MLB Pitcher Brandon McCarthy Condemns Kiss Cam Homophobia

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Brandon McCarthy, a pitcher for the Oakland A's condemned stadium "kiss cam" operators yesterday in a series of tweets. McCarthy has had enough of camera operators trying to get laughs out of stadium crowds by featuring two presumably heterosexual men.

Wrote McCarthy:

"They put two guys on the 'Kiss Cam' tonight. What hilarity!! (by hilarity I mean offensive homophobia). Enough with this stupid trend…the implication is that two guys kissing is funny. That's offensive to gay males…Plus, it's cheap sh*tty comedy so it sucks on that level as well."

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(via nbc sports)

Comments

  1. MAX says

    I agree with him. It is homophobic. And I commend him for saying something when there’s such insane homophobia in sports. It’s great to see guys like him finally saying something.

  2. Kevin says

    Since my husband and I attend A’s games fairly regularly, the Kiss Cam joke just might back fire one day.

    I agree with McCarthy, the shits not funny. I admire him for coming out publicly against homophobia.

  3. Heather says

    It’s so great to see that he’s speaking out against this. It is so important to have pro athletes talking about homophobia in a public setting.

  4. Smartypants says

    The trend of major league athletes coming out against homophobia is pretty awesome. Not something I could have a imagined 5-10 years ago. Bravo, Mr. McCarthy!

  5. H8Str8s says

    Yes, it is a nice thing for him to say. But jocks are jocks. He is unaware of his own misogyny and homophobia. Straight women suck. Gay men suck. The use of the verb “to suck” in the derogatory is hurtful to women and gay men. In fact, if you wish to call servicing a woman orally sucking then it is derogatory of everyone who has ever performed oral sex. But that is not who it is aimed at is it? It is aimed at gay men.
    I hate jocks.

  6. kpo5 says

    Good on him.

    It’s like the newish Subway commercial with two guys eating the Italian sub while dreaming of being in Venice. They’re on a gondola, looking around, and eventually their eyes lock. Immediately, the fantasy ends and one says to the other, “catch the game last night,” to which the other exclaims, “of course!”

    Sure, the commercial might give most people a little chuckle and I’m not calling for a ban on Subway, but it’s little messages like this example that continue to inject subconscious homophobia into people by telling them “gay is not okay.”

  7. Brim says

    @H8STR8S, Don’t be ridiculous. You say “if you wish to call servicing a woman orally sucking then it is derogatory of everyone who has ever performed oral sex” – but if the term applies to everyone equally how can it be discriminating? To say ‘that sucks’ does not even imply what is being sucked. Ever heard ‘Go suck eggs’ or ‘Go suck a lemon’? I think this guy is right on the money.

    And what’s up with your name, anyway? That’s far more offensive than saying ‘sucks’. I wonder how your straight family members would feel about that. Come to think of it, you suck.

  8. H8Str8s says

    @brim
    Not everyone has performed oral sex. The verb “to suck” used in the derogatory would then just be sex-hating in general. I don’t think servicing a woman orally is sucking. I was anticipating somebody bringing up that one could call it sucking.
    You are self-loathing.

  9. Brim says

    Well, H8STR8S sees a man, presumably heterosexual, stand up for gay people and thinks that that person could never possibly understand what it is like to be gay. But that’s a presumption on his part. My presumption would be that H8STR8S seems to have had some bad experience with jocks. He says ‘Jocks are jocks’ which is an empty logical truism. He then says that McCarthy is unaware of his hatred for women and homosexuals, the implication being that jocks on a deeper level hate women and homosexuals. So a person like H8STR8S then starts to scan everything that McCarthy says thinking that this hidden hatred will resurface in other ways – like saying that something ‘sucks’. So then H8STR8S analyzes the meaning of ‘sucks’ and tries to link it to homophobia in some way.

    But I think that while people cannot know what it is like to be gay, they can certainly know how gay people are treated and see that it is wrong on many levels.

  10. Derek Pearce says

    The term “sucks” to describe something bad originally comes from “go suck an egg”, meaning suck the insides out of a rotten egg, a presumably sulfuric and unpleasant experience. Only in the mid-80s or so did it somehow morph into meaning oral sex.

  11. Lucas says

    @H8STR8S, I have sucked and I enjoy sucking so why would that be derogatory? I think your mental health is a little off kilter? Everyone says “that sucks” when they don’t like something and I have never heard anyone be offended by it. Did you just pull this imagined slur out of your ass?

  12. sense and sensibility says

    um dude, leave the gay ghetto once in a while…not everything in life has to be viewed through the prism of homo-sameness. Purporting to hate straight people for no other reason than they are straight renders your argument arbitrary and meaningless – not that it was on good footing to begin with. Saying some one is self loathing because they disagree with your political slant is likewise, equally spurious. Opinions such as yours do as much damage to the gay community as the worst homophobe on his best day of gay bashing.

  13. H8Str8s says

    @brim
    Bravo. Almost a perfect analysis. The only mistake you make is thinking that my hatred of this jock drives my hatred of the verb “to suck” in the derogatory. I have hated that since I was young enough to know what it meant and that I liked doing it. Honestly, in the mid 70’s there was no doubt whatsoever what a guy meant when he said to another guy “You suck!” I can forgive younger people not being vicerally aware of the term’s recent history.
    I h8str8s. It is a position I take not as firmly as I did before I first visited this website, but one I still hold. I look with a juandiced eye on anything a straight person says or does. I look for any reason to hate them. It is just where I’m at right now. Jackfkntwist is a cool guy as far as I can see and he said he felt guilty for liking my handle… I don’t think he would agree with most of what I say. He is far to nice a guy. But he understands why I might feel this way. Maybe he appreciates turnabout is fair play even when it is blind unreasonig hatred. I am entitled to say what I please here because this is anonymous.
    Anonymous is good. It encourages free speech. If I didn’t say these things, I couldn’t hear counter arguments and learn to become less bitter.
    Is it not so?

  14. H8Str8s says

    @sense and sensibility
    I called the guy self-loathing for using a homophobic slur when he purports to be gay.
    Your position that who I am is sequitur to my resoning is an ad hominem. You are arguing from position. Learn something about logic before you try to argue with terms like “spurious.”

  15. H8Str8s says

    @endo
    so do I

    @brim
    Wouldn’t you expect I haven’t spoken to my straight family since I came out over 20 years ago? So as to what they think, I hope they don’t. I hope they are all dead. Or better, slowly wasting away with things like melanoma on the face and bone cancer. I hope the pain medications don’t work and it is a slow painful death. I hope they are in such agony their constant mantra is “kill me, kill me,…”

  16. Sense and sensibility says

    My logic is fine…Despising another person for something they had the accident of being born into deserves pity not praise. You are being no different than the guy in a sheet hating blacks for being black. It is inflammatory and counter productive. I’ll match my ad hominem with your sweeping generalization

  17. H8Str8s says

    @sense and sensibility.
    You claim that your logic is fine but then you admit to ad hominem. That is a self contradiction. So what are you talking about? My name is not a generalization, it is a political position. I am warning people who read my posts that this is where I am coming from. What we say here involves a certain amount of opinion, so I am letting people know what underlies my opinions.
    Whereas your whole logic was predicated on an ad hominem. Then when I pointed it out you admit it and act like it is o.k.. It is not. It is no way to argue, and if you are going to have pretensions of argueing logically you must abandon it as an arguement.

  18. Kenny says

    @H8STR8S : His comments were both compassionate intelligent and right on target.There was not even a glimmer or trace of homophobia in what he wrote it was the exact opposite : tolerance and compassion.

    Your name is odd also considering it implies you hate people who are straight.Yes some straights may be homophobic or hate us but not all of them do please keep that in mind.Its never fair to group everyone into one specific bigoted box not everyone is the same in that regard thankfully.

  19. rayy says

    There are meanings of “suck” that have nothing to do with gay men or women.

