Atlanta Braves fans don’t respond well to GLAAD Spirit Day Facebook Post

Oct 3, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; An Atlanta Braves fan cheers during game one of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Turner Field. The Dodgers won 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

In honor of GLAAD Spirit Day, Major League Baseball teams joined the fight against bullying of LGBT youth by sending out messages on social media. Unfortunately, there were some insensitive people that decided to voice their opinions and it really was noticeable on the Atlanta Braves Facebook page.

Numerous fans said that they would boycott the team or simply made ignorant remarks against the fight to stop bullying, and it is really troubling to see the lack of acceptance that remains in the nation today.

Here is how the responses to the Braves Facebook post came in, via Deadspin.com:

It is always disheartening to see a lack of progression from people in today’s world, but it is the harsh reality that there is still so far to go.

Hopefully, one day, we can just appreciate people for who they are and not worry about their lifestyle choices and avoid making the American population look like a bunch of blubbering idiots.

Topics: Atlanta Braves

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  • Nathan Kearns

    It is almost baffling to see real-life adults refer to the topic of “anti-bullying” as political…

    Highly doubtful they would be saying the same for any other minority, under-represented population… although, it wouldn’t necessarily surprise me.

    #Sad

  • Nathaniel Howard

    Jesus loves gay people. Jesus is anti-bullying. Jesus wants to save those kids from an oppressive lifestyle. As one who made one of the above listed comments, I am extremely offended to be labeled as bigoted and backwards. I am ashamed of the hateful remarks made by fellow Christians, but it seems they have been used as a poster child for Christianity. True Christians love homosexuals and encourage them to find a relationship with Christ so that he can release them from the bondage of their sin. Shame on GLAAD for encouraging abnormal behavior, and shame on the Braves for supporting them, shame on y’all for calling me hateful, shame on the people who bully those kids, and shame on the people who make hateful comments about those living in sin. We all need Jesus as much as the next person. I love y’all, Jesus loves y’all, and I pray you realize that one day. God Bless

    • Gaz Wkd

      The only abnormal behaviour are the idiots who follow some book written thousands of years ago by men (yes not ‘god, but men) I believe the bible mentions slavery is good, people shouldn’t eat shellfish or wear mixed fabrics.. are those rules adhered to?

      • Stacey Smith

        2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in rightousness. At the time the bible was written, slavery was prevalent. But you will not find any scripture in the bible that says slavery is good. As far as calling christians idiots for believing in the word of God as “abnormal behavior”, I guess you will find out on Judgement Day whether or not it was abnormal or not. Take Care.

        • Gaz Wkd

          The only people who will judge myself and my life are my friends and family not some fictional made up being.
          All scripture is written by men (all men have their own agendas) they may say the inspiration has come from some fictional being but it is still written by men.

  • Aaron Somers

    The saddest part here is that there have been similar reactions by fan bases elsewhere. This isn’t unique to Atlanta.

  • Anna Leary

    You missed capturing the one comment of the guy who said, “Those kids deserve to be bullied because they need to learn that their lifestyle is an abomination to God and God punishes and allows hurt in the lives of those he hates.” That was a really classy one, obviously. And Nathaniel, I appreciate your prayers and your sentiments. However, being gay isn’t an oppressive lifestyle. We don’t have any bondage from which we need to be released. I have an amazing relationship with Christ and not once have I been convicted of my “abnormal” behavior.

    • Stacey Smith

      The person that made that ignorant statement forgot the biblical scriptures that say “love your neighbor as yourself” and “God is no respecter of persons” (he shows no partiality or favoritism), God loves everyone, he does not discriminate. “let the one who has not sinned cast the first stone”. “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Jesus came to save people, not condemn them. There are certain people in this world who look at the spec of sawdust in someone else’s eye and forget about the plank in their own eye. etc., etc.

  • http://www.bible-tech.com/ Justin A

    I don’t get why mlb needs to talk about this, or anything other than baseball… not saying it’s bad, just that I don’t see the purpose. Car dealerships don’t do this, McDonald’s doesn’t either, and they are businesses too.

    • Grey Fire

      Chick-Fil-A does. Waffle House does. NFL promotes breast cancer awareness.
      Also, I would argue that car dealerships and fast food chains don’t hold the same social importance as sports does. Therefore, I think that sports organizations are slowly coming to the understanding that with the power and influence they hold, there is an obligation to set a better example.

  • Grey Fire

    As disheartening as this is, please check out the actual comments on the post (on the FB page). There are 10x more statements of encouragement, appreciation, and humanity than there are of this intolerance and bigotry.

  • Nathan

    I’m a Braves fan. And I’m very sorry for these fans reactions. unacceptable.

  • Van

    Being Gay is NOT a choice.. It is a cross up in ones genes. Other animals also have ‘Gays’ in there species.
    These uneducated mouthing off here will not be missed at the Ted. For the most part they are the drunks that spoil a night out to watch and see a great ballgame.

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