Protestors, Drag Queens, and Baseball: The Controversy at Dodger Stadium

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 06/18/2023
The Los Angeles Dodgers faced protests for honouring drag queens dressed as "nuns," but the eventual award event was only moderately attended. The Los Angeles chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence received the Community Hero Award in front of a small audience at Dodger Stadium, according to a video shared online. 

An estimated tens of thousands of people gathered outside the stadium for a "prayerful procession" and rally put on by Catholics for Catholics, which featured a number of well-known Catholic speakers, including Bishop Joseph Strickland of the diocese of Tyler, Texas.

GREAT SUCCESS! The prayer rally has officially ended. 5K plus strong! Catholics for Catholics, who assisted in organizing the parade, tweeted, "Massive outpouring!" The event, which was described as a parade rather than a protest, reportedly attracted "thousands," according to local news stations in Los Angeles.

The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights said that although the stadium was packed for the evening game against the San Francisco Giants, some supporters were sporting rainbow jerseys in honour of the team's Pride Night.
"I'm glad to report that our efforts were successful. When the "Sisters" won their prize, hardly nobody was present in the audience. The few people there booed, according to league president Bill Donohoe. This win is delicious.
He said that fewer spectators—49,074—than the 52,505 attendees of last year's Pride Night event came to the game. This year, 50,592 people have attended a Friday night game on average.
Mr. Donohoe likened the demonstration to the criticism of Anheuser-Busch and Target Corporation for their pro-transgender advertising.
According to Mr. Donohoe, "What happened on June 16 is a cultural milestone." "The Dodgers—and Major League Baseball in general—found out that the elites do not have the last say, just like Bud Light, Target, and other established corporations that have anchored with extremists. The populace does. Bigotry and impure behaviour lost in the end.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a self-described "order of lesbian and trans nuns," have been accused of making fun of Catholics. The Dodgers tweeted pictures from Pride Night at the stadium, including one of the pitching mound being adorned.
The Dodgers tweeted, "Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Night at Dodger Stadium presented by Blue Shield of California."
The crew applauded the drag queen ensemble for its community work, which includes collecting money for LGBTQ causes and organizations.

After inviting the SPI to the stadium to accept the award, then excluding them, then inviting them back, the Dodgers found themselves in a sticky situation with Catholic organizations and LGBTQ campaigners.

Republicans in Congress applauded the resounding display of resistance to the group renowned for its raunchy parodies of Catholic ceremonies and symbols. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, objected when the team introduced drag queens Sister Unity and Sister Dominia, who collected the trophy on the team's behalf. By having its PA announcer welcome two members of this hate organization masquerading as nuns as "sisters," the Dodgers "didn't merely honour an anti-Christian group; they collaborated in the ridiculing of the Catholic faith," Mr. Rubio said in a tweet.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Sister Unity claimed following the event that going to the ceremony, which was conducted an hour before the game due of safety concerns, was a "moral obligation."

Sister Unity told journalist Bill Plaschke, "The stands were more empty than occupied, but the ambiance was warm and pleasant. "It's L.A. at its finest," someone exclaimed, "people are cheerful, people are kind, the sun is shining, the grass is green, and now we have baseball and hot dogs."

Before Friday's game, a coalition of significant LGBTQ organizations, led by GLAAD, issued a statement congratulating the Dodgers and expressing support for the SPI, which was established in 1979 in San Francisco.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are among the organizations the Dodgers will honour on their Pride Night, and the statement claimed they "belong in the Dodgers' stadium and are deserving of recognition."

In response to criticism from many MLB players, including pitcher Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers last month declared that they will reinstate Christian Faith and Family Day.

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