    I hope there will be guys who are brave enough to “push the envelope” and kiss, even if they’re not gay. That’s the best way to end this.

  20. USC Trojan Fan says

    H8Str8s is an anti gay troll trying to twist these stories by playing a caricature of his idea of what gays are…and in turn, making a martyr out of straights, getting you all to come to bat for straights, and getting us to change the positive narrative of a PRO gay story.

    How foolish you all are to not realize there’s anti gay trolls who pollute this site posing as us. AND OFTEN!

  21. IonMovies says

    I agree with you USC Trojan Fan. I smelled homophobic troll, trying to make gays look bad and heteros look victimized, the moment I read his posts. Shame some people are buying it as if we haven’t had trolls on this site before.

  22. johnny says

    Technically, when performing fellatio, one is not really sucking as much as simply mouthing, adding pressure, friction, stimulation, wetting, licking, etc… There’s hardly any real SUCKING going on, in all actuality. (At least, with my personal experience.)

    Therefore, sucking isn’t something that offends me because I’m not really doing it when having sex. And let’s not forget the saying “sucking wind” which really describes a lot of what is going on here.

    I truly feel sorry for H8Str8s.

    I have so many really great, accepting het friends, many more than gay. I don’t know where I’d be without them, they are my family, my go-to guys for a shoulder, my fishing buddies, my drinking buddies, my brothers and sisters, my fellow musicians. My world would be amazingly small without them.

  23. Kenny says

    @USC and ION: Wow how incredibly arrogant and rude to insult people for simply expressing their honest opinions trolls or not some of us are just honest and direct regardless of what the other persons intentions are .

  24. H8Str8s says

    @kenny
    I didn’t think his homophobia was conscious. I thought it was the institutionalized form which is so much more insidious because it is done entirely unconsciously. He is not aware he is doing it.
    You say whay you say in a way that can reach me. I can hear you and perhaps change my position as a result of it. I am not wedded to this handle. But I must say, every time I am attacked for it, I cling to it that much harder.

    @usc Trojan Fan
    go trojans

    @Johnny
    your bit about straight friends and how great they are is a little lost on me because you say it after you say you feel sorry for me. Would you listen to me if I said I feel sorry for you and then went on to disagree with you? Nobody listens to that. I sense you are not trying to start a fight and you are being sincere so you might want to consider if you are doing any good by offering pitty. You just make me feel more right about my position.
    I wasn’t talking about the actual act. I was talking about how the verb “to suck” has been used as a gay slur since I was a young child.

  25. Brim says

    H8STR8S, I hope you aren’t gone yet. I don’t know if free speech has tremendous benefit to society at large but I would agree that it has tremendous benefit to individuals. I have no idea whether or not your family deserves the ire you place on them. In general, there are biological ties between parents and children that are, more often than not, difficult to sever; you could say I was playing the averages. I assumed you had some sort of positive interaction with straight people at some point.

    So let’s look at your position logically. In the first case there is an epistemic problem. There seems to be a problem in that you assume things you could never know unless you are McCarthy. For example, how could you know that all jocks “on a deeper level hate women and homosexuals”? It isn’t through their actions. Some jocks exhibit tolerant actions like McCarthy; that is, they don’t go around punching gay people. So if it isn’t through his behaviour that we could assess McCarthy, then you either have access to his thoughts or it is reflected in his speech. Since no one knows or has access to another person’s thoughts, you purport that it is reflected in his speech. But if I can demonstrate that hatred is not reflected in his speech, then you are in fact prejudging McCarthy’s character.

    In the second case there is a semantic problem. So a classic semantic theory would hold that meaning is found in definitions or concepts. Words are symbols that refer to objects and thought and speech is merely a manipulation of the symbols. Early 20th century philosophy came up with formal logic and found meaning to be in the words and symbols (this is called the symbolic turn, see Wittgenstein’s “Tractatus”, or Russell’s “On Denoting”). This is partially true.
    But the linguistic turn in the latter half of the 20th century argued that symbols cannot explain all of language (See Austin and later Wittgenstein). Context is king. So one very quick and simple argument against the old view was with the use of indexicals (I, he, she, them, etc.). Take the sentence ‘I like ham’. Depending on who the speaker is, whether it is you or I for example, changes the reference of the term ‘I’. So obviously context matters in interpretation and symbols such as ‘I’ cannot explain meaning sufficiently.

