On Saturday, the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus was invited to sing the national anthem for the San Diego Padres game. However, when the music began, a woman’s voice was blasted on the loud speakers singing the Star Spangled Banner loudly. Not only were the 100 chorus members deprived of the opportunity to sing, they were escorted off the field while heckled by homophobic fans who shouted things like “You sing like a girl!”
Bob Lehman, the executive director of the chorus, said: “What should have been a night of joy and celebration at Petco Park last night instead turned into a nightmare, raising serious questions about homophobia within the San Diego Padres organization and its relationship with the LGBT community.”
DJ Artform, the one responsible for the mistake, issued an explanation and apology.
He claims his immediate boss was unable to supervise because he was involved in an accident, and DJ Artform was new to this job and just made a mistake.
He said it was: “One of the worst nights of my life, and everybody else involved unfortunately. I failed to upload the correct anthem for the gay men’s choir and I went to the first thing I had which was from the prerecording from the night before and unfortunately obviously that was a solo female artist for the anthem and it didn’t fit to the programming of the day.”
Artform continued the explanation. “In a moment of panic I went to the first thing I saw that said anthem and unfortunately the female vocal artist is what played over the PA system and it was an extremely embarrassing moment…Those are my mistakes and I own up to them. I hold myself accountable.//My stomach was in knots. I should have intervened. I should have turned it down. There’s a lot of ‘coulda woulda shouldas ‘that we could have done to avoid the incident…my heart was racing. Every second was an hour.”
The DJ was fired after the event and a hate crime investigation was launched.
Artform also posted his regrets on his personal Facebook page:
“My deepest apologies and sincere regret toward the entire San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus & the LGBT community for the incident that occurred during the National Anthem. It was a very unfortunate mistake but it was just that, an error. I in no way, shape or form directed any type of hate, bad intent or discrimination towards the Chorus or anyone involved. The incident was not a representation of myself, San Diego & it’s amazing Baseball fans…As a former high school and college baseball player, I understand the importance of ensuring equality for all in sports and am appalled by some of the negative, homophobic comments made by fans related to the National Anthem incident. I have reached out to LGBT leaders in San Diego and am currently in discussion regarding a meeting with the Chorus and LGBT leaders personally in order to be as constructive as possible about the error. I’ve let down my City, my family & everyone who had faith in me. Once again, I’m truly sorry for this entire ordeal.”
So, what do you all think? Was it an honest mistake or is DJ Artform backpedaling?