Kiss Cams have been part of major sporting events for as long as most of us can remember, but in an era where liberals can find offense in even the most innocent activities, they may not be around much longer. Over the last two weeks, hypersensitive kooks have found two separate reasons to criticize the practice, leading to changes at two different organizations.
First, it was the New York Mets. Enjoying a successful season on the field, the Mets offended Twitter user Etan Bednarsh when they focused their Kiss Cam on two members of the opposing team. This is a common joke at the stadium, providing a little bit of lighthearted humor at the expense of the visitors. But Bednarsh and others on social media concluded that it was homophobic and contrary to the normalization of homosexuality. So of course, it has to go.
The Mets were all too happy to cut the practice at the first sign of controversy. The team announced almost instantly that they would bow to social pressure. “While intended to be lighthearted, we unintentionally offended some,” the team said in a statement to the Huffington Post. “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.”
Perhaps uncomfortable with how easily they won that round, liberals turned their attention to the Kiss Cam at Syracuse University next. Syracuse wasn’t making sport of the opposing team’s sexuality, but at least one fan was upset with what he saw at a Carrier Dome game last Saturday. Steve Port wrote a letter to Syracuse.com, insisting that the stadium’s Kiss Cam was misogynistic and even dangerous.
“The first two people (and probably most people that wind up on the kiss cam) were happy to oblige the camera,” wrote Port. “However, the cameraman then scanned into the student section where a young man and a young woman were shown. Clearly not a couple, the male student pleaded his case for a kiss on the big screen while the female adamantly shook her head no. So what does this guy do? He grabs her head and shoves his tongue down her throat, the crowd cheers.”
While the university has not committed to doing away with the Kiss Cam feature altogether, spokespeople said they were reviewing ways to “assess the concerns expressed in the letter.” The cam was noticeably absent from the following game against Central Michigan.
Now, the world is clearly not going to end because we do away with Kiss Cams. And there probably is something smarmy about pressuring people to kiss when at least one of them doesn’t want to, especially if fans are actually getting physically involved. But…how is it that these things magically become offensive all of a sudden? What is wrong with Americans in 2015 that we have to find something wrong with absolutely everything? It’s not the Rape Cam. It’s not the Look At These Queerboys Cam. It’s a little lighthearted humor. Maybe if people are so sensitive, they should skip the sporting events and spend their time watching something more explicitly tailored to their personalities.
MSNBC needs viewers, after all.