The Boston Blazers lacrosse team of the National Lacrosse League is dealing with seething fans and an angry community.
Why? Because it was someone's brilliant idea to have a halftime show that promoted lap dancing. That's right, women were supposed to give their mascot a lap dance, and people were expected to cheer.
The New York Daily News writes, "The halftime bit at Boston's TD Garden on Saturday night featured scantily clad dancers competing to see who could give the Blazers' mascot, Scorch, the best lap dance, while the not-so-family-friendly rap song 'Low' blasted through the stadium."
This is all fine and dandy if this was a college fraternity house, but it was a public arena, and the lap dances were done in front of a stadium full of families. Families that included young children!
No wonder this stunt has attracted a lot of controversy.
Soon after the team realized they offended members of their loyal fanbase, Blazers President and GM Doug Reffue posted an apology on Facebook.
"The Boston Blazers halftime act for Saturday's game was clearly not executed according to plan. We are extremely disappointed with elements of the halftime show," Reffue wrote. "We had intended to provide an entertaining and fun halftime environment for our fans and that is not what transpired. The Boston Blazers organization values our fans and have taken their feedback very seriously."
There's really no excuse for that halftime show, whether or not they thought it would be entertaining. People came to the game to enjoy lacrosse, not lap dancing.
According to the YouTube video's poster (Bowl4Ever): "The Boston Blazers' (lacrosse) home opener was tonight, and I caught this on video of a part of the halftime show. This has quickly picked up on controversy, especially since a lot of children, as young as four, were in the audience. Yes, they are LAPDANCING THE MASCOT..."