Oakland A’s pitcher objects to gay inuendo of stadium ‘kiss cam’

Brandon McCarthy says prompting presumably straight males to kiss for laughs is 'particularly offensive to gay males'

Oakland A’s pitcher objects to gay inuendo of stadium ‘kiss cam’
20 April 2012 Print This Article

Major League Baseball star Brandon McCarthy, a pitcher for the Oakland Athletics, just doesn't think it's funny to make two presumably straight guys kiss in front of a stadium of fans.

He considers it offensive to gays.

The so-called 'kiss cam' has become a staple at major sporting events in the US. During a lull in the action, camera operators will focus on unsuspecting pairs in the stands and the crowd encourages them to kiss.

While couples are usually the focus of the camera, sometimes it will zoom in on two men who are clearly not a gay couple and try and get them to lock lips for laughs.

McCarthy, 28, took to Twitter this week to speak out against the practice: 'They put two guys on the 'Kiss Cam' tonight. What hilarity!! (By hilarity I mean offensive homophobia). Enough with this stupid trend.'

When plenty of his nearly 30,000 Twitter followers disagreed with him, McCarthy did not back down explaining: 'The implication is that two guys kissing is funny. That's offensive to gay males.'

Homophobia aside, McCarthy had one more point to make about the 'Kiss Cam' practice: 'It's cheap, sh*tty comedy so it sucks at that level as well.'

McCarthy joined the Oakland A's last year after stints playing for the Texas Rangers and the Chicago White Sox.

HAVE YOUR SAY

OTHER POSTS

No thumbnail available

Backlash as Cher tweets Madonna jibe

'WTF is MDNA?' trends worldwide on Twitter after Cher spills the beans on former nickname for the Material Girl
No thumbnail available

The life of a bisexual boxer, who killed a man, is made into an opera

The Opera Theatre of St. Louis will premiere composer's Terence Blanchard's Champion, the story of bisexual fighter Emile Griffith
No thumbnail available

California secretary of state ordered to add signatures to anti-trans referendum

Sacremento judge Allen Sumner has ordered secretary of state Debra Bowen to add signatures to the petition, which were missed off due to the cut-off date
No thumbnail available

Hairstylist killed by gay lover in India

Well-known hairstylist found strangled and robbed, three men arrested
No thumbnail available

New Australian Liberal Democratic Party senator promises marriage equality bill

Freshly minted Australian micro-party senator David Leyonhjelm says he will put forward a bill to allow same-sex couples to marry after mentioning marriage equality in his inaugural speech
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Dad gets 'Born This Way' tattoo to show support for bisexual son

Heartwarming YouTube video reaches over 100,000 views  
No thumbnail available

Alaska argues states have a right to gay marriage bans

'However, the State urges that residents of Alaska possess the same fundamental right to retain the traditional definition of marriage'
No thumbnail available

New online LGBT magazine launched

Clusion magazine aims to dispel the stereotype of 'sex mad' LGBT people
No thumbnail available

Further fallout for coffee chain after donation to anti-gay group

Mental health group moves to distance itself from the Gloria Jeans coffee chain while its main competitor launches a statement supporting gay rights