Many Americans have called for and engaged in boycotts against brands including Bud Light and Target based on their controversial efforts to cater to the LGBT community.
Some of the posts supporting the adverse action against the companies came from prominent figures — and in the case of MLB player Anthony Bass, it led to direct backlash from his team.
After sharing a post encouraging Christians to stand up against companies pushing the LGBT agenda with marketing campaigns, Anthony Bass apparently succumbed to pressure from the Toronto Blue Jays to disavow his stated position.
In a groveling statement pleading for the forgiveness of his teammates and “the pride community,” the pitcher went on to indicate that he will be undergoing some form of re-education therapy.
“I just spoke with my teammates and shared with them my actions yesterday,” he said. “I apologized (to) them and, as of right now, I am using the Blue Jays’ resources to better educate myself to make better decisions moving forward. The ballpark is for everybody. We include all fans at the ballpark and we want to welcome everybody.”
Reports indicate the video Bass initially shared made the case for Christians to boycott “Target, Bud Light, and any other corporation that’s pushing the things they’re pushing,” calling it “evil” and “demonic.”
Target and other retailers have already begun amping up their LGBT messaging ahead of “Pride Month,” and the Blue Jays weighed in with a similarly affirming message in light of the controversy surrounding Bass.
“The Blue Jays are proud to celebrate LGBTQ2S+ Pride Month, including a special fourth annual Pride Weekend at the ballpark June 9 and 10, and demonstrations of allyship all month long around the ballpark,” the team stated. “Individual player sentiments are not representative of the club’s beliefs.”
While Bass’ statement was clearly meant to appease the indignant and perpetually offended critics who prompted it, many figures on the right were quick to call him out for participating in the clearly coerced display of contrition.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) May 30, 2023
Conservative writer and podcaster Matt Walsh concluded: “We are surrounded by cowards.”