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Old 10 January 2019, 10:47 PM
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Icon105 Is It Time to Kiss This In-Arena Stunt Goodbye?

For more than three decades, kiss cams have been seen as a lighthearted, silly part of the sports fan experience. But in our current cultural environment, the gimmick raises questions about inclusiveness, pressure, and consent.




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Old 10 January 2019, 11:38 PM
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Kiss-cams raise all sorts of questions, really. I don't think it's a great thing to pressure strangers into PDAs.
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Old 10 January 2019, 11:46 PM
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I think it' time to retire the practice.

Adding my own $0.02 worth, it's been several years since I've attended a stick and ball sport at one of the local venues, so I have no idea if the local teams here still do this.

I do remember a baseball game at the old Metrodome a few years ago, where I witnessed an incident very similar to one described in the piece. The Kiss Kam settled on a couple, who didn't kiss. A few hands appeared, trying to shove the two faces together. It was clear (To me, at least,) that the woman involved wanted nothing to do with it, as she start shoving the hands away from her, to the sound of boos from the crowd.
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Old 11 January 2019, 12:08 AM
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Yeah, that right there is reason enough to get rid of it.
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Old 11 January 2019, 12:36 AM
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PC run amok if you ask me. Next thing you know, someone is going to tell me I can’t go around randomly grabbing women—and men (I’m not a total dinosaur)—kissing them, and then chucking them aside.

I’m a sailor, dammit. It’s not sexual assault, it's traditional!

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A decade later, Shprintzen says he doesn’t remember anything else about the game—not who won, not who pitched, not who made the best play.
That’s because baseball is boring. No one remembers. I went to a game once, couldn’t have been more than five because it was a Tigers home game and my family left Michigan when I was five, and all I remember is that it was a long ass walk getting from the parking lot to the stadium and I couldn’t tell what was going on from the cheap seats. But then that would have been 99.99% true even from the from front row. Baseball is boring.

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it's traditional!

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TRA-DIT-ION!
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A decade later, Shprintzen says he doesn’t remember anything else about the game—not who won, not who pitched, not who made the best play.
That’s because baseball is boring. No one remembers. I went to a game once, couldn’t have been more than five because it was a Tigers home game and my family left Michigan when I was five, and all I remember is that it was a long ass walk getting from the parking lot to the stadium and I couldn’t tell what was going on from the cheap seats. But then that would have been 99.99% true even from the from front row. Baseball is boring.
My elementary school took us on semi-annual trips to see the local AAA team. It's not much of an exaggeration to say the only things I remember are the entire school walking to the subway station and a rain delay. I've been back a few times as an adult, and while I do find the games entertaining now, it's still nowhere near as memorable as hockey or football.

On the main topic - I recently attended my first NWHL* game, which while it did have many NHL-style forms of in game entertainment, did not have a kiss cam. I can't say I noticed its absence until seeing this thread, nor do I feel slighted by its absence now.

* National Women's Hockey League.
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