From criminally underrated ex-presidents on the kiss cam to opposing players on the kiss cam.
In response to accusations of homophobia, the New York Mets have eliminated the practice of showing two opposing players on the Citi Field kiss cam. They released a statement to HuffPost Live about it:
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.
Good for the Mets.
While seeing a sweet octogenarian couple up there is kind of cute, kiss cams have traditionally been used as a means of spreading casual homophobia. The operator thinks it’s cute to put it on two guys — who they presume to be heterosexual guys — in order to get hoots and hollers from the crowd and to sow homphobic discomfort. In recent years there has been a laudable effort at some parks and arenas to put actual gay couples on the kiss cam, but of course that has stirred up lame “think of the children” protests from people who are, in reality, motivated far more by their bigotry and discomfort than anything else.
I don’t think the Mets meant any harm in this but I’m glad they’ve stopped this practice. If, for no other reason, than the idea of two same sex people kissing is not, in and of itself, a joke nor should it be treated as such.