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NFL Fan Asks Team to End Kiss Cam Joke
The Kiss Cam is at almost every stadium in sports, but one fan says his favorite team should end the popular gag.
If you've ever seen Kiss Cam, you know how it works: shots of men sitting next to women, hoping they'll see each other on the jumbotron and lock lips. A lot of times, there's a gag that follows with a pair of players from the opposing team on the bench. Now, a Jacksonville Jaguars fan that joke isn't funny and he wants his team to quit.
Dave Uible told Yahoo! sports "I think I saw it, maybe two years ago. Then I saw it this year. The thing is they have this section at Jags games for honorable kids. Some are definitely going to be gay. It gives a negative angle. I just don't think it's necessary. It just seems out of place to me."
Uible said he wrote the Jaguars owner Shad Khan a letter Monday after a reading a story in the New York Times about how the NFL has handled gay rights issues. Uible sent this letter to Khan and cc'd the NFL:
"I am gay and I have a lot of gay and lesbian friends who are proud Jaguar season ticket holders. I'm not sure you are aware, but there is a video 'joke' called the Kiss Cam that plays at the games. Often, the bit goes like this: after showing several happy heterosexual couples kissing in the stands, the camera then pans to two opposing male players who are in close proximity and leaning toward each other – insinuating that they may do the exact same (and ostensibly wrong) thing and kiss. Hilarious, right? No, and the message is clear. Jaguars are heterosexual and approved. The opponent is 'gay,' disapproved and the butt of a crude joke. Really, why is this even at an NFL game?"
Team spokesman Dan Edwards told Yahoo! sports "We did receive this letter, but we don't comment on letters that we receive."
Uible does not want Kiss Cam to end, just the "not-so-subtle homophobic joke". He said he holds no resentment against the owner of the Jags. He said he wrote the letter because he thought Khan would take action.
"I just felt that Mr. Khan was new," Uible said, "and he would do something about it."
Posted: Wednesday, March 20 2013, 08:24 AM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Education board to consider waivers for Moore
May 23, 2013 01:15 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma State Board of Education is expected to consider waivers for public schools in the tornado-ravaged community of Moore.
The State Board of Education meets Thursday in Oklahoma City. It's slated to consider waivers for Moore Public Schools relating to instructional days and filing deadlines for certain reports.
The Central Oklahoma chapter of the American Red Cross is also expected to attend the meeting to discuss storing donated supplies after a monstrous tornado hit Moore Monday and killed 24 people, including 10 children.
Seven of the children were pulled from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore.
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