Sirbrina Guerrero, a contestant on Tila Tequila’s “A Shot At Love” MTV reality show, was told by an usher at a Seattle Mariners game to stop smooching. Guerrero was at Safeco Park with her date when an usher approached them and told them to stop showing affection because it was making another fan feel uncomfortable. This incident has created quite a debate over PDA in Seattle, a generally gay-friendly city.
The Mariners were playing the Red Sox when the couple received the complaint during the third inning. A parent nearby explained to the usher that she didn’t want to have to explain the situation to her children. The woman felt that there were too many kids in the crowd to have to explain why two women were kissing.
Guerrero feels angered by the situation because heterosexual couples a few rows below them were making out during the game and she just wanted to be able to show some affection. Mariners spokespeople say the complaints were of groping, which is not tolerated if making others uncomfortable. This is measured by what a “reasonable” person would find inappropriate. Guerrero and her date said they were only sharing food and brief kisses.
This may start a “kiss-in” to protest against the Mariners, suggested by sex columnist Dan Savage. This is a move towards eliminating homophobia in sports and activists want to put a stop to the double standard.