    A philosopher named Grice came up with intentional based semantics. The idea is that meaning is not in the symbols, but in the intent of the speaker (see Grice’s paper “Meaning”). I intend, by using symbols a certain way in a certain context, that an audience understand my symbol and if I am successful in communicating, the audience will recognize my intent. So now I hope you see the trouble with analyzing ‘sucks’ and linking it to homophobia. Even if we suppose that you were successful, which I am not convinced of, analyzing the symbol does not account for the intent of the speaker. It doesn’t seem probable that he intended ‘sucks’ to be taken as a slight against gay men (and intent is crucial in explaining meaning).

    So now let’s return to your first argument. If it isn’t through action or speech (both word-object reference and intent) and you don’t have access to McCarthy’s thoughts, then how could you ever possibly know that on a deeper level all jocks hate women and homosexuals? Thus, epistemic failure.

  26. Brim says

    Or simply put, a proper philosophical analysis does not consist only of analyzing definitions of concepts; it also consists of analyzing context and intent. If you think about it, sarcasm has literally the opposite meaning of the words you say. So how could you analyze sarcasm such as ‘I reeeeeally like your dress’. The meaning is not in the definitions of the words, but in context and intent. I’m saying that there is a failure to do that with the word ‘suck’. Because of the semantic failure, you get an epistemic failure. You cannot know what you claim. So you are pre-judging, or judging before the fact.

  27. H8Str8s says

    @brim
    Didn’t you read what I said before? It was a near perfect analysis and I wouldn’t argue with what you said above. Because it can’t be tested for truth value, whether he is homophobic and misogynist is a matter of opinion not fact. As such, I am free to hold any opinion. I can’t prove my opinion correct and you can’t prove it wrong. You can show it to be unfounded by any fact but you can’t show it to be wrong. I hold that opinion because he let slip a word I can take in some sense to be homophobic and I do simply because he is straight. I can only change my views by venting and getting reasoned responses. Because you already told me I suck when you new that would hurt my feelings, you make it impossible for you to get through to me. to change my opinion, you have to appear to be on my side, or at least not an active enemy. You have already shown yourself to be an active enemy, so why try to reason with me? You have already blown your chance at influencing me or my opinions by appearing hostile.
    It is too bad, because I think we could have had an interesting conversation.

  28. Jono says

    Back to the actual story at hand…
    It is awesome that a pro sports player on his own accord made a public pro-gay statement. So many times we only see anti-gay statements via twitter, very rarely are there positive statements. This comes off as way more sincere than the MLB Team “It Gets Better” videos, which by the way I find extremely important. They just seem a little forced at times. Better than nothing though.
    But for a guy, on his own, to make a statement. Purely awesome.

  29. Michelle says

    I’d put money on H8STR8S actually being a straight homophobe attempting to gain sympathy for straights all while making gays look bad and extreme. Seen this too many times. So tranparent.

  30. says

    @endo,

    The San Francisco Giants showed a few gay couples kissing on their kiss cam at LGBT night last season. I ended up sitting next to one of the gay couples whose kiss ended up on their cam (who are also my friends), and I was able to get the scoreboard video footage and put it up on YouTube:

  31. Brim says

    Um, no I am not the H8STR8S guy. I just thought I could show him that by prejudging he is doing the thing he hates. He asked me a question about his family life so I was responding to that. He doesn’t seem willing to talk anymore, so that’s that. But I comment on this site. And I’m not that guy.

