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DJ Takes Blame for Padres’ National Anthem ‘Unfortunate Mistake,’ Apologizes to Gay Men’s Chorus

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DJ Who Played the Wrong Recording, Humiliating the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus Says It Was ‘A Very Unfortunate Mistake’

DJ ArtForm is taking full responsibility for playing a recording of a woman singing the National Anthem while 100 members of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus stood on the field at Petco Park Saturday taunted and feeling humiliated.

Offering his “deepest apologies and sincere regret toward the entire San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus & the LGBT community for the incident,” DJ ArtForm says in a Facebook post he “in no way, shape or form directed any type of hate, bad intent or discrimination towards the Chorus or anyone involved,” and says he is “truly sorry.”

“It was a very unfortunate mistake but it was just that, an error,” he adds.

The Padres fired him Sunday night, and he says, “I have felt the consequences of my mistake as my dream job has dissolved before my eyes which does not take away that I am extremely sorry for the horrible mistake that occurred.”

I have family members & friends that are a part of the LGBT community & I have always been a supporter of Equal Human Rights, so it pains me greatly to see that I am being accused of acting intentionally. 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.”

Outsports reports that DJ ArtForm called in to local San Diego’s Mighty 1090’s Scott and BR Show Monday afternoon saying “there was no mal-intent or discriminatory actions.”

“I ruined a great moment for a lot of people,” he laments. “My stomach was in knots.” 

He says the cause of his error was a date issue on the recording file the Gay Men’s Chorus emailed him.

RELATED: Major League Baseball Will Be Investigating Gay Men’s Chorus Complaint Against San Diego Padres

“I should have intervened, I should have turned it down. There are a lot of coulda woulda shoulda’s.”

“This isn’t something I take lightly. So I have personally spoken to the (chorus) director earlier this morning. … I’m doing things on my side to be as constructive and proactive with this whole ordeal,” DJ ArtForm told the Scott and BR Show, who posted the interview to Twitter:

Outsports’ Cyd Zeigler asks, “Will the Chorus accept his apology and ask that his job be re-instated? That will be interesting to see.”

 

EARLIER: 

Honest Error or Homophobic Humiliation? What Really Happened to the Gay Men’s Chorus at Petco Park?

Padres Say ‘No Evidence of Malicious Intent’ Against Gay Men’s Chorus, Apologize, Fire Contractor

 

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‘Jesus Was Not a Socialist!’ Fox News Panel Explodes Over Jesus Christ’s Political Views

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Conservative religious pundits on Fox News recoiled in outrage on Sunday after a left-leaning guest suggested that Jesus Christ was “more of a socialist” than a capitalist.

During a Fox & Friends segment designed to cast doubt on the faith or Democratic presidential candidates, evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress argued that socialism is “antithetical to Christianity.”

But St. Paul Reverend Dee Dawkins-Haigler reminded the other panelists that scriptures seemed to point to what people now call socialism.

“We believe in things like, what did you do to the least of them?” Dawkins-Haigler explained. “You fed the hungry, you clothed the naked, you went to see those who are in prison.”

“You do not have to be a socialist to be a Christian!” Jeffress shot back. “Socialism is antithetical to Christianity and if they nominate Bernie Sanders, they are not going to be able to attract any faith voters.”

“I totally disagree,” Dawkins-Haigler retorted. “People would have said that Jesus was more of a socialist than anybody we’re talking about today.”

The remarks stopped Fox News host Pete Hegseth cold.

“Why was Jesus a socialist?” he exclaimed.

“Because Jesus did not sit with the establishment, he overturned tables of the tax collectors, he sat with people who were lepers,” Dawkins-Haigler explained. “He made sure he healed people who people thought should not have been healed.”

“So we have to be very careful how we use this language and try to take ownership of who God is,” she added.

“That’s a big claim,” Hegseth interrupted again, giving the floor to Jeffress.

“No! Jesus was not a socialist!” Jeffress opined. “He said render unto Ceasar the things that are Ceasar’s and to God the things that are God’s. He was compassionate. Church is to be compassionate, but you don’t have to believe in socialism, which is nothing but communism light and is absolutely is opposed to everything that is Christian.”

Watch the video below from Fox News.

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Trump National Security Advisor Blasted for ‘Weaponizing’ Classified Intel Against Bernie Sanders as Nevada Caucuses

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President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor was blasted online on Saturday for a smear against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) while Nevada Democrats were caucusing to choose the DNC’s 2020 presidential nominee.

Josh Dawsey, White House reporter for The Washington Post, broke news on Saturday about what Robert O’Brien said in an interview to air on Sunday.

O’Brien was quickly criticized for his comments. Here is some of what people were saying:

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Internet Heaps Praise on CNN’s Anderson Cooper for His ‘Must Watch’ Destruction of Rod Blagojevich

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper received near-universal praise across the board for what one commenter called his “fiery rebuke” of recently paroled former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Friday night that culminated in the CNN host telling him excuses for why he should not have been in prison were “bullsh*t.”

During the highly-contentious interview, Cooper came armed with facts and did not let Blagojevich get away with comparing himself to political prisoner Nelson Madel a which drew a smirk and rebuke from the CNN host.

Many on Twitter were quick to point to the interview as one all cable hosts should look at as a way to stop guests who go on shows to lie with no pushback.

As former President Bill Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich put it: “At a time when so many lies go unchecked and unaddressed by the media, @andersoncooper ‘s fiery rebuke of Blagojevich’s narrative could not have been more necessary. This is what real journalism looks like.”

You can see similar comments — as well as video — below:

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