An EIHL Executive/PA Announcer Made A Homophobic Joke During A Potentially Gay Encounter On The 'Kiss Cam'
PuckDaddy- David Simms is an executive for the Sheffield Steelers for the Elite Ice Hockey League in the U.K., and also the team’s PA announcer. At a game last Saturday, they fired up the kiss-cam — which, as an arena gimmick, is more trouble than it’s worth — and the camera panned by two men kissing. (Simms claims it was “two lads joking around.”)
Simms said the following:
“That’s disgusting! Security, get rid of them!”
Simms was roasted for this homophobic comment by fans in England and around the world. A fan petition was started asking for “acceptable action” to be taken over the incident.
Wait, who are these people signing a petition to get this PA announcer disciplined for seamlessly working some topical stand-up comedy into his routine? Do they not get the joke? Is their sense of humor too underdeveloped to understand that it's clearly sarcasm? David Simms doesn't really think all gays are gross. He just thinks it's hilarious to haphazardly say so into a live microphone as soon as he's made aware of their presence. He's not actually so offended by PDA's between homosexuals that he wants the people who commit such heinous acts tarred and feathered upon their swift removal from public institutions, but now that I've mentioned it he probably wishes that he incorporated some run-of-the-mill torture to give his "punchline" a little more shock value!
It's a real shame that people are so quick to judge when a guy that is paid to relate to a diverse attending audience immediately responds to two dudes readying themselves for a pretend smooch by instinctively blurting out the word "disgusting". I can't believe the general public besmirched the impeccable comedic timing necessary to treat homosexuality as a laughing matter during the first week of 'Hockey Is For Everyone' month. I know the all-too-clever one-liner was used at the expense of those of an alternative lifestyle during a time of year in which hockey is most open about celebrating and encouraging the existence of alternative lifestyles. Still, those that are treating the feelings of people who are historically marginalized in sport like they are more important than getting these jokes off are a bunch of libtard snowflakes if ya ask me!
I'm almost glad that (judging by the following list of quotables that could best be described as "insincerity ad nauseam") he chose only to apologize for having to apologize instead of legitimately saying sorry and taking any actual ownership of the error of his antiquated ways. After all, other than ignoring literally every social cue that was presented to him and poo-pooing the modern state of equal rights and society at large, what did he even do wrong?
"If the comments made upset or offended anybody then of course I apologise completely."
"It was a fun moment on the kiss-cam, we were flicking between different couples, we were trying to trying to win (offer) tickets for the final of the Challenge Cup...and then the comment came out "Oh, Security, remove them immediately". Which again I apologised for if people take offense."
"Maybe I live in a different world, I can't really see the offence I have caused."
"But if people have been offended...people who know me know I don't like to offend. And I am truly sorry if I did do."
"You don't want the aftermath that follows. It is uncomfortable, you don't like it and I am sorry it was taken out of the context that it was meant."
"I perhaps live in a different world to a lot of people. Unfortunately the world has moved on to a place that either I haven't realised it's got to or I am comfortable with."