  32. H8Str8s says

    @brim
    I never said I wasn’t prejudgeing. I don’t hate straight people because they prejudge. I hate them because all of them have been hurtful to me personally. Not just as a gay person, but as an autistic person, as a short person, etc. Straight people in my personal experience are horrible. You asked what my family would think about my handle and I was responding to that.
    I didn’t say I didn’t want to talk, I meant to be asking you why you attacked me first and then tried to reason with me second when it was then too late to do any good. I would still like to know why you did that. Isn’t it self-defeating?
    I am not wedded to this handle or political position. I can be reasoned away from it, but not by people telling me I suck, calling me a troll, or other names. these things don’t shut me up or change my mind. I would find my life easier if I didn’t hate straight people consequently I am willing to listen to a good argument. I am not willing to listen to enemies.
    What? You might try to undo the damage by taking back the uncalled for telling me I suck. Had I personally insulted you? I think the only one I attacked was someone outside the community. Then a bunch within the community decided to jump on one of their own. Maybe you would go some way in repairing this conversation if you apologize for attacking me before you tried to reason with me.
    If you tried to reason with me and all I did back was to call you names without responding to any of your arguments, I could see you giving up and calling me names in frustration. that is not what you did. You told me I suck, when I had never directed a mean comment in your direction. You seem well read. Why would someone like you do something like that?

  33. H8Str8s says

    @B-ROD
    You don’t read well do you? Calling me a troll neither shuts me up nor changes my mind. What I believe you are trying to do is to shut me up. Are you afraid of what I have to say? Do you use the verb “to suck” all the time and are embarassed you have been caught being self-loathing? Is this a defensive reaction? Do you not like free speech?

  34. Brim says

    If you are serious, contact me. Only know that emails will take a few days to get to, since this isn’t a primary account of mine. I will talk with you outside of this forum.

    brimstonetitan@yahoo.com

    For everyone else, I didn’t mean to take up space – just wanted to defend an ally.

  35. Lee chevalier says

    Hatesstraights: so you recieved an education. That isn’t making you glisten any more than it makes you listen. One guy made social comments, we applauded. Your constant pomposity on this site becomes EXCRUCIATING often enough but it’s misdirected here.

  36. H8Str8s says

    @LEE CHEVALIER
    Usually I am described as arrogant rather than pompous. If you feel I am being pompous perhaps it is the way that I speak. I am slightly autistic and I have an odd way of choosing words. I don’t mean to be pompous. But being pompous doesn’t make me wrong. And your point about it being misdirected is lost in your insolence. How can I listen to you or be curious in what way am I misdirected when you are being overtly rude to me? Have I insulted you unintentionally? If so, I’m sorry. If not, I think you owe me an apology. Why not try to turn me into a friend. I believe Brim is well on the way to doing that and maybe changing my mind on a number of things. You? Not so much.

  37. Gans says

    Hey Andy-

    I have been reading your blog for a very long time, and this article about Brandon McCarthy is inspirational. Baseball still has a long way to end homophobia, but this as a great response from an ally, and we need more to follow his example.

    My friend Ben Cohen, whom I’ve known for many years ub the town of Rugby, England, as a rugby star, like his Uncle George. He is travelling the US and the UK for his Stand Up Foundation.

    These straight allies against bullying are wonderful. What makes me sad is that the comments sections have become zones for cyber-bullying and hatred, with most of the banter off-topic and child-like.

    This has to end. You work hard to compose an informative website, and I’m sad to see this lower the discource.

  38. Robert says

    Brandon pitched for my White Sox a few years back and I didn’t give him much thought at the time. But he gets MAJOR thumbs up for this one. Good on you, Brandon.

  39. wimsy says

    A professional ballplayer shows sensitivity to gay people, and objects to juvenile, childish homophobic camera pranks — and you clowns are actually debating this?

    This proves a scientific truth – if you put enough queens in front of keyboards, they will quickly begin an idiotic argument.

  40. lucasky says

    Saying what he did takes balls. Pun intended! haha…

    Nice article: restores faith in humanity. Crazy anonymous commenter: reduces faith in humanity.

