DeSantis (and other haters) claimed Dodgers stadium was 'virtually empty' after Pride backlash, but the game actually had higher attendance than normal
neoplacebo wrote: ↑
Wed May 24, 2023 7:27 am
That "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence" sounds like something I could really get behind, not least due to my extensive experience in their chosen field of perpetual indulgence.
Desperate bigots lie, a lot. Then, the cowards run shrieking away when their lies are busted.
... "We have asked the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to take their place on the field at our 10th annual LGBTQ+ Pride Night on June 16th," the team said in its re-invitation statement shared on Twitter. "We are pleased to share that they have agreed to receive the gratitude of our collective communities for the lifesaving work that they have done tirelessly for decades."
While the satirical group was given a community activism award at Dodgers stadium on Friday, religious groups protested outside the stadium and briefly shut down the main entrance, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who recently launched his 2024 presidential bid, tweeted in support of the protesters and claimed the stadium was "virtually empty." Some conservatives circulated photos and videos, which were reportedly taken before the opening pitch, of a near-empty stadium.
"The virtually empty stadium for the game itself was a powerful image," DeSantis said in his tweet. "Americans are fed up with the nonsense and are fighting back."
In reality, Friday's game surpassed the team's average attendance of 47,800 people, according to Forbes.
"Our paid attendance on Friday night was 49,074," Joe Jareck, senior director of public relations for the Dodgers, told Insider in a comment....
Fwiw, 47,800 is well more than the cumulative
average attendance for the Tampa Bay Rays (17,186) and Miami Marlins (11,568). They are #27 and #29 in MLB. The LA Dodgers are #1. Bazinga.
I blame gullible and stupid Fascist DerSantis, and that has a lot more credibility than his blaming of L.A. gays and allies. Only the train wreck Oakland A's (9,292) are worse than Miami. Ouch.
Ftr, San Diego (39,607) is a strong #4.
The Chicago Cubs (32,939) are a respectable #10.
Baltimore (20,403) is a lame #21.
The Chicago White Sox (19,347) are an anemic #23.