San Francisco Giants fan Sean Chapin began an online petition urging the team to film an “It Gets Better” video against anti-gay bullying. At last check, the petition had over 6,500 signatures, enough to convince the Giants to make a video in support of the movement.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter said that the team had been thinking of joining the campaign before Chapin started his petition drive, but that his efforts speeded things up.” The team had initially planned to produce a video for the Giants LGBT night but they’ve decided to get the video done sooner rather than later.
Part of the reason Chapin has pushed the Giants to take a stand is what’s transpired in the sports world between the anti-gay remarks by Kobe Bryant and Roger McDowell. Chapin might be missing that a Phoenix Suns exec just came out on Sunday, and that a former Villanova basketball player did the same thing on Monday. Oh yeah, there’s also hockey player Sean Avery who filmed a pro gay marriage video, and Jared Dudley and Grant Hill who made a Think Before you Speak video. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing for the Giants to support the cause, I’m just saying there are more people in the sports world supporting gays than Chapin might think.
When you think about it, the Giants are the perfect team to publicly support such a movement. This is the same team that just filmed a hilarious commercial, they’ve appeared in viral videos, and they have their own reality show. There probably isn’t a better fit than the San Francisco Giants for a video like this.
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