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Kansas City Royals Whiff with Pride Night

June 23, 2023

Another Major League Baseball team is siding with the LGBT mob over its fans. Last week, the Kansas City Royals followed in the footsteps of the Los Angeles Dodgers and hosted a Pride Night, replete with a drag queen performance. While the Dodgers hosted an anti-Catholic drag troupe who mockingly refer to themselves as the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” and pole dance atop crucifixes, the Royals hosted a drag troupe from Hamburger Mary’s, a diner chain that frequently features drag events.

The Dodgers faced significant backlash after doubling down on their commitment to give the anti-Catholic drag performers a “Community Hero” award, but the Royals didn’t learn from that lesson. Thousands protested the Dodgers Pride Night game, and precious few attended the award ceremony. When the drag performers were honored booing was audible.

While the Royals didn’t face quite the same degree of backlash as the Dodgers, they were still widely criticized for caving to the LGBT mob and hosting a drag show. The team even handed out Pride flags and had special Pride-themed tickets on sale for the night.

Since the Missouri state legislature has introduced a bill to ban drag performances for minors, there has been some speculation as to whether last week’s Pride Night was potentially illegal. While the legal logistics are still up in the air, Joseph Backholm, Family Research Council’s Senior Fellow for Biblical Worldview and Strategic Engagement, told The Washington Stand:

“I don’t think our strongest argument is to say it’s illegal. It is depraved, culturally degrading, and destroys the innocence of children to have men dressed as women dancing sexually in public. The more that happens, the worse we are as a culture and if children come to see that as normal they have been harmed in the process.”

Almost as disturbing is the dedication of MLB teams to the LGBT agenda, come proverbial hell or high water. Target lost about $15 billion while shilling for Pride Month, Anheuser-Busch lost at least $27 billion after making transgender -identifying Dylan Mulvaney the face of Bud Light, and the Dodgers faced high-profile backlash.

It wasn’t just Catholic bishops who were critical of the Dodgers’ Pride night plans. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) publicly lashed out at the team, too, calling the Dodgers’ honorees a “hate group.” Conservative groups like CatholicVote and the Catholic Accountability Project vowed to continue making the Dodgers’ management regret their decision, with the director of the latter saying, “We are just getting started.”

Yet having seen major corporations suffer significant losses and a fellow MLB team face backlash from bishops, fans, and at least one U.S. senator, the Royals still decided to host their drag-themed Pride Night. This trend is becoming more and more common as corporations and investors prioritize ideology even over profits. For example, Target removed some Pride merchandise from its stores, but those stores were predominantly located in rural, demographically-conservative areas. Stores in more left-leaning locales didn’t touch their Pride displays. Cracker Barrel is also facing calls for a boycott, after sporting Pride-themed rocking chairs, but hasn’t backed down. Lego, North Face, Kohl’s, and others are also facing boycotts for pushing Pride a little too much.

Profits don’t seem to matter to these corporations, only the LGBT ideology. Mega corporations have opted to put their money where their mouths are, defending the LGBT agenda to the very last.

S.A. McCarthy serves as a news writer at The Washington Stand.