In terms of fan behavior during the "Kiss Cam" broadcast on big screens during Oakland Athletics games, Brandon McCarthy is hoping it gets better.
During the late innings of baseball games, the "Kiss Cam" -- in which unsuspecting couples are captured on camera, put on the stadium's big screen, and encouraged to smooch to much acclaim and applause -- sometimes finishes its work with a joke: a shot of two men is up on the cam, and usually the "couple" recoil in disgust and horror at the thought of macho bros sucking face.
On April 19, following a game in Anaheim, McCarthy tweeted: "They put two guys on the 'Kiss Cam' tonight. What hilarity!! (by hilarity I mean offensive homophobia). Enough with this stupid trend."
The Chronicle praised McCarthy, 28, for his mature and level-headed response. The pitcher also questioned the consistency of MLB sponsoring "It Gets Better" anti-hate videos while condoning what he think is homophobic behavior.
"There's that stupid, little comedic value of it if you don't really think about what it implies," he told the newspaper. "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."