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Yankee Stadium’s Bleacher Creatures agree to put a halt to homophobic chant

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Fans in the right-field bleachers reach out for New York Yankees’ Nick Swisher’s home run off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


Score one for the eradication of discrimination. At baseball stadiums, at least.

According to Flip Bondy of the New York Daily News, several key members of Yankee Stadium’s Bleacher Creatures have agreed to put a halt to a cheer that for years has involved a homophobic slur.

During the middle innings of games at Yankee Stadium, a large section of folks in the right field stands would yell “Why are you gay?” at opposing fans during the playing of The Village People’s famous “YMCA” anthem.

Apparently that won’t be happening anymore.

“It’s all done,” a long-time Creature told the Daily News. “All of it. We’re going clean. We didn’t like the way the Bleacher Creatures were being looked at. That’s not us.”

It might seem like an innocent chant, and probably is mostly innocent, but it’s not fair that some paying fans are made to feel uncomfortable or left out in any way at a baseball stadium. Or outside of a baseball stadium. Or while watching a baseball game. Plus, the Bleacher Creatures take pride in their creativity and calling a supporter of an opposing team “gay” is about as uncreative as it gets.