Should We Ban the Kiss Kams?




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The kiss cam takes place during arena, stadium and court sporting events.  A ‘kiss cam’ camera scans the crowd, and selects a couple, their images being shown on the jumbotron screens in the arena. The couple are then invited to kiss one another, encouraged by the rest of the audience. A kiss is traditionally rewarded by cheers and whistles, whilst a refusal to kiss is booed.



For Ottawa mother Helen Dabney-Coyle however, she found the ‘kiss cam’ offensive and believes it to be inappropriate for children.

“I took my 16 year old to the arena to watch sports … not to teach him sex-ed,” said Dabney-Colye  said to CBC Radio.

“On the ride home after the game, all he wanted to talk about was kissing. ‘Kiss cams’ need to be taken away from sports.”

When I heard her last statement of: “If this goes on in Ottawa– what the heck is going to go on at a Leafs game?”–well  I fell on the floor laughing. To be honest I just laughed- if I fell on the floor I might not get up at this point in my life.

In January of 2016 the crowd went wild at a recent Kings-Leafs game in L.A., but it wasn’t for the on-ice action. When the infamous kiss cam landed on a gay couple and the pair locked lips, the Staples Centre crowd erupted in cheers. Is this what she was implying- or is there a perception issue with this woman?

Are we going too far too in banning anything that we don’t like?

Providing we don’t go over the top, we should all feel comfortable kissing our partner in public. Kisses are such an important part of a relationship as they allow us to keep our relationships intimate and shouldn’t be frowned upon.

Why is this news–walk down the street and it happens everyday.

You love who you love– and after all unexpected kisses are the best!

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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