Hello all. If you decide to post homophobic -- and yes that is a word -- commentary in this thread, you will be getting infracted for it. Understood? This is a place for people to discuss hockey, specifically, and the OP is about the Amerks doing something commendable. I'd editorialize more on my thoughts about people who can't grasp this concept but it would put me in direct violation of the rules I agreed to uphold when I accepted my position here, namely insulting them.
So -- slur and I will bounce your ass out of the thread and you will be getting infracted. Got it?
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. - Aristotle
I suspect the timing is because the Supreme Court is taking on Gay Marriage cases today.
But the program has been going on for awhile now. Even if it isn't the case, it's nice to see from them.
From what I've gleaned in talking to Burke and watching him on Twitter, the timing almost always revolves around filming. With a hectic schedule, especially this year, it can be difficult to nail players down. Plus they like to release their videos regularly, not a ton one day, and then go weeks without any others.
That's why the Sabres anti-bullying PSA was delayed about a year. The Sabres were on the road a lot when the idea formed, and then the team traded away two of the players (Roy and Gaustad) that were supposed to film, delaying it further.
The very last video they have(at the moment)shows Jason Pominville adding his voice as well. So, while the Sabres(as yet)haven't signed on, at least the team's captain has done so. And ex-Sabre Brian Campbell is featured, too.
For the record, the Amerks are the 5th AHL team to work with the organization.
Re: the Kiss Cam gag at last night's Amerks game, CriminallyVu1ga got in touch with the team and had some good things to write about in his blog post on the subject http://wp.me/pFA9i-1RU. Also has a bit of info on the impetus for and time line of the video.
This is nice and all, but maybe the Amerks should consider not having their kisscam focus on the other team's bench as a way of denigrating their players by implying that they're gay
I feel that this issue is much simpler than that. I don't think it is a gay issue.
I think that it is a joke/entertainment that has the possibility of embarrassing people (players and fans alike) who do not not have a choice of whether they are a participant.
Nice work CV. I can't say I was personally offended by it but even if it only hurts one, it should go.
I honestly wasn't either. It's an eye-roll moment and what bothered me a hundred times more than the LGBT aspect was how dumb and unaware it makes the Amerks look coming on the heels of their YCP video.
But I'm 26, I live my own life, and it happens to be in one of the most LGBT friendly states (Washington) in the country. When I take up this cause, it's never about me because I'm in a powerful enough position that I can remove myself from situations I don't like. What I always have in mind is that 14 or 15 year old kid that doesn't have those freedoms, that has to go into a high school or a church or a hockey arena that might not be so welcoming. If I have a chance to at least start a conversation that might produce a safe or safer zone for someone, I'm going to take it.
Major props to Amerks PR guy, Rob Crean for taking my call, for taking ten minutes talking about it, and for making a change.