Today is GLAAD Spirit Day, an annual event bringing awareness to and promoting the prevention of the bullying of LGBT youth. Major League Baseball has responded in support. Teams’ Twitter avatars have gone purple (the color identifying alliance with Spirt Day) and ervery MLB team has posted a link to GLAAD’s Spirit Day webpage to their Facebook page. Nice gesture for a good cause.
Unfortunately, certain fans are responding to it in awful fashion. Deadspin points out the nasty things Braves fans are posting on the team’s Facebook page. But it’s not limited to Atlanta. The Dodgers page has multiple horrendous responses. As does the Mets. I’m sure most pages have a showing of cretinism as well.
The ones that gall me the most, however, are not the purely bigoted responses. There are jerks and homophobes and bigots everywhere, and they actually provide a service in identifying themselves. Sort of like a sign near a toxic waste dump, warning us off.
No, the ones who really bug me are the “stick to baseball” crowd who, while not explicitly opposing MLB bringing attention to an important issue, seem to wish sincerely that they not do it. One wonders if they’d feel that way if they were around in 1947. Or the “stay out of politics” crowd, who apparently think that there’s something “political” about not wanting kids to get bullied, beat up, driven to depression or even suicide because of who and what they are.
Anyway, kudos to Major League Baseball for showing solidarity with a good cause. To those who feel that the prevention of bullying of kids is something which should be shouted down or opposed: Please reevaluate your values, your priorities and your life. Thanks.