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Blue Jays pitcher Anthony Bass shares anti-LGBTQ post promoting boycotts of Bud Light and Target

Blue Jays pitcher Anthony Bass is under fire after he shared a social media post promoting the anti-LGBTQ campaigns to boycott Target and Bud Light over their Pride-themed partnerships and campaigns.

On Monday, Bass shared a reel to his Instagram story calling on Christians to stop buying from the U.S. companies — echoing campaigns fuelled by homophobic and transphobic sentiments of American political commentators and conservative politicians.

“Here’s the reason biblically why I believe Christians have got to be boycotting Target, Bud Light, and any other corporation that’s pushing the things they’re pushing,” the video says.

The original poster, “@dudewithgoodnews” continues to call the boycott a move against what is “evil” and “demonic,” and being shoved “into children’s faces.”

Bud Light, for its part, became the centre of controversy, particularly in the United States, after it partnered with trans TikTokker Dylan Mulvaney in early April. The backlash to the partnership was filled with hate and transphobia (Kid Rock notably posted a video of himself shooting cases of Bud Light), and saw two marketing executives take a leave of absence.

Social media users, however, are slamming Bass — and the Blue Jays — for his stance.

“Racism isn’t tolerated in locker rooms, and neither should non support of LGBTQ rights,” one Twitter user wrote. “If you can’t support your team mates, there’s the door — get out. Because I guarantee Bass has both team mates of colour and who fit in the LGBTQ community.”

Another user criticized Bass’s skill and added that “his value as a player is eliminated by his hateful POV.”

Someone else added that they were happy to see that Blue Jays fans weren’t keeping quiet about their distaste for the post.

“Proud to see many #BlueJays fans openly calling out Anthony Bass for sharing anti-LGBTQ+ propaganda on his social media,” they wrote. “This isn’t about freedom to practice religion, but that people shouldn’t feel free to openly promote and practice hate.”

Meanwhile, one Jays fan thought to channel her frustration into something more positive — donating to an organization that “promotes the health and well-being of LGBTQ2S+ people by helping to keep families together through Support and Education.”

“I donated $52 to Toronto PFLAG for Anthony Bass,” she wrote. “I encourage you to do similar. I chose PFLAG because they really helped some close family members of mine.”

The tweet has received hundreds of likes and received replies suggesting that other users followed her lead with donations.

Responding to a request for comment, the Blue Jays told the Star in a statement that “individual player sentiments are not representative of the club’s beliefs.

“The Blue Jays bring millions of fans together across Canada and are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming experience for all,” the statement reads. “The Blue Jays are proud to celebrate LGBTQ2S+ Pride Month, including a special fourth annual Pride Weekend at the ballpark June 9 and 10, and demonstrations of allyship all month long around the ballpark.”

The pitcher’s last faced controversy just a month ago, when he took to Twitter to voice his upset that a United Airlines flight attendant made his pregnant wife clean up popcorn spilled by one of their kids.

When asked on Twitter who he expected to clean up the mess, he responded, “The cleaning crew they hire!”

Many users responded by saying Bass displayed a sense of entitlement.

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