You’d think this kind of conduct would be below the Yankees, who play in an diverse city and don’t tolerate discrimination.
The incident took place in Charleston, S.C., home to the Yankees’ Class A minor league team, The Charleston RiverDogs.
A number of Yankees players, including Alex Rodriguez, have played for the RiverDogs after being injured.
The event was tagged “Disco Demolition 2: You Better Belieb It,” and it worked this way: Fans were encouraged to exchange Cyrus and Bieber records posters and other items for discounted admission tickets.
Then, the collected memorabilia was blown up on the field after the game Saturday night (July 19).
If the event sounds familiar, that’s because it was based on the infamous Disco Demolition night in July 1979 at Comiskey Park in Chicago, where the major league White Sox play.
Fans brought disco records to the stadium and they were also blown up between games of a double header. The scene got so ugly, the White Sox were forced to forfeit the second game, according to the minor league team’s Web site.
“Like so many, we have taken special exception to Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus’s music along with his numerous run-ins with the law and her controversial performances, ‘Disco Demolition 2’ is dedicated to the eradication of their dread musical disease,” said RiverDogs General Manager Dave Echols on the site.
“It is all in good fun, and we guarantee there won’t be a forfeit of a game,” he added.
Except it isn’t “good fun.”
Say what you will about Cyrus and Bieber, this kind of event recalls the worst periods of human behavior, involving religious and racial intolerance, bigotry or Nazi persecution.
They had one thing in common, book burnings and mass demonstrations against ideas and beliefs that were branded a “disease.”
Fortunately, in this country, we have something called the First Amendment that protects free speech. These events are far from “good fun;” they are an assault on our Constitution.
It’s hard to believe the New York Yankees organization would tolerate an event like this at any level. We have calls out to the Yankee front office seeking comment.
At the very least the Yankees owe Bieber and Cyrus and apology. Check out the video below, let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow TheImproper on Twitter for the latest celebrity news.