On Monday, Major League Baseball issued a new Anti-Hazing and Anti-Bullying Policy that now prohibits players from dressing rookies up like women because it is considered offensive in these politically correct times.
The Associated Press obtained a copy of the policy which states players are prohibited from "requiring, coercing or encouraging [their teammates] dressing up as women or wearing costumes that may be offensive to individuals based on their race, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or other characteristic."
The new rules which will begin next season were created “in light of social media, which in our view sort of unfortunately publicized a lot of the dressing up of the players ... those kind of things which in our view were insensitive and potentially offensive to a number of groups,” said MLB Vice President Paul Misfud.
Over the years and in good fun, rookies have been dressed as Disney princesses, pop stars (Lady Gaga), ballet dancers, Wonder Woman, and even Hooters waitresses. But doing so is akin to wearing black face, Misfud said:
"Although it hasn't happened, you could sort of see how like someone might even dress up in black face and say, `Oh, no, we were just dressing up.’ We've also understood that a number of players have complained about it."
"Times have changed,” said Dave Prouty, MLB’s union general counsel. “There is certain conduct that we have to be conscious of.”
Going forward, veteran players will have to settle for dressing the rookies up as male characters such as Batman or Spider-Man instead of making them wear Dorothy’s ruby-red slippers or dressing them like the A League of Their Own movie characters:
Most of the players who have been hazed say they felt like “one of the guys” when it was their turn and consider it a bonding ritual. Few have actually resisted the light-hearted if only slightly humiliating practice.
The last word goes to @CounterMoonbat who made this relevant association on Twitter: