I recently went to my first WNBA game, the Washington Mystics at home against the LA Sparks. I kissed no one, and can’t say that anyone else around me did either, although I wasn’t paying that kind of attention because hey, I was there to watch a basketball game. It certainly didn’t occur to me while I did so that the sort of awkward (to me, anyway) practice of broadcasting couples of any gender configuration kissing in the stands was missing. They had talented children dancing and a kids’ rock band covering Zeppelin on the concourse. I had several friends to distract me, I rarely think to look up at that thing (ADD, what can I say?) and again, hey, basketball game?
Look, it’s girls rocking. Not kissing, so much, but this is what was happening outside the stands for awhile.
It turns out the lack of a so-called “kiss cam” at this and all Mystics’ games was, and is, on purpose. As managing partner Sheila Johnson is widely quoted this week, including in this post on OutSports.com, ” We got a lot of kids here. We just don’t find it appropriate.” This was the twin soundbite to point guard Lindsey Taylor’s statement that “We wouldn’t broadcast on our Jumbotron about abortion issues because of the religious and political conflicts it would cause. It’s a similar, sensitive subject. We don’t want to put anything out there to turn down certain fans.”
So analyzing this can get sticky fast,