  41. Gregv says

    Maybe I don’t understand the context (Are there commentators saying “Two guys on the kiss cam! Har har! What humiliation!”?
    If not, I would consider it a problem if they were only pointing it to boy-girl pairs. Personally, I don’t usually like being in the spotlight. But if they can point the cam and two fun-loving, confident straight guys and they laugh and kiss each other, that will be a wonderful strike against homophobia. If they point it at two brothers and one kisses the other’s bald head and posts their moment on Facebook, again, this can only be a good thing. Even Jesus kissed other men. Americans need to get over this stupid idea that a kiss between two men is something to fear.

  42. Tom Cardellino says

    Kudos to you BRIM for trying your logical best to somehow respond to a self-avowed hater who takes pride in hiding behind a pseudonym that extols the “virtue” of hating 90% of humanity. I won’t even give this sad excuse for a person any recognition by name, but I will advise him to seek seriously deep and well-qualified psychiatric care. That’s for his own good as well as for the creepy possibilities of what such unrestrained illogical and poisonous hatred might bring him to actually act out upon. Very sad and very scary at the same time. Reading his screeds is tantamount to listening to the ancient Sirens while sailing the Mediterranean. No good can come from it.
 As to the real life joyous subject at hand, this young straight guy Brandon McCarthy is the kind of hero we as a minority should welcome unreservedly. He has a point to make that’s undeniably true. Instead of the audience saying “Aah!” as they would with two young heterosexual folks exchanging a visible display of affection, the cam operators expect that the audience will say “He-he-he!” when it comes to any male-to-male kiss. Isn’t that enough proof of this young athlete’s complaint; and a young man who, so to speak, has “no skin in the game?” I personally am grateful for my few straight loved ones, allies decades ago to the struggles of LGBT folks many of whom were dying from what was then known as a “loathsome disease.” We LGBT people are part of humanity, and as such, have responsibilities to the general welfare and social discourse that either makes or breaks a culture. Thank you ad infinitum, Brandon McCarthy, for lifting the level of respectable social discourse to the attention of 90% of our culture that may not yet “get it!”

  43. Tom Cardellino says

    Kudos to you BRIM for trying your logical best to somehow respond to a self-avowed hater who takes pride in hiding behind a pseudonym that extols the “virtue” of hating 90% of humanity. I won’t even give this sad excuse for a person any recognition by name, but I will advise him to seek seriously deep and well-qualified psychiatric care. That’s for his own good as well as for the creepy possibilities of what such unrestrained illogical and poisonous hatred might bring him to actually act out upon. Very sad and very scary at the same time. Reading his screeds is tantamount to listening to the ancient Sirens while sailing the Mediterranean. No good can come from it.
 As to the real life joyous subject at hand, this young straight guy Brandon McCarthy is the kind of hero we as a minority should welcome unreservedly. He has a point to make that’s undeniably true. Instead of the audience saying “Aah!” as they would with two young heterosexual folks exchanging a visible display of affection, the cam operators expect that the audience will say “He-he-he!” when it comes to any male-to-male kiss. Isn’t that enough proof of this young athlete’s complaint; and a young man who, so to speak, has “no skin in the game?” I personally am grateful for my few straight loved ones, allies decades ago to the struggles of LGBT folks many of whom were dying from what was then known as a “loathsome disease.” We LGBT people are part of humanity, and as such, have responsibilities to the general welfare and social discourse that either makes or breaks a culture. Thank you ad infinitum, Brandon McCarthy, for lifting the level of respectable social discourse to the attention of 90% of our culture that may not yet “get it!”

