Toronto Blue Jays' Anthony Bass aligns with anti-LGBTQ boycotts directed at Bud Light and Target
In a post to his Instagram story on Monday, Bass shared a video which gave what it claimed was a "biblical reason" why Christians should boycott the companies. Both Target and Bud Light have been at the center of intense controversy recently due to their public support of LGBTQ rights.
The video Bass shared argued that these corporations "are pushing things they shouldn't be pushing" and suggested that it's not just a political issue but one based on Biblical principles. This sparked an immediate reaction from both LGBTQ supporters and detractors alike, with Bass becoming embroiled in yet another social media firestorm.
Target faced backlash from conservative outlets for selling Pride-themed products, while Bud Light has also been heavily criticized for its partnership with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney.
The Toronto Blue Jays released a statement regarding Bass' actions saying that individual player sentiments are not representative of the team's beliefs and further reaffirming their commitment to providing an inclusive and welcoming experience for all fans.
In June, Rogers Centre – the Blue Jays' home stadium – will be at the forefront of Toronto's Pride Month festivities when they host their fourth annual Pride Weekend during the Minnesota Twins visit on June 9th and 10th.
During this event, thousands of LGBTQ supporters look forward to gathering together in solidarity and showing love regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.
Anthony Bass may have endorsed anti-LGBTQ boycotts this week but ultimately, his comments do not reflect those of his team or organization, which is committed to creating an open environment where everyone feels welcome regardless of who they are or whom they love.
Source: Yahoo Sports