The Bleacher Creatures say they will no longer chant homophobic remarks from the rafters of Yankee Stadium after a YouTube video reveals their antics.You have been singing the song for more than ten years. That is you.
The Yankees and representatives of the Bleacher Creatures have come to an agreement to end a long and unfortunate tradition: the taunting of visiting fans in the right-field stands with the lyrics, "Why are you gay?" sung to the "YMCA" song played between innings in mid-game.
A YouTube video filmed by a fan went viral recently, showing Yankee fans in the bleachers serenading a visiting fan with the song, while photos were superimposed in the film of young gay adults and teens who had committed suicide. The Yankees were understandably upset with the homophobic chants and the images associated with them.
After a meeting on the subject, several core Creatures agreed to police their own area and put an end to the tradition, which had upset many fans.
"It's all done," said one long-time Creature, who had never participated in the ritual. "All of it. We're going clean. We didn't like the way the Bleacher Creatures were being looked at. That's not us."
In less than 10 minutes, I found eight different videos of the song: Late 1990s, Summer 2006 (this one, which has been on YouTube for four years, is particularly menacing), two from May 2007, July 20, 2007, July 3, 2008, May 18, 2009, and October 7, 2009.
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