Last week, A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy caused a brief flurry with a tweet deeming the display of two men kissing on a stadium “kiss cam” as homophobic.
They put two guys on the ‘Kiss Cam’ tonight. What hilarity!! (by hilarity I mean offensive homophobia). Enough with this stupid trend.
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) April 19, 2012
The Chronicle’s Gwen Knapp wrote this about the tweet in a column today:
The comment might have made history. It’s hard to tell. The Baseball Encyclopedia doesn’t keep track of players’ spontaneous statements about inherently antigay humor. But McCarthy’s insight was certainly rare…
McCarthy pointed out the joke is usually telegraphed by placing the two guys at the end of the routine. There is no way it’s an attempt to include gay and lesbian couples in the frivolity of “Kiss Cam.”
“There’s that stupid, little comedic value of it if you don’t really think about what it implies,” he said Tuesday. “It kind of got old on that level. Then I actually started thinking about why we were supposed to be laughing, and it bugged me.
KQED’s Ian Hill has Storified a series of exchanges between McCarthy and other Twitter users stemming from his comment…