The Washington Post has an insightful article about why the WNBA's Washington Mystics don't have a KissCam that so many NBA and other WNBA teams have implemented. The kiss cams generally show two people sitting next to each other and the crowd urges them to kiss. The reason the Mystics don't do it: They don't want to show lesbians kissing.
"We got a lot of kids here," Sheila Johnson, the Mystics' managing partner, said when asked last week at a game. "We just don't find it appropriate."
The article goes at length to show what they don't find appropriate is people of the same-sex kissing, talking to fans, management and players. One of the Mystics' players predictably compares being gay to abortion:
"We wouldn't broadcast on our Jumbotron about abortion issues because of the religious and political conflicts it would cause," said Lindsey Harding, the team's point guard. "It's a similar, sensitive subject. We don't want to put anything out there to turn down certain fans."
Of course, the HRC spokesperson interviewed for the article put it perfectly: HRC's support can be bought and sold with some cash and an appearance at one of their dinners:
As Cathy Nelson, the Human Rights Campaign's vice president, said in a phone interview, "Sheila and the Mystics have been nothing but supportive in our mind, showing up at all our dinners, events, even bringing the whole team once."
The Mystics are the latest in a growing number of pro sports teams with kissing problems. In the past there have been issues with the New York Liberty, Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Dodgers, among others.
Hat tip to Ben Finzel at Fleishman-Hillard