VIDEO â€“Â Invited by the Padres to Perform, San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus Embarrassed Instead
The Padres invited theÂ San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus to sing the national anthem at Petco Park Saturday night, but as the group stood on the field about the perform, fans heard a taped recording of a woman singing instead. NowÂ SD Gay Men’s Chorus is crying foul, alleging “homophobia within the San Diego Padres organization,” and demanding an investigation.
“No attempt was made to stop the recording and start over,” the SD Gay Men’s Chorus says on Facebook. “No announcement of apology was made to the singers or their friends and families in the stands. No attempt to correct the situation occurred other than to force the 100 men to stand in the spotlight of center field for the songâ€™s duration and then be escorted off the field to the heckles of baseball fans shouting homophobic taunts including ‘You sing like a girl.'”
The Padres have issue a short, two-sentence apology, insisting “a mistake was made in the Petco Park control room.” They “apologize” to “anyone who may be offended.”
â€” San Diego Padres (@Padres) May 22, 2016
That may not be enough.
Outrage built throughout the day Sunday, after theÂ Gay Men’s Chorus say the humiliating “incident followed several days of troubling comments and behavior within the San Diego Padres organization.”
“Three days before the game, San Diego Padres representatives aggressively sought to prevent singers from performing the National Anthem unless they purchased a ticket to the gameâ€”even if they did not plan to stay for the gameâ€”which was not part of any previous discussion or written or verbal agreement and would have cost the small, community-based non-profit thousands of dollars,” the Gay Men’s Chorus said on Facebook.Â “The demand eventually was rescinded on Friday following repeated complaints made by SDGMC and San Diego Pride to San Diego Padres management.”
And they’re demanding “the City of San Diego City Attorneyâ€™s Office and the City of San Diego Human Relations Commission to independently investigate this incident to determine if members of the San Diego Padres organization engaged in activity in violation of the San Diego Human Rights Ordinance or engaged in any deliberate hate crimes based on sexual orientation.”
The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting the nationalÂ anthem “is not always performed live, and this was an instance where a taped version was to be played with the performers on the field.” If that’s true, it would be news to theÂ Gay Men’s Chorus, who were prepared to sing, not just stand on the field.
“I really want to believe that it was an error,” Bob Lehman, executive director of the Gay Men’s Chorus, told the Union-Tribune. “But the first thought was, did they do this on purpose?”
The SDGMC stood on the Petco Park field to sing the national anthem in front of 40,000+ fans during pride night and were shocked when the stadium played a female singer instead! Mike Dee the president and CEO of the Padres has apologized, but is it enough? I want answers! Was it a mistake or was it something more. PLEASE SHARE THE VIDEO!!! #sandiegogaymenschorus #sdgmc
Posted by Dan England on Sunday, May 22, 2016
On Twitter, many weighed in, with one LGBT activist wondering why no national LGBT org has come to the group’s aid:
â€” Scott Wooledge (@Clarknt67) May 22, 2016
After that tweet was posted, Outsports’Â Jim BuzinskiÂ noted that the Padres CEO needs “to make this right. At a minimum, the chorus needs to be invited back ASAP and given royal treatment. And a donation to the chorus or the Â charity of its choice would be in order. And if this was anything but a colossal screw-up by the control room, someone should be fired.”
BuzinskiÂ adds that “Billy Bean, who is gay and Major League Baseball’s ambassador for inclusion, played for the Padres and released this statement”:
â€” Billy Bean (@billybeanball) May 22, 2016
Sad…I think the San Diego Padres have some explaining to do… https://t.co/ju4DH3stWV
â€” Jeffery Hoyle (@emphasismc) May 22, 2016
So the San Diego Padres as homophobic bigots are the perfect baseball team for that city.
â€” Russell MacDonald (@RusellMacDonald) May 22, 2016
@Padres Bad form in how you treated the SD Gay Men’s Chorus tonight. I hope you make it up to them big time. And soon.
â€” Ryan (@rwb76) May 22, 2016
#SDinHD Biggest slap in face at Padres Game; Stadium played female singing on Loud Speaker over San Diego Gay Mens Chorus on the field
â€” Michael P (@jmprunner) May 22, 2016
Someone in the #Padres sound booth just screwed up really bad. Gay Mensâ€™ Chorus doing the anthemâ€¦ and a woman played in the speakers.
