During Wednesday night’s game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies, several members of a local college sorority were caught on camera taking selfies of themselves and each other. Many who have watched the video, from the MLB’s own in-game commentators to websites like 120 Sports, immediately poked fun at the young women for their apparent narcisism. But as Mic and others have pointed out, everyone in the ballpark was taking selfies that very moment. They were prompted to.
Sure, selfies are inherently selfish. It’s in the very name that we’ve given the social media-inspired act of taking a picture of oneself and posting it online for the world to see. But mocking these sorority girls for taking selfies during a promotion by T-Mobile to do just that is lame, especially when most of the mockery is creepily sexualized.
FOX Sports commentators Steve Berthiaume and Bob Brenly weren’t too bad, though it’s telling that one of them says: “You know the beauty of baseball is you can sit next to your neighbor and have a conversation. Or you can just completely ignore them.” Of course, his own conversation with his colleague consisted of one of two things: (1) making fun of the selfie-taking sorority girls, and (2) mildly making calls on the game for the viewers and listeners at home. Sounds like a great conversation, bro.
It was one of the 120 Sports co-host’s fascination with the women taking repeated selfies with “foot-long hot dogs,” however, that kinda sorta got gross. Even his colleagues didn’t really want to have anything to do with the conversation, despite his best efforts to keep the topic going for the minute that followed.
Mic dug deep into the nitty-gritty details of selfie hate, especially when directed against women by men. Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks’ official Twitter account coyly piped in on the conversation with a retweet of one of the tagged selfies posted during the game’s T-Mobile promotion.
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) October 1, 2015
Check out the clip above, via the MLB.
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