Two queer men were featured on the kiss cam at a Sheffield Steelers hockey game in the UK on Saturday, as Teen Vogue reports. But instead of being a celebratory moment, the kiss became humiliating and, we expect, infuriating, for the two men when the sports announcer called it "disgusting."
When the camera turned to the two men, hockey announcer David Simms said, “That’s disgusting. Security, get rid of them,” according to The Gaily Grind.
"If the comments made upset or offended anybody then of course I apologise completely," he said in the video. "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 offence."
"Maybe I live in a different world," he said. "I can't really see the offence I have caused."
But Twitter is not taking his less-than-heartfelt apology. And, honestly, neither do we.
Whether or not he meant to be offensive is besides the point. The comment was offensive, and added to discrimination those two men have to deal with all the time. They were just a couple at a hockey game, taking part in a fun sporting tradition. But what was meant to be a sweet moment turned ugly because of Simms's comment. That's pretty damn homophobic.