â€” Richard (@gdarklighter) May 22, 2016
â€” No1CaresAboutYrBoner (@nowaygabby) May 23, 2016
Video and screenshot via Dan England/Facebook
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‘Squashed Like a Bug’: Gaetz Smacked Down After ‘Rage-Tweeting a Slander on America’s Entire Military History’
“Buddy the only war you fought is against age of consent”
Congressman Matt Gaetz attacked the U.S. Armed Forces on Wednesday, suggesting America doesn’t win wars because of Generals like the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley. General Milley, who has worn an Army uniform since before the Florida Republican congressman was born, is being heralded for delivering a strong and intelligent rebuke of Gaetz’s attack on critical race theory and criticizing the U.S. Military for being “woke.”
Gen. Milley told Gaetz during a House committee hearing that he would like to better understand both critical race theory and “white rage,” which he implied was connected to Donald Trump’s January 6 insurrection.
“I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military, our general officers, our commissioned and noncommissioned officers of being quote ‘woke,’ or something else because we’re studying some theories that are out there,” Milley told Gaetz.
Gaetz, whose district has a huge military presence including one of the largest air bases in the world, did not wait long to strike back, attacking General Milley:
With Generals like this it’s no wonder we’ve fought considerably more wars than we’ve won. https://t.co/wt43YAs6cU
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) June 23, 2021
Attacking Americans who believe systemic racism is real:
I’m far more offended that they actually ARE woke… https://t.co/TWT4LhJ4iu
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) June 23, 2021
Attacking the U.S. Armed Forces:
We must defend our patriotic military service members against their woke leadership.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) June 23, 2021
And praising the Chinese Communist Party (CCP):
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) June 23, 2021
It did not go well for him:
Sorry, didn’t realize that committing sexual assault on minors and then paying them off was a war. I mean Venmo can be a bit tricky but I wouldn’t call it “war”.
— Mandolyn Hicks 🏖 (@mandolynhicks) June 23, 2021
We? 🙄 Unless you count struggling with Venmo’s privacy settings as a war, “we” haven’t fought in a war.
— Jorge A. Caballero, MD (@DataDrivenMD) June 23, 2021
buddy the only war you fought is against age of consent
— kilgore trout, dna harvester (@KT_So_It_Goes) June 23, 2021
You got squashed like a bug today, boy. It was glorious.
Get these last tweets out before your human trafficking indictment tho. Daddy can’t save you this time, it ain’t some local yokel cops and your DUIs
— Ned Pyle (@NerdPyle) June 23, 2021
Matt was so thoroughly embarrassed that he decided to rage-tweet a slander on America’s entire military history.
— 👤 (@9teen80four) June 23, 2021
You got owned today and you damn well know it.
— 𝓖𝓮𝓻𝓪𝓵𝓭𝓸 (𝓝𝓞𝓣 𝓡𝓲𝓿𝓮𝓻𝓪) 💧 (@gvravel) June 23, 2021
It’s time you show the Generals how it’s done. Take a break as a lawmaker and go overseas and represent our great nation in battle. Win us a few
— antony sparza (@antonysparza) June 23, 2021
Way to attack your voting base and district, Matt. Keep going, though. Show your district how you “support” the military.
— SSton (@SharinStone) June 23, 2021
Gaetz is an ignorant ass and belongs in prison. He couldn’t carry any military member’s water. https://t.co/5gfwJb3g1R
— Dr. Steve Woodsmall, Major, USAF-Retired (@SteveWoodsmall) June 23, 2021
This needed to be said. Glad it was one of our military leaders.
And Matt Gaetz is a punk. https://t.co/VlDhb34AxQ
— Paul C. (@TheFeistyFinn) June 23, 2021
Look at Matt Gaetz. This general has more decorations than the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, and yet that clown shakes his head.
Don’t ever believe, for a second, all this “we love the military” and “blue lives matter” stuff.
It’s all roses until they aren’t convenient covers https://t.co/U1g0wPqmwO
— Matt Verderame (@MattVerderame) June 23, 2021
Hey, @mattgaetz, see those stripes on Gen Milley’s right sleeve? Each one represents 6 months in combat. SecDef Austin has more, but they aren’t on his suit. You really want to do this? https://t.co/vwiSfm1aNc
— Mark Hertling (@MarkHertling) June 23, 2021
I don’t ever want to hear how the GOP respects the military ever again https://t.co/cHHlEzNY0U
— abk_kyle (@AbkKyle) June 23, 2021
Watch: Joint Chiefs Chairman Incinerates Matt Gaetz With Epic Lecture on Critical Race Theory
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley blasted U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz for mocking and opposing critical race theory during what was supposed to be a budget hearing. He left the Florida Republican Congressman speechless and only able to shake his head.
