Posted by: Kevin | June 5, 2008

Unnatural Public Displays

Wolfrum at Shakesvillehas a very funny post about the consequences of public displays of affection at a baseball game.  The real story that he is parodying is almost as ridiculous. 

As the Mariners played the Boston Red Sox on May 26, Sirbrina Guerrero and her date were approached in the third inning by an usher who told them their kissing was inappropriate, Guerrero said.

The usher, Guerrero said, told them he had received a complaint from a woman nearby who said that there were kids in the crowd of nearly 36,000 and that parents would have to explain why two women were kissing.

No one likes to be subjected to massive amounts of PDA, regardless of the sexual orientation involved.  In this case however, we’re talking about two people exchanging a few kisses over some garlic fries.  Outside of the combination of mouth to mouth contact and garlic fries, there’s nothing offensive about that.  The Mariner’s organization has since apologized.

Explaining different things to your kids can be uncomfortable.  My 4 year old daughter is constantly challenging me in this regard.  However, there are a lot of things that I’d likely need to explain at a ball park.  Compared to the drunk yelling obscenities, the college kids practically having sex and the constant scratching of crotches, the need to explain why two women might want to exchange a few kisses seems pretty tame.

In honor of the upcoming Summer Olympics, I invite whoever complained at the Mariner’s game to watch this video of Kerri Walsh and Misty May.  If a few kisses were enough to disturb you then the celebration that starts at 2:35 on this clip should shatter your sanity (wish I could find better resolution).

updated for some poorly worded sentences

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