Thought processes and conversations started under the tilted cap of Tropicana Field. Someday everyone will know the Rays play in St. Petersburg, Florida, not TAMPA, or the fictitious city of TAMPA BAY.
Why is it that people tend to look for thing to argue or find fault with today. Why is it politically correct now to be a complainer, or find fault with something that doesn’t fit neat and clean into their own sense of community acceptance today. Sure we all laugh hysterically at videos within the confines of our own home of people either hurting themselves or other people, but in public, we instantly show shock, dismay and give a stern look to those around us . When did we all get so PC bound that we lost our sense of humors?
It is as simple as that. Sure a high brow fish wrap like the Wall Street Journal is a “fan” of the Tampa Bay Rays D J Kitty, but they also have to push their own agenda of wondering if this degrades the franchise and admonishes all the good work principal owner Stuart Sternberg put into his baseball obsession. But then again, why is a financial publication even discussing a viral video produced by a baseball team that has no basis in fiscal or fainacial matters. Maybe we are turning the New York based Wall Street Journal from their Yankee moniker to the Rays? Yeah, I didn’t think so either, but it was worth a try.
The video was produced within the confines of a private residence for the amusement of Rays Republic fans. The originator of the video did a previously video of the piano-playing kitty, but since it did not go viral on Youtube, maybe PETA got a late start on the “Kitty-gate”. Is propping your own personal kitten up on a DJ Hero video game console unit cruel and unusual punishment, or just plain funny? How many of us have personally positioned our own pets in a certain way to do funny hand antics and maybe even doing a “Gangster” pose ?
If this was a completely illegal action, then a lot of us would be prosecuted and found guilty of bad judgment more than cruelty to our pets. People have been propping and positioning their animals long before we had video cameras or any video reproduction devices. We all find it “cute” and “Adorable” when people put their own kittens in clothes or even position them in a setting, but D J Kitty draws the attention of PETA? How is this Rays video phenom any different than the Los Angels Angels own Rally Monkey?
And we all know by now that DJ Kitty was manipulated and worked into a variety of poses and antics to simulate an actual antics of a club DJ complete with a crooked Rays cap and a Rays home white jersey. And I love the comment by PETA spokesperson Martin Mersereau who stated in the Wall Street Journal,
“I’ve seen far worse things. But I doubt that cat enjoyed being puppeteer. He doesn’t look happy to me.“
Guess we need to find ourselves a cat whisperer to find out if the feline is actually in deep need of therapy or possible a bigger portion of Kibbles & Bits for dinner. The video is used primarily for in-game entertainment and during the opposing team’s Pitching Coaches visit to the mound. It was produced to get the attention of the opposing team and break their concentration, not commit a PETA faux paux.
Next thing we know we are going to see the inventor of World of Warcraft sue the Rays for their small video of in-game figures talking and fighting during another Rays in-game video. The WoW video is not as popular as the DJ Kitty promos, but then again who can resist a back and white Tabby cat. And how informed is PETA if they make a statement like this from Mersereau:
“Baseball obviously needs cheerleaders-real ones. This might be an SOS.”
Really, cheerleaders? Well then Mr. Mersereau you are not at all familiar with the Rays dance troupe affectionately called the Rays Team? Getting back to reality here, the aspect and the promotion of the Rays D J Kitty was a great invention and proper by the Rays executive to promote his team and show support. I know who the owner of D J Kitty is, and respect the job he did and find no personal fault with his actions pertaining to the video or care of his prized feline.
Just like his animal friend the Rally Monkey, D J Kitty is all about promotion and support of his team. There is not intent to harm, deface or even ridicule the kitten in the video, and no action that should warrant more than a few long laughs and possible imitations in the stands of D J Kitty’s motions. Whether it is the “Jersey Shore” first pump” or even your own arms swaying from side-to-side in unison with the music, D J Kitty was developed for the entertainment and enjoyment of the Rays fans.
Political correctness has run amuck in so many other aspects of our lives that we should have a place like the ballpark where our raw emotions can sometimes rule the day more than an active P C thought processes. D J Kitty is all about fun and laughter and not about oppression or manipulation at all. He is showing support for his Rays and not admonishing anything or anyone. But for some reason, PC has snuck into his own feline life.
Humor is becoming a lost art in this era of PC moments. But things like D J Kitty, “America’s Funniest Videos” and the baseball bloopers we view during every Major League Baseball game have all of us laughing….even that woman in the PETA T-shirt.
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