Milley, a General in the U.S. Army who has been in uniform since 1980 decimated Rep. Gaetz, his supporters, and conservatives in general for mocking the idea that systemic racism exists, while adding that he would like to better understand both critical race theory and “white rage.”
“First of all, on the issue of critical race theory, etc,.” Milley began. “A lot of us have to get much smarter on whatever the theory is, but I do think it’s important, actually, for those of us in uniform, to be open minded and be widely read, and the United States Military Academy is a university, and it is important that we train, and we understand, and I want to understand white rage, and I’m white, and I want to understand it.”
“So, what is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building, and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America? What caused that? I want to find that out,” Milley, who has degrees from Princeton, Columbia, and the Naval War College, declared. “I want to maintain an open mind here, and I do want to analyze it, it’s important that we understand that because our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Guardians, they come from the American people. So it is important that the leaders, now and in the future, do understand it.”
“I’ve read Mao Tse Tung, I’ve read, I’ve read Karl Marx, I’ve read Lenin: that doesn’t make me a communist. So what is wrong with understanding, having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend?”
“I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military, our general officers, our commissioned and noncommissioned officers of being quote ‘woke,’ or something else because we’re studying some theories that are out there. That was started at Harvard Law School, years ago, and it proposed that there were laws in the United States, antebellum laws prior to the Civil War that led to a power differential with African Americans that were three-quarters of a human being, when this country was formed, and then we had a civil war and Emancipation Proclamation to change it, and we brought it up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – took another 100 years to change that. So look it I do want to know, and I respect your service and you and I both Green Berets, but I want to know. And it matters to our military in the discipline and cohesion of this military, and I thank you for the opportunity to make a comment on that.”
Strong reaction from Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley on the issue of critical race theory before House Armed Services.
“I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military, our general officers, our noncommisioned officers of being quote ‘woke'” pic.twitter.com/otWBw3YdPK
— Dave Brown (@dave_brown24) June 23, 2021
‘Pray for the Christians’: Graham Urges School Boards to Fight the ‘Godless Socialist Agenda’ of CRT
Evangelical and anti-LGBTQ activist Franklin Graham is urging Americans to “pray for the Christians” who are fighting what he calls a “godless socialist agenda,” an agenda he says now includes critical race theory and “concerning transgender policies.”
Pointing to an article about Loudon County, Virginia, currently a hotbed of controversy over transgender students’ rights and the teaching of critical race theory (which is not actually being taught in public schools, only in colleges and universities,) Graham patted himself on the back for traveling to all 50 states in 2016 to urge Christians to run for office, especially school boards.
He says those local boards’ decisions “impact our children and our grandchildren’s lives, and they impact the future of our country, so it is vitally important. I’m thankful for the parents in Loudoun County, Virginia, who are speaking up and working to keep things like critical race theory and concerning transgender policies out of their schools.”
“We have to stand up against the godless socialist agenda trying to divide us and take over this country,” he claimed.
“Pray for the Christians in Loudoun County, that they would stand strong and speak the truth in love. And pray about how you can get involved in your city and make a real difference. Will you?” Graham urged.
Conservatives have been infiltrating local school boards, where they have the opportunity to indoctrinate children at a young age into far right wing extremism, the pro-Trump MAGA movement, white nationalism and white supremacism, and an anti-science agenda.
In April TIME reported, “QAnon Candidates Are Winning Local Elections,” and asked, “Can They Be Stopped?”
And earlier this month the National Education Association (NEA) asked: “Is QAnon Radicalizing Your School Board?”
“Proponents of QAnon allege that Satan-worshipping pedophiles are secretly running the country, and they also have spread false information about COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, the recent election and more,” the NEA article revealed. “When they get elected to local offices, they endanger citizens because their potential decisions—around budget, safety, school curriculum and more—aren’t grounded in reality.”
And in 2017 Media Matters reported on “How The Hate Group Alliance Defending Freedom Is Infiltrating Public Schools.”
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