(HorizonPost.com) – Toronto baseball star Anthony Bass has apologized for supporting the boycotts of Target and Bud Light. He initially shared a video on his Instagram account joining in the condemnation of the two brands, only to record a video later saying he’d made a mistake.
“I’ll make this quick. I recognize yesterday that I made a post that was hurtful to the Pride community, which includes friends of mine and close family members of mine, and I am truly sorry for that,” he said.
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Schneider said Bass had also apologized to him and the team and would “educate himself” to make sure he understands his error.
A statement from the team said it would seek to provide an “inclusive” environment in the future. The statement prompted criticism on social media with some saying it was “idiotic” to force a player to apologize for stating his beliefs.
The Blue Jays are hosting an event in June to celebrate Pride Month. The team’s management condemned the video shared by Bass which featured a Christian named Ryan Miller arguing that Target and Bud Light were “pushing the message of transitioning on to young people.”
Target has been subject to a boycott since it launched a Pride display at its stores. Among the products available for sale was a “tuck-friendly” swimming costume aimed at women. A “tuck-friendly” garment is intended to accommodate male genitalia so that a male wearer can appear as female. The Pride display also included t-shirts, aimed at children, emblazoned with slogans including the word “Queer,” which were designed by a British Satanist. The company’s value has dropped by billions of dollars.
Sales of Bud Light fell by over 25% in the weeks following its decision to contract with online trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney. The TikTok star gained millions of followers when he documented his “journey to girlhood” online. Nike faced a similar boycott for using Mulvaney to sell women’s sports gear, including bras.
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