New York Mets to End Innocent Game Tradition Over Complaints of Homophobia (VIDEO)
Sorry Mets fans, you’re the latest target of today’s social justice warriors. Someone has complained about something that everyone else found funny and therefore, it will no longer be allowed.
New York Mets to end ‘homophobic’ kiss cam joke
The New York Mets said the team will stop featuring players on the kiss cam after some fans complained the stunt was homophobic.
The kiss cam will continue, said Jay Horwitz, vice president of media relations, but it will no longer feature players in the heart-shaped frame.
“We have, on occasion, included players from opposing teams in our popular in-game kiss cam feature. While intended to be lighthearted, we unintentionally offended some. We apologize for doing so and no longer will include players in the feature. Our organization is wholly supportive of fostering an inclusive and respectful environment at games,” the organization said Wednesday…
New Yorker Etan Bednarsh, a lifelong Mets fan from the moment he saw catcher Todd Hundley hit a home run, first witnessed the gag in April at a Mets game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The heart-shaped frame captured several smooching couples before landing on two players in the Phillies dugout, prompting snickers.
To Bednarsh and his friends, it was no laughing matter. He whipped out his phone and tweeted at the Mets.
“Putting two men together on the kiss cam isn’t a punch line. I want to keep coming to games. Please stop doing this,” he said.
Just so we’re clear, the tweet below is from a gay man complaining about seeing two straight men featured on a “kiss cam” as a joke.
.@Mets Putting two men together on the kiss cam isn't a punch line. I want to keep coming to games. Please stop doing this.
— Etan Bednarsh (@EBednarsh) April 15, 2015
Here’s a video report from CNN. They sure seem happy about the decision…
BONUS: The guy who complained is a supporter of #BlackLivesMatter. Shocker…
— Etan Bednarsh (@EBednarsh) September 12, 2015