  44. Tom Cardellino says

    Kudos to you BRIM for trying your logical best to somehow respond to a self-avowed hater who takes pride in hiding behind a pseudonym that extols the “virtue” of hating 90% of humanity. I won’t even give this sad excuse for a person any recognition by name, but I will advise him to seek seriously deep and well-qualified psychiatric care. That’s for his own good as well as for the creepy possibilities of what such unrestrained illogical and poisonous hatred might bring him to actually act out upon. Very sad and very scary at the same time. Reading his screeds is tantamount to listening to the ancient Sirens while sailing the Mediterranean. No good can come from it.
 As to the real life joyous subject at hand, this young straight guy Brandon McCarthy is the kind of hero we as a minority should welcome unreservedly. He has a point to make that’s undeniably true. Instead of the audience saying “Aah!” as they would with two young heterosexual folks exchanging a visible display of affection, the cam operators expect that the audience will say “He-he-he!” when it comes to any male-to-male kiss. Isn’t that enough proof of this young athlete’s complaint; and a young man who, so to speak, has “no skin in the game?” I personally am grateful for my few straight loved ones, allies decades ago to the struggles of LGBT folks many of whom were dying from what was then known as a “loathsome disease.” We LGBT people are part of humanity, and as such, have responsibilities to the general welfare and social discourse that either makes or breaks a culture. Thank you ad infinitum, Brandon McCarthy, for lifting the level of respectable social discourse to the attention of 90% of our culture that may not yet “get it!”

  45. TJ says

    TOM CARDELLINO – Actually, he does have “skin in the game.” He risks possible fallout for being too gay-friendly, perhaps even being “accused” of being gay and having his masculinity questioned (by idiots, of course, but still). It is this risk – nothing ostensibly to gain but something to lose, that make him brave and his statement quite powerful and thought -provoking. If he’s willing to take the risk of calling out homophobia, perhaps it’s a risk worth taking.

  46. Francis says

    I agree with you, Greg, that it would be great to see two straight guys kiss without any reservation or act of dread, when/if they are ever selected by the kiss cam operators. But that doesn’t change the intent behind why kiss cam operators do select two *straight* guys. Yes, it’s because they think it’s just SOOO hilarious (read: humiliating/weird/freakish/etc.) to see two reluctant straight males kiss. Since no “normal” man would want to kiss another man, that’s gross.

    That’s the entire intent. It’s done to embarrass and pick fun, not to embrace. Which is why often when it’s done, the two men selected are on the road team or are fans who are sporting the road team’s jerseys. Actual gay men in relationships, lesbian women in relationships, are not selected for the kiss cam, which again should make clear the homophobia that revolves around these kiss cams.

    Brandon is really awesome for saying something, and has good awareness to see this when many straight people who generally do support our community may not realize why exactly this is homophobic. Brandon does have a lot riding on the line for saying this, maybe less so in Oakland, but in more conservative opposing cities, he will most likely get a lot of crap for this. Baseball still very much has a Good Ole Boy club culture. It’s going to take guys like Brandon sticking their necks out when they don’t actually have to do so, to create change.

    The fact anyone can find something critical here somewhat confuses me, but not enough for me to care.

  47. GS says

    Methinks “H8STR8S” is a parody troll.

    Does anybody really think a commenter whose user name suggests – no, blatantly states – that he/she literally hates all heterosexual people should be taken seriously?

  48. Leroy Laflamme says

    I don’t know if it’s just me, but I experience trouble from time to time getting my comments posted. I get ‘Your comment has been posted’ & then, no post. I had a lengthy diatribe intended for H8STR8S who mistakenly called me stupid. OMG! I’m probably the brightest person I know. I wanted to tell him what stupid really is: Stupid is a person who proudly calls himself H8STR8S. Stupid is a person who HATES. And really stupid is the person who didn’t understand the actual meaning of Brandon McCarthy’s tweets. Gay-friendly heterosexual sportsmen with such a positive outlook on life are harder to come by than hen’s teeth, so let’s appreciate the support & find somewhere else to post sad comments about hating every straight person in the world, shall we? Now, let’s hit Post & see what happens.

  49. Femmegrrrl says

    H8str8ts- WHAT? You are a offense to LGBT everywhere (me included), mostly because of your flawed logic and blatant hetero-phobia. I’m sorry if you were injured by heterosexuals in your life, as many of us (including me) were. Good on Brandon McCarthy for pointing out that a same-sex kiss isn’t a recipe for funny. He is directly on the mark and hopefully we will see more of this in sports.

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