should stop doing it. Plus, it's cheap shitty comedy so it sucks on that level as well.
Yeah, it is cheap comedy. But it gets the laughs. Kind of like watching your cohorts and their bloopers. Although the prices that we have to pay to see the likes of you, it is not all that cheap.
I am a pretty purist type when it comes to sports and especially baseball.
I loath the so-called Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Bud Selig. He is doing all he can to ruin the game. This trying to switch teams from one league to another. Making the regular season in baseball as meaningless as in the three other major league sports. Too many teams. Never starting a World Series game at a reasonable hour for ALL fans. The list goes on.
I hate the designated hitter. Only the National League has held out and does not use it. Good for them!
I do not like inter league play. Again, part of that reason is what I wrote above.
But as long as sports encourages a family-friendly atmosphere, and baseball does, there will be things like the Kiss-Cam.
And really, why should gays and lesbians not be humiliated by it